Title Digital edition. Apprenticeship and Network
Project Number 2008-1-ES1-LEO04-00119
Product Dean Digital Library
Title Dean Digital Library
Product Type website
Marketing Text After the structure of the international network was settled we suggested to create an intangible product as subject of the project which might be aware of the importance of knowledge (basic element of the new society), the use of the new information technologies, and a reflection on the effect social impact on this activity will exert on the foundation of the emerging new society. In our case the intangible product proposed was to build a pilot digital library.
But the point was not to obtain a mere product but to experiment with a new pedagogy based on two concepts : learning by doing and learning cooperatively
Firstly by adopting learning by doing notion we remark the fact that if defining an objective on one hand and obtaining a product on the other hand, it would increase the interest and motivation of the apprentices whereas they perceive the purpose of their effort besides they discover how to learn to integrate practice into theory within knowledge foundation
Secondly by adopting learning cooperatively notion, we may notice how apprenticeship can be highly stressed when working in groups, in teams, whether each one helps the other to do his work, and how the collaboration in a friendly atmosphere can be more effective than competition which means struggle and isolation.
We applied these notions mentioned above when the proposal of a pilot digital library was set out by answering to the following queries:
What’s a digital library? What books to choose? Which is its social use? Study which techniques to use related to the capture of images, digitisation, cataloguing; To study and integrate the digitised books into the digital library and the methods of search.
Target group The target group was the Scholar community on its whole including staff board, parents association,educational officials, non formal and informal trainers and trainees, high schools, vocational training apprentices, public
Dean’s project physical output has been to build up a pilot digital library but the pedagogical result is the suitability for an apprenticeship centred on the learner, the cooperation among them and the effectiveness this way to learn and of education will play a core role in the changing society where our scholars will be living.
Our experience has shown to us how by joining both educative cooperative network structure and "learning by doing" methodology the trainees have acquired skills and abilities which have boosted their way of approaching knowledge and with self-confidence and courage they’ve shown they could be the owners of what they’ve learnt.
We have also noticed that learners have slowly overtaken their fear to make mistakes and to ask what they don’t know by cooperative and mutual aid. And that shared and cooperative work set in common become part of their own knowledge whether each one’s work is judged worth by the others.
We must not forget at all the importance of Information Technology. They have made possible to set and integrate Dean’s network, use the computer as a powerful tool for learning and for data communication networks, as well as to have efficient computing programmes, easy to learn, which filled the gap between different apprentices from different educational backgrounds. This means providing greater independence and greater sense of empowerment, of being able to do more than they could do before. The goal of education is that each individual will come out with a sense of personal self respect, empowerment and love for one self because from that grow all the other loves: for people, for knowledge, for the society in which they live.
Area of application Education, information and communication, professional and technical computing field, digital libraries,disadvantaged learning groups, open and long distance learning, computing techniques