Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Marketing Text "This is an ambitious, relevant and worthwhile project which seeks to raise the e-learning competences of vocational teachers to a markedly higher level than it is at present. The project includes substantial pedagogic and technical development tasks. The only problem is whether collaborative learning will be accepted by the majority of teachers and students as an improvement in the vocational training area where social interaction between young people is significant." Prof. James Slevin, external project assessor.
In their report on LdV results, IMPULS 10 made by Graham Attwell et al., one of the conclusions of the authors was that in LdV projects much energy had been used for the development of virtual learning platforms and contents, and little work had been made on developing the best means of mainstreaming: teacher pilots. The result is that today many LdV partners have developed many good e-learning or blended learning materials, but because it is relatively complicated to use them, these are mainly used by their developers. At the same time, many TVET institutions have sought to implement e-learning and the new learning methods in their institutions, both because the see that this is necessary to match the requirements from a society where new job profiles and qualifications appear almost daily, and because there is increasing pressure from the national governments to do this. In Denmark, for example TVET institutions are now required to make e-portfolios and career plans, but not many institutions have come far in this direction. Typically, they all have an Learning Management portal, but it is mainly used for administrative purposes.
Therefore VITAE will develop a model which will speed up the implementation process of the new technology and new learning methods in EU TVET institutions. VITAE will build on LdV projects VOCA Europe and VOCA 2, and Nordisk Råds Project Den Nordiske stemme.
Model development: transfer of project results combined with latest innovation in the field of collaborative learning, social constructivist pedagogy and latest Web 2.0 tools (interactive Internet tools).
Model testing: Train-the-trainers pilots
Virtual and physical conferences
Virtual communities of practice
Final Model Adjustment
VITAE Project Handbook with description of best approaches and best practices in implementing e-learning/blended learning in TVET institutions.
The Vitae partnership will consist of TVET institutions, universities, private companies and research institutions in 4 EU countries and Norway, and the model developed by the project will facilitate the implementation of the new learning approaches in the EU and thus assist in building a knowledge based economy, a priority called for in the Lisbon Declaration.
From a sectoral perspective, the VITAE project will build on projects whose main target groups were disabled people and transfer its focus to the vocational and technical training and education sector and develop and test a strategy for the :
• Increased ICT skills among teachers
• Increased teacher motivation ( increased ICT skills means increased prestige among students and pupils)
• Development of new teacher role in ICT
• Increased integration of ICT in the teaching in TVET institutions
• Increased development of e-content and e-learning
• Transformation of existing traditional class room learning materials into the new learning format
• Use of teachers, who are ICT frontrunners, as mentors for their colleagues in the devel-opment of the new role of teachers
• The sharing of knowledge, e-materials and experiences among teachers (through virtual fora)
On a national level the VITAE transfer will be imply:
• Introduction of meta learning aspects in teaching to facilitate the introduction of a tradition of lifelong learning in the population
• Enabling teachers to become key elements in the building of a knowledge based society
• Increasing the prestige of the teaching profession to help solve the present recruitment problems.
Open and distance learning
open and distance learning
1.The VITAE model:A comprehensive pedagogic approach to promoting the use of ICT tools to TVET teachers
2.Project platform:Website/communication tool/source bank/ discussion forum/meeting place for TVET teachers
3.Project pilots: train-the-trainers courses.Model for how to make train-the-trainers courses in the integration of ICT in teaching. Pilots will be held as blended learning courses in DK, LT, and UK, and in distance course format in NO and DE. After the courses, the final adjustments will be made to the model.
4. Project pilots: Mentor courses.Model for how to make mentor courses for teachers who are to function as mentors for their colleagues in the process of implementing the new ways of teaching. Pilot mentor courses will be held as blended learning courses in DK, LT, and UK, and in distance course format in NO and DE, and after the courses the final adjustments will be made to the model.
5. Project hotline and helpdesk: Electronic help facilities to support course activities.
6. Project virtual communities of practice: Electronic forum for inspiration and debates as regards the use of the new learning methods in TVET and other teaching. The Forum will be open to the public. The project partners will take turns as moderators in the forum.
7. Project conferences: One face-to-face and three virtual conferences. The conferences will use guest lecturers that can demonstrate examples of best practice in the field and also examples of products developed in the project. Pod casts will be made of the virtual conferences and placed on the homepage for free downloading.