Title E-business Mobile Training - use of mobile Performance Support System for acquiring e-business management skills
Project Number 2011-1-PL1-LEO05-19883
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
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We are living at the beginning of a new Era of “Knowledge Society” in which tremendous changes are undergoing in education. Ways of acquiring new knowledge have been strongly influenced by the ICT by which we are surrounded every day in almost every aspect of our life. The rapid grow of mobile devices has dramatically changed the way we communicate and we get the information and without no doubt has become an important driver of innovation in learning. Mobile computing is one of the fastest growing areas within the technology industry worldwide, which make possible to envisage an audience for mobile learning content which is media rich, collaborative and always available to the user. Nowadays learning can be characterized by a preference for receiving information quickly, coupled with the ability to process it rapidly, a heavy reliance on ICTs for information access and communication, and a preference for active involvement in learning over passive learning in lectures. Moreover, the traditional educational systems of VET should go in the direction of training closely related to the job. Therefore, new methodological approaches are needed in order to make the best use of the potential of the mobile devices.
The main objective of the project is to transfer the innovative mobile Performance Support System methodology to the area of e-business in Poland, Bulgaria and Spain and on its foundations develop the E-business Mobile Training Methodology (EMTM). The mPSS was designed, developed, evaluated and implemented within the frames of Leonardo DOI project that ended in 2010. mPSS presents m-learning as a form of performance support system for educational and training purposes and can be easily adopted to the needs of future and present managers of e-business. This will enlarge the efficiency of trainings in long-term results through providing trainees with a job aid in the context of their work.
The partnership of the project consists of 4 organizations representing 3 countries (Bulgaria, Spain, Poland). All partners have experience in projects’ implementation in the field of innovative learning and adult education. Conducting this project partners will be sharing their knowledge and validate the methodology in each country.
General outcomes of the project will include transfer of innovative mPSSS methodology, Trainer's Manual, pilot training program for 68 trainees and set of training materials, as well as multimedia content.
The impact of the project will be to make E-business trainings more effective in long term perspective by providing learners with a job aid in the context of their work. The project will contribute to the continued development of mobile learning and incorporating it into the mainstream of education and training provision.
ICT tools, including mobile devices are present in nearly every aspect of our life. Surprisingly the research conducted by MOF in 2010 indicated that even the most experienced trainers are lacking in ICT competences, often feeling unsecure and endangered when using ICT tools in the training environment (including m-learning). The problem lies not only in complexity of software used but also in trainers' mentality. Trainers perceive themselves as experts and the risk of potential failure bound to using more sophisticated devices seems to overwhelm them.
As a result of the project trainers will receive a methodology and trainers' manual that will explain them step by step how to make usage of mobile devices in their everyday work in. During the seminars and pilot trainings trainers will have the chance to convince themselves of attractiveness and effectiveness of m-learning. The project will empower trainers in vocational education and training with methods and tools, integrated in a system that will design, develop and present learning resources for an educational process.
Mobile devices are popular and used by almost everyone, including all the groups at risk of social exclusion, as well as students in the rural areas. They are regarded as personal technologies, and as such are likely to encourage a positive response to the m-learning. Use of mobile devices in training gives a unique opportunity to provide trainings anytime and anywhere to anyone who use a mobile. This is a great opportunity for them to be engaged in lifelong learning education, with flexibility and choice in where and when they learn.
Mobility offers also an opportunity to maximize learning time, which together with the context of problem-based learning that EMTM is based on, has a positive aspect on improving VET quality.
Open and distance learning
Information and Communication
program or curricula
- Evaluation Plan
- Website of the project
- Mobile Training Methodology for E-business (EMTM) - 1st version
- Trainers Manual (TM) - 1st version
- Curriculum and training materials
- Pilot chase report
- 10 video advices showing the functionality and practical usage of MTME
- Mobile Training Methodology for E-business - final version
- Trainers Manual - final version
- Monitoring and Evaluation Report
Mobile Training Methodology for E-business will be based on the Mobile Performance Support System (mPSS), which together with performance-centered mobile learning model (PML) that provide a pedagogical framework for mlearning and guidelines for using mobile devices for performance support in education. Both are the results of DOI project implemented in years 2008-2010 by consortium coordinated by the University of Plovdiv (Bulgaria). The project approach promotes also principles of constructivist theory, along with blended, collaborative and active learning. In a constructivist approach, learners are encouraged to be active constructors of knowledge, mobile devices embedding them in a realistic context, at the same time as offering access to supporting tools.
The innovative performance-centred approach has been developed, tested and implemented in a number of European universities, high schools, vocational training institutions, SMEs, within four pilot projects. The results were very positive: a performance-centred approach has been proven to be more effective than the traditional lecture-practice-test in training higher order skills, for preparing learners for self-learning, improving, adapting for changing jobs. As a new technology, performance centered educational systems will move the traditional teaching systems to training closely related to the job.