Title GIVE - Guidance In Vocational Education for students in rural areas
Project Number 2011-1-PL1-LEO05-19885
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
While the potential of social media for enhancing learning opportunities is substantial, the following technical, pedagogical and organisational bottlenecks have been identified, which may hinder the take up and mainstreaming of Social Media tools approaches:
- Access to ICT and basic digital skills. In particular, teachers often do not feel confident enough with their ICT skills to experiment with Learning 2.0 strategies.
- Pedagogical skills. Embedding social media tools in education demands a change in the role of teachers, who have to act as guides and mentors, enabling and facilitating self-regulated learning processes. The mainstream deployment of Learning 2.0 approaches and strategies might be hindered by a lack of didactic methodologies and toolsets for teachers, which would facilitate this transition and enable teachers to assume this new role.
GIVE Project address the bottlenecks for a proper implementation amongst the key drivers for Europe's growth.
Idea of the project was a result of recognising opportunity to utilise modern methods using social media for improvement of vocational knowledge. VET professionals use traditional ways of education which lowers effectiveness of learning process and does not allow to develop IT competences. Due to rapid development of Web2.0 services, and need for providing attractive and high quality learning content, a slow movement towards integration of learning systems and social media applications arises. Social media applications such as Twitter, blogs and Facebook are used more and more in our daily personal and professional lives. Educational institutions are becoming increasingly aware that such applications can be effectively integrated into their learning delivery systems but very few are actually using these applications to innovate their training systems and to offer more learner-centred services. [s: eLearning Papers Nº22, December 2010, EC]. Equipping VET professionals with skills allowing them to deliver knowledge with use of social media will provide attractive VET opportunities and encourage youth participation in learning process.
Project general aims were to improve knowledge, skills and competencies of VET professionals working with youth living in rural areas, through creation of innovative multidimensional LMS platform with integrated social media, based on methodology of transferred CREIN tool. Aim was also to improve employability perspectives for VET learners from rural areas, to identify needs of employers regarding VET skills of youth in order to prepare actual training offer answering labour market needs.
Consortium consisted of 6 partners from 5 EU countries. They were chosen in order to cover various sectors and geographical area. All partners had experience in EU projects and in VET training. Partners have worked together before, met to discuss the proposal and divided the tasks and responsibilities according to their expertise.
The outcomes: Tangible – multidimensional LMS platform with integrated social media, content of e-modules, platform user guide, reports, plans, strategies. Intangible - better knowledge, skills in competencies of VET professionals regarding innovative IT tools usage for training, increased self-esteem of youngsters living in rural areas, better match of VET offer to the labour market needs, higher number of employment within youth at rural areas.
Project had a manifold impact. It was for target group by rising their competencies. On the medium run, there was impact on all youth populations thanks to diffusion of the project. Objectives had been distributed to all the youth centres of participating EU countries through project partners and to specialised centres in social problems that youth in rural areas encounter. On the long run, whole civil society and businesses had benefit from results of the project through a better prepared educational offers and updated VET system.
Description The project had been developed according to the schedule. Up to now, the research phase finished and the report with conclusions has been prepared in all partner languages. Partners completed the transfer and adaptation of the modules and testing phase. The platform were tested among partners and target groups.
Access for disadvantaged
Open and distance learning
Professional, Scientific and Technical Activities
Other Service Activities
open and distance learning
Product information The main product of the project is the multidimensional LMS platform with four modules transferred from previous Leonardo da Vinci project. The platform is a supporting tool for VET professionals in their work with young people, especially those that live in rural areas. The platform is completed.