Summary of the project
Today, there are fundamental changes in the world and the labor market. Crises, new technologies, globalization, and demographic issues have a profound impact on the type and quality of the available jobs and the skills they require. Combined forms of education prevail, including general education and vocational training. The current focus in VET development is on training employees to meet the challenges posed by the transition from the Industrial to the Digital Age.
The MOOC4ALL is a 17-month project designed to meet present challenges and future trends in VET by developing a flexible innovative social model for learning (SME), which allows successful learning and completion of courses in an online environment through digital technologies. This model allows an instructor, teacher, or mentor in VET to lead a group social learning process using any online content, thus structuring the work and strengthening the social ties between the learners. So, MOOC4ALL meets one of the biggest needs in the development of VET by 2035, the “orientation to the needs of the labor market”, allowing wider access to opportunities for learning and qualification in the online environment.
1. Teachers, instructors, and mentors in partner organizations and associate
partners who teach and work with groups of learners and students.
2. Project partner organizations working in the field of VET, in order to diversify the portfolio of their proposed programs and models.
– Development of a practical tool – Social model for learning (SML) providing effective digital, open and innovative education. SML is an innovative approach involving digital technologies for teaching and learning, as set out in the Digital Education Action Plan.
– Build an effective partnership to implement strategies to improve VET and promote work-based learning for young people and adults.
– Improving the quality of VET provision through a model allowing the integration of online content and courses, incl. qualification of the staff in the partner organizations.
– Improving access to education and training for all, incl. low skilled workers, migrants, and refugees through the use of SML for continuing VET training.
The project will be implemented by a consortium of 6 partners from 6 different countries.
The PR1 will be a universally developed model for group learning in an online and live environment, through social and digital learning. The model can be used for learning in all areas of vocational education and for the acquisition of all qualifications, retraining, and further learning and skills acquisition by students and learners in partner countries and across Europe.
The MOOC4ALL Guide for facilitators will be a handbook developed and used in the joint staff training event to transfer knowledge, methods, and approaches to social learning online. The guide describes the actions conducted by the facilitators while working online with a group of VET learners, providing them with valuable advice and helping structure their work with the group.
The MOOC4ALL mobile application will provide access to SMOL at any time, connection with other participants in the platform and retraining, quick access to links to courses and materials, reminders and notes, and the portfolio of each user. Moreover, it will provide a connection to employers and job placement opportunities. The app functions will follow the Social Model for Online Learning (SMOL) and its features.
NARODNO CHITALISHTE BADESHTE SEGA 2006 – applicant partner, Bulgaria
NARODNO CHITALISHTE BADESHTE SEGA, aka People’s Community Centre “Future Now 2006”, the project’s coordinator, is a NGO that aims to enrich the process of personal development and learning inspired by nature. Its activities include providing of education and training in VET and non-formal contexts, personal development for children and youth, support for disadvantaged people, and also environmental and civic education at national and international level. Moreover, it implements short-term volunteering projects, youth camps, teacher trainings and other extra-curricular activities for schools and youth centres. The main objectives of Future Now 2006 are: improving the quality of education, teaching, and youth practice, developing young people’s competences to implement civic and youth initiatives at local and national level, developing alternative education programs, training teachers and trainers in alternative methodologies, providing environmental education, promoting non-formal education and training and helping social integration of disadvantaged young people.
KAINOTOMIA LLC2 – partner, Greece
“KAINOTOMIA” is a level two Lifelong Learning Centre (K.DI.VI.M2) in Greece, which is active in the field of Vocational Education and Training. KAINOTOMIA has implemented more than 60 continuing vocational training programmes for unemployed people, teachers of all levels of education, higher education students, employees/self-employed and vulnerable social groups, for the development of professional opportunities and their promotion and integration into the labour market and society in general, through innovative programmes. “KAINOTOMIA” provides consultancy services to enterprises and support and advisory services to trainees to facilitate their (re)entry into the labour market. “KAINOTOMIA” has participated in several national projects, offering a high degree of expertise in training in modern fields, combining them with those that are in high demand in the labour market in order to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes of trainees for their integration into the labour market. Furthermore, “KAINOTOMIA” participates in co-funded national programmes called “local development and entrepreneurship projects for unemployed people based on specific local needs and development potential”.
EURO-NET – partner, Italy
EURO-NET is a not-for-profit association (born in 1998) that is a member or associated member of 59 international networks. EURO-NET is also recognized as OFFICIAL PARTNER OF EU PARLIAMENT in 2 sectors (ON-LINE MEDIA and EVENT) has developed 77 antennas of its own in 26 different countries in Europe.
EURO-NET co-operates with many public bodies with which it has particular agreements for the diffusion of juvenile and adults’ activities and helps all juvenile organizations and any other NGOstype to develop European programs.
EURO-NET realizes training courses, workshops and exchanges, cultural, artistic, or sports activities, researches, mentoring, orientation, coaching activities, stages and internships, counseling, crisis support, and prevention actions.
TURUN YLIOPISTO – partner, Finland
The University of Turku (UTU) is a multidisciplinary research university in Finland, one of country’s largests. The expertise of the 8 faculties ranges from humanities to natural sciences and economics. UTU is recognized for its quality teaching, research and excellent student support programs. The Brahea Centre at the University of Turku is an independent entity specialising in the development and implementation of local entrepreneurial ecosystems in developing regions. The unit employs approximately 60 experts from different fields working on one of the UTU missions: Lifelong Learning, Technology and Knowledge Transfer and Social Engagement and specialise in entrepreneurship, innovation and university-business collaboration activities, with other staff members specialising particularly in institutional development, higher education modernisation, curriculum development and contributing to the broader goals of lifelong learning from VET to Higher Education.
STANDO LTD – partner, Cyprus
STANDO LTD (STANDOutEdu) is a research and educational organization based in Cyprus, dedicated to the development of research and innovation. STANDO is a certified CDE accredited by the Centre for Human Resource Development in Cyprus. Its staff is engaged in large-scale co-funded projects and collaborates with organizations in Cyprus, Europe, and around the world. It is actively involved in the planning and implementation of national and international projects aimed at providing innovative solutions that facilitate human development and the cohesion of societies. Since 2016, STANDO has been offering a series of professional and academic training in the framework of Erasmus+ KA1 and KA2, as well as courses, seminars, and consultancy services for different target groups (children, students, youth, teachers, policymakers, parents, and adults), students and staff of Vocational Education and Training (VET) providers and centers for adult education.
Krase Research and User Experience Netherlands – partner, Netherlands
Krase Research and User Experience is a Dutch organization that creates visual products and develops complex digital (and social) innovations. Krase works in a multidisciplinary environment in collaboration with various non-profit and business organizations. It specializes in social and UX research, process design, UX design, and the development of successful digital applications. By combining relevant qualitative and quantitative target group research, Krase offers insights that lead to informed decisions, better products, and satisfied users. Krase UX Research is a recently established organization in Amsterdam, but its history started more than 10 years ago in Sofia, Bulgaria. The organization continues the experience and activity of the software – outsourcing company ATA48 Bulgaria. For more than three years now in the Netherlands Krase has been maintaining contacts and working with the same staff team (5 software specialists, 3 designers, and 2 researchers), applying innovative research approaches and SCRUM processes.
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