Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Marketing Text The eFESTO general objective was to deliver learning services for deaf learners to aquire modern competences as required by the actual market jobs and roles. Moreover the aim was the inclusion and employment of deaf citizens in specific job sectors and fields and regarding this aim the e-learning environment was created for deaf learners to deliver learning services to empower requested and marketable competencies The e-learning platform created can be easily used by learners with language and physical disabillities.
Some specific analysis in Poland highlighted that the highest number of people with disabilities is employed in agriculture, hunting and forestry as well as in manufacturing (respectively 30% and 19% of all employed people with disabilities). The main reason that justifies this situation is due to low levels of education and inadequate vocational qualifications.
In that case created e-learning platform in eFESTO project broke a barrier inside the deaf people world.On e-learning platform prepared in the project specific Learning Objects (courses) were put inside in the different levels of knowledge. Moreover direct and indirect aims of the eFESTO project were achieved by transfering and adapting existing e-learning platform and training modules from previous projects which were implemented in Italy (projects previously funded by the Ministry of Education in Italy); other achieved goal of the project was the creation of the distance learning environment, in order to help deaf people acquire skills and competencies to perform the work desired to the market roles and occupations; eFESTO project focused on LA.DI.RE and PSELDA projects which have been transferred to the environment of polish deaf people conditions; in fact it was additional development of a new didactic methodology specified for deaf learners and workers based on interactions, video of National and International Sign Languages and based on dinamic subtitles;it was the adaptation of theoretical courses, and the development on new one, regarding the specific needs of deaf learners and workers; adaptation of already existed practical course and developed specific components to it for deaf workers; via a dedicated eFESTO e-learning platform, project unlocked another doors for deaf people, tried to understand their situation and helped in communication.
eFESTO project was oriented in particular to satisfy the needs of deaf and hardhearing learners and workers in Poland. In fact specific analysis in Poland highlighted that the highest number of people with disabilities are employed in big supermarkets, agriculture, hunting and forestry as well as in manufacturing. The main reason that justifies this situation is due to low levels of education and inadequate vocational
Open and distance learning
Access for disadvantaged
Professional, Scientific and Technical Activities
Information and Communication
open and distance learning
material for open learning
- MAIN PRODUCT:e-learning eFESTO platform,where Learning Objects are put for different levels of knowledge; there are courses of Maths, Physics, English language, and Computer Science + laboratory experiment prepared only for polish deaf workers.
Other products of the project:
- General Web Portal;It was web portal prepared in eFESTO project. Web portal informed Consortium Partners as well as interested parties (European Commission, National Agency/ies, stakeholders, institutions, federations,social parties, schools for the deaf students, others) about the project progress.
-Theoretical Updating Courses is the description of the Theoretical Learning Objects which were prepared in different levels: from primary, intermediate, secondary level of deaf learners and for deaf workers. The deliverable decribes the concrete learning objects prepared in eFESTO project: English contents (prepared for primary, intermediate,secondary level of deaf learners and for workers in Polish, Italian and Hungarian Sign Languages + International Signs-for workers only in Polish Sign Language and International Signs), Mathematic contents (prepared for primary, intermediate,secondary level of deaf learners in Polish and Italian Sign Languages), Physics contents (prepared for intermediate and secondary level of deaf learners in Polish and Italian Sign Languages) and Computer Science contents prepared only for deaf workers in Polish Sign Language. Bulgarian partner have been modified learning objects according to the Bulgarian National Requirement for the Didactic Content and needs of children from Special School for Children with Damaged Hearing in Sofia. Partner have been developed and designed new Learning Objects entirely for primary level of deaf learners which refer to:MATHEMATICS, MAN AND NATURE, MAN AND SOCIETY, BULGARIAN LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE. Theroretical updating courses is the deliverable which describe what was prepared in the theoretical meaning;
- Practical Updating Courses; the description of the Practical Learning Objects which are Theoretical Learning Objects which goes with the videos of the particular Sign Languages (Polish, Italian, Bulgarian and Hungarian Sign Languages) and text synchronisation;
-Installation Manual;this booklet describes the software for the laboratory server which is used for connecting an external laboratory to the eFESTO system;
- User Manual;this manual booklet concerns the procedure to access the eFESTO learning system and environment. In detail, this booklet, translated to all partners' languages, is a very short and simple manual for the users reporting the actions to execute in order to use the services of the developed environment;
-Quality of System Method Questionnaire;this special created questionnaire was distributed to users (participants of the testing phase in Poland and Italy) after the experimental phase;
-Quality of System Estimation Statistic Report;this document describes statistic representation for answers given by deaf learners (testing made in Italy and Poland) and workers (testing made in Poland) to the Quality of System Method Questionnaires which were distributed after each pilot actions which took place in Poland and Italy;
-Workshop documentation:this documentation are minutes (short reports) which was prepared by each partner and shows the different workshops on which consortium partner was engaged or personally organised during the different phases of the project (in the 2 years of the project);
-Scientific papers;during the whole project progress, scientific papers were used as dissemination materials used in local/international/ events, conferences. Scientific papers showed the approach of using e-learning as a tool which helps deaf learners and workers function in the real world;
-Final Documentation;this is the documentation with all deliverables prepared as an abstracts + appendix with the tasks and deliverables achieved during the whole project progress;
- Meeting Documentation;this is the documentation (short reports) which was prepared by each partner and shows the different meeting on which consortium partner was engaged or personally organised during the different phases of the project - including consortium meetings and skype conferences with partners;
-User Needs Analysis Document;it is a document describing social studies methodologies; it is a data collection and analysis report.
-State of the Art document; it is a social studies research methodologies, qualitative and statistical analysis;
-Design Document of Didactic Methodology;this is the document, which describes the didactic contents proposed in the eFESTO project which are related to scientific subjects, English and laboratory activities. This is an educational and Instructional learning design document;
-eFESTO Environment Design Document;this is the deliverable which describes the eFESTO environment were the methodology is already put;this report indicates ICT designing and methodologies;
-Graphical Interface Design Document;this is the document shows usability, accesibility and special pedagogy used in eFESTO project system;
-System Pilot Run; testing activity of the e-learning platform, was a pilot action and moreover short report prepared after the whole pilot action done in Poland, Italy and additionally in Bulgaria. This short report from the platform testing in Poland, Italy and Bulgaria describes how pilot actions were organized in each country, timming, participants, and furthermore the document includes suggestions for enhancement of the eFESTO platform made by deaf users after pilot actions
-Test Document; deliverable focused on graphical design of the interface of practical activities to manage remote or local apparatus;
-Dissemination Plan; plan for the dissemination of the objectives and of the results of the eFESTO Project;
-Exploitation Plan; deliverable which provides the exploitation plan performed by the Consortium in the framework of the eFESTO project. It summarises the final project results and the exploitation strategy both at Consortium and partners level, and shows the market potential for project result. The document contains the market study (carried out under the same task) and gives updates and extends the state of art analysis of other European initiatives, providing further details and refinements taking into account the results achieved within the project;
-Quality Management Plan;managerial plan, which describes the partners' roles in eFESTO project, communication and managerial aspects to be used in the whole project duration, main consortium meetings to be held (plus additional ones, which can be organised) and PMC-Project Management Committee, which are representatives from the coordinator part as well as WP Leaders and Dissemination Leader;
-Progress Reports (4) and Technical and Financial reports (4) which was internal reportshowed the situation in the project, tasks and deliverables achieved, dissemination activities done by partners, financial issues needed to be respected by partners;
-Quality Management Final report;internal managerial plan, which describes the partners' roles in eFESTO project, tasks in work package 7 and 8 achieved under the project management activities, communication and managerial aspects used in the whole project duration, all consortium meetings held with the technical one,PMC-Project Management Committee, which are representatives from the coordinator part as well as WP Leaders and Dissemination Leader and description of the internal monitoring used in the whole project duration with the feedbacks came from the evaluation survey prepared by coordinator and sent to consortium partners, regarding:
1) Technical and administrative issues
2) Substantive and financial issues;
-Dissemination materials; materials prepared under the eFESTO project to be disseminated in a wide range of dissemination activities, like: local/internationa events, workshops, meetings with users, stakeholders, and during ani other dissemination campaigns organised by partners or other parties.