Title ICF-Train - Social Online Skill Training: ICT-based team learning in ICF
Project Number LLP-LDV-TOI-12-AT-0004
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
The goal of the project was to enable joint-learning of transdisciplinary teams as well as parents of children with disabilities or at risk with the help of a Web 2.0 assessment tool.
By using ICF-CY as a language, the quality of Early Childhood interventions/Early habilitative/rehabilitative Services was increase and team orientation was encouraged.
Reason: The International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF,WHO 2002) is a classification of health and disability. The ICF-CY (Children/Youth with 1400 items) represents WHO's quality frame for assessments for children. Former "EQM-PD" introduced ICF online assessment into the field of assistance for adult persons with disability (PwD); ICF-Train transfered these online tools into the work with children.
Need: Despite political will in EU28 the implementation of ICF-CY into training and practice is poorly performed, especially in complex teams, where diverse professionals work together, like in Early Childhood Intervention (ECI).
The specificity of ECI is the provision of a team support (MD, psychologist, special educator) to children with SEN (special educational needs) to prevent further disability (3-4% of children; Eurydice). OECD recognized a EU-wide problem with these vulnerable children, pointing out a lack of standards and of comparable assessment tools. Particularly children from ethnic minorities or socio-economical disadvantaged background are at risk.
The EU-Agency on Special Needs Education (www.european-agency.org) (2005/2010) recognized that EU countries are moving to scenarios where initial assessment of needs in ECI is conducted by transdisciplinary teams but also that a common language (ICF_CY), comparable quality and the usage of ICT are missing –due to a lack of accessible skill-training material and practicable tools (directly linked to practice) (Krauss 2007)
ICF-train increased the quality and use of ICT-assessment in transdisciplinary teams by web 2.0 joint learning. ICF-Train closed the gap between political will and practical implementation by transferring online assessment and training tools related to services for adult PwD (www.eqm-pd.com) into the work with children.
R1: Online team assessment using ICF-CY as a language for professionals and clients
R2: real-time online skill training tool in a community of practice (web2.0 based): Uploaded training-cases serve as mutual learning material (DE,EN,TR,FR,PT,SK) + Training resource pool
R3: Customized tool kit for individualized learning
Intangible: Increased quality of service
The consortium included the developer of eqm-pd, partner in training and EU-dissemination within a mulitgeographical perspective (AT,DE,BE,PT,TR,SK)
On the job skill web.2.0 tools increase the quality of service delivery and in-service training for 120 ECI centres (T; DE: implementing of national (BAR) recommendations related to ECI services, availability of training tools for mainstream training. PT: Supporting accessible training tools within new legal requirements. ICF-Train supported the implementation of EU policy in SK, BE, TR by an ict-based practical (skill-oriented) community of practice.
Human Health and Social Work Activities
open and distance learning