Supporting Vocational Teachers and Trainers In e-Learning – (e)VET2EDU

General aim of the project is to support trainers and teachers from VET sector in implementation of dynamic, open and innovative methods by adapting and transferring validated e-learning course for vocational schools and training sector. The course is based on innovative pedagogical methods (eg. online collaboration, reflection, peer learning) and uses various open tools. It will enable teachers and institutions to integrate them with new qualification framework and current teaching practice. The course will be available as open resource in 9 languages together with the facilitator’s detailed manual (restricted access).

The aim will be achieved by adapting an e-learning course for educators in Poland to VET teachers and trainers learning needs and requirements in partner countries.

The course has been successfully delivered in Poland for around 250 participants so far.

The main aim of the project is to adapt and transfer e-learning course for educators. As such it contributes to LDV general priorities aimed at supporting VET actors in learning and using their skills for enhancing quality and innovation in VET. The project addresses the needs for innovative pedagogies and methods for VET by equipping educators with an e-course that introduces collaborative social learning and learning outcomes- based design. Thus it will give VET institutions the ability to enhance teachers’ pedagogical skills combined with ICT innovative exploitation.

The project is planned for 24 months and it is divided into 8 WPs:

  1. User’s requirements analysis
  2. Translation of the course and manual
  3. Course and manual adaptation
  4. Testing/ piloting and evaluation
  5. Exploitation and sustainability
  6. Project Management
  7. Dissemination
  8. Projects’ Quality assurance

About e-course

The final product – e-learning course on “e-Learning design and course moderation” consists of 10 modules that cover around 50h of learning. The course is based on social constructivism approach, stimulates self-direction of the independent learners and supports gaining experience from real practice. Assignments are designed to stimulate reflection and conscious development of a learner in a peer group. Activities are short and interactive but they also comply with accessibility rules. Communication is crucial and it encompasses discussion board, chatting and videoconferencing.

Course is designed in Moodle VLE but it includes external tools (open and/or free – FLOSS), such as collaborative whiteboard, videoconference, group editing and co-working. Additionally there is a detailed course guide for moderators and learners’ guide. The course is very practical and proved useful (according to 7 evaluation questionnaires). Participants are encouraged to interact within the group and create meaningful and relevant artifacts.

Information about the course

  • Module 1: Introduction and warming up (2h 30 min): to master the platform in order to be able to participate comfortably, to get to know other participants and course facilitators, to plan their learning for the course.
  • Module 2: Developing competences (3h 30 min): to identify the competences you have as a teacher
  • Module 3: Exploring e-learning (4h): to observe various forms of e-learning in the context of VET.
  • Module 4: Designing e-tivities (6h): to gain the skills necessary for designing online activities for VET
  • Module 5: Motivation (5h 30 min): to learn how to increase motivation for online learning
  • Module 6: Group work (8h): to design an e-tivity for group work
  • Module 7: Moderation online forum discussion (7h): to gain the skills required for planning and facilitating online discussions and reacting to certain problems in the context of VET.
  • Module 8: Developing e-learning resources: (6h 30 min): to develop audio and video for VET
  • Module 9: Online resources – reusing, sharing and evaluating (4h 30 min): to gain skills in searching, selecting, re-using, sharing and  evaluating  online resources
  • Module 10: The role of the facilitator (2h 30 min): to gain skills in organising own work as a facilitator