Title Wikinomics - Fostering collaborative key-competences for employability through free-licensing & wiki methodologies
Project Number 2013-1-CH1-LEO05-00869
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Marketing Text The Wikinomics project aimed to improve, reuse and disseminate Wikiskills results, with a focus on the area of economy and employment. The Wikinomics project aimed to foster key competences required for employability in the constantly changing environments of the world of work.
The ‘Agenda for new skills and jobs’ initiative highlights the need to upgrade skills and to boost employability. As mentioned in the Official Journal of the European Union (2011), it is important to “strengthen the capacity to anticipate and match labour market and skills needs, as well as to deliver the right mix of skills, including transversal competences”. Furthermore, Europe faces up to 700.000 unfilled ICT jobs and declining competitiveness (EC press release, Davos, jan25th, 2013).
Meanwhile, on Wikipedia, a new way of learning is self-developing, organically. By supporting synergic collaborative opportunities, wiki environments have proved to provide rich learning outcomes in a wide range of educational environments and levels. This is the result of the free licensing culture, sometimes called «wikinomics». Trainers rarely understand and use free licenses for their courses, and miss a key to handle dynamic pedagogical methodologies useful in the digital age.
The Wikinomics project aimed to foster key competences required for employability in the constantly changing environments of the world of work. It set free-culture and wiki methodologies as the basis for an innovative pedagogical methodology.
Indeed, these two innovative approaches have demonstrated a great potential in developing key-competences required for the future labour market needs, including creativity, innovation, collaboration, ICT literacy, communication in mother tongue and foreign languages, learning to learn, social and civic awareness, sense of initiative and entrepreneurship.
The specific objectives of the project were the following:
1. To shape a transversal, multi-sectorial key-competences model, compliant with the ECVET framework, and provide concrete tools and methodologies for its implementation;
2. To develop, implement and evaluate a training module specially designed to match VET specificities and different sectors, which integrates free culture and wiki-based methodologies for enhancing the development of key-competences for employability;
3. To conduct a series of collaborative wiki-based learning scenarios in which VET trainees will conduct meaningful activities in order to achieve shared results and learning outcomes;
4. To create a sustainable community of practices among VET actors among Europe, helping each other to adopt new socio-economical and pedagogical models in phase with the digital age.
The Wikinomics framework, module and tools will be validated through various implementations in different VET sectors. They will be made freely accessible after the project, so to provide a universal resource, specially adapted to the actual and future labour market needs, transferable to LLL strategies of a large scope of socio-professional sectors.
Description The Wikinomics project aimed to innovate in its implementation methodology and future sustainablity by organizing Wikithons (working groups with experts, http://www.wikinomics-project.eu/wikithon-2014), Bootcamps (solution seeking events with companies and other organisations, http://www.wikinomics-project.eu/wikinomics-wn-boot-camp-17th-october-2014-warsaw) and TEDx events (http://www.tedxgeneva.net)
Open and distance learning
Professional, Scientific and Technical Activities
Information and Communication
material for open learning
transparency and certification
During the first year of the project th Wikinomics partners have produced:
- The Conceptualization of Wikinomics Approach
- A Desktop study including national case studies from all partners
- A report on users needs analysis
- An adaption of wikinomics skills on a system of ECVET collaborative key competences
- The Wikinomics multi-sectorial training module
- The Wikinomics module Toolbox
All available for reading and free reuse at http://www.wikinomics-project.eu/wikinomics/wikinomics-project-deliverables/