Title Using business models and results from the Vitae, iQTool and eTutor Portal projects to increase ICT skills and competences of VET teachers, trainers, tutors and technical staff
Project Number 2010-1-NO1-LEO05-01839
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Many Leonardo projects develop important and useful results. However these results are often not as widely used as desired.
In the Understand IT project we use the Norwegian development method Concurrent eLearning design (CCeD) to develop a business plan for the utilization of the results from the Leonardo Vitae project. Vitae is a teacher training method to train VET teachers in the use of Web 2.0 technologies. There will be arranged Vitae courses in Italy, Lithuania, Portugal and Norway. The aim is both to spread the Vitae method and also to make it sustainable, supported by the business plan. The business plan must of cause be developed separately for each country and for each institution who is involved. In the end, Understand IT plan to make a generic business plan, based on experiences from running the courses. The generic business plan can then be used by new institutions in other European countries can adapt the Vitae courses to their course portfolios in a sustainable way.
The rationale for the understand IT project are twofold.
Firstly, there is a documented need for VET teachers, trainers and tutors to include ICT in their learning activities. The project Vitae has developed a set of net based learning activities, using modern web 2.0 tools where VET teachers can discover how to use these tools in their own practise. This comes along with mentoring and other activities, all defined in the Vitae approach.
Secondly, there is a general problem of how to disseminate and exploit results from Leonardo and other projects to a broader audience, outside the project group, and to new countries in EU.
The main aim of this project is to envisage a strategy to make the results from EU projects more sustainable after the end of the project period. Building on the Generic Business Model, developed in understand IT; project leaders and managers are able to make their own business strategy and Vitae courses can be run all over Europe.
What we will do:
1. We will use results from the Leonardo projects Vitae (ICT Teacher training), iQTool (Quality assurance), and eTutors Portal (a repository for dissemination and resource sharing).
2. We will make a design document and a business plan for the Vitae approach by running five sessions using the Concurrent eLearning Design (CCeD) model. All areas like content, pedagogy, technology and business will be covered, and all stakeholders and decision makers will take part. The model will run in a CCeD room and also distributed, using Mindmap and online communication.
3. We will try out the results by running courses in 4 languages in four countries.
4. We will evaluate all types of results, i.e. learning outcomes and business results.
5. We will use the results to develop a generic business model, to be used for running courses by new institutions in other countries and also as a platform for exploitation of EU project results in general.
The consortium includes expertise from the involved projects, Vitae, iQTool and eTutor Portal. Six countries are represented. Institutions like HiST, BETI and CENFIM have more than 15 years experience in developing courses for industry, net based learning, and teacher training, and act as course suppliers in different parts of the European EDU market. The consortium also has at least three EU project coordinators. We represent both high academic qualifications as well as practitioners. In the team there are experts in pedagogy, technology, teacher training, languages and cultural issues. And last but not least we have thorough knowledge of creating sustainable net based businesses in the EDU market.
A lot of VET teachers all over Europe will obtain necessary ICT skills.
The generic business model will be a powerful tool to make EU projects sustainable.
Open and distance learning
Professional, Scientific and Technical Activities
Information and Communication
open and distance learning
program or curricula
Outcomes from understand IT are:
1. A Fact sheet of the VITAE approach with references to online and other resources
2. A Fact sheet of the iQTool project with references to online and other resources
3. A Fact sheet of the eTutor Portal with references to online and other resources
4. A CCeD process description adapted to the Understand IT project, described in Google Docs framework to be used to transfer the Vitae results to new usergroups
5. A design document for Vitae.
6. A Business Plan for running Vitae courses in four institutions, in four European countries, with different EDU market situations.
7. A package for Vitae courses in four different languages
8. A CoP for sharing and reuse of resources and expertise.
9. A generic business model (Pattern)