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STAY IN - Student Guidance at University for Inclusion

The issue of wider participation is a broader concept which covers a range of adjustments and modifications in HEI across countries – structural, functional, organizational modifications, as well as it is clear that other aspects not depending by the university itself, contribute to increase/decrease participation (economic context, social issues, etc.). It has been noted anyway that even where flexible provisions are established (i.e. availability of distance learning offers, flexibility of teaching and evaluation, language courses for migrants’ students etc.), they don’t lead directly to improved rates of success, when they seems being directly related to the rates of access: there is a missing link between available resources and benefit of them by the students, together with other variables intervening during the study career (i.e. psychological and/or emotional issues, disengagement – especially in distance education). For this reason, the project seeks to focus on the student experience, providing support by means of flexible guidance/counselling services able to support students from under-represented groups throughout all study career, in presence (offices) and at a distance (e-guidance) to avoid drop out, and to pursue educational attainment. The focus on guidance/counselling support will cover the missing link between the individual student and the educational organisation. In addition, the continuous dialogue between students and university offices will also help in better understanding why the under-represented groups reach a lower educational attainment, and to act in order to eliminate potential barriers. The project will impact directly on students at university, guidance and counselling staff, tutors and teachers. Moreover, HEI managers, researchers in the field and policy makers will be addressed by the project results.

The consortium is now accomplished the research delivereable.

 

 

I TUTOR - Intelligent tutoring for Lifelong Learning

www.intelligent-tutor.eu

The project aims at developing an intelligent tutoring system, to be applied in open source learning environments, able to monitor, track, analyze and give formative assessment and feedback loop to students within the learning environment, and give inputs to tutors and teachers involved in distance learning to better their role during the process of learning.

To pursue this aim, the following objectives are planned:

  • to carry out systematic review of literature and cases in order to achieve 1) understanding by all partners what is available and what is to be developed in the frame of the project (from a technical and pedagogical point of view); 2) pooling of resources and peer learning among partners; 3) analysis of lessons learnt thank to previous experiences (WP2)
  • to design and develop a multiagent based tool for intelligent tutoring to learning and teaching purposes and to implement that onto open source platforms (WP3)
  • to train teachers, trainers, tutors on the tool developed, in order to make them able to use it during their online work (WP4)
  • to pilot the developed tool on regular courses in higher education, VET and adult learning, and to evaluate pilot (WP5)
  • to disseminate aims, outcomes and outputs of the project (WP6)
  • to exploit results, by means of a launch for piloting and by means of direct involvement into the project activities of further organisations interested in testing ITS, and by means of involving researchers and developers for further advancements (WP7)
  • to ensure high quality of processes, outcomes and outputs, as well as to monitor and promote formative and summative evaluation within the consortium (WP8)
  • to manage the project, ensuring efficient and effective use of financial and human resources (WP1)

At the end of the project, a piloted and reviewed (according to piloting evaluation) intelligent tutoring system will be available in java. This tool is potentially implementable in all platforms using this common standard (all the open source platforms)

 

 

REVIVE VET - Review and Revive VET practices

http://www.reviveproject.eu/vet/

Revive VET is a Transfer of Innovation project; the Centre was contributing as project partner in 'Revive' project (Reviewing and reviving existing VET curriculum), which ended in 2010 and was coordinated by Vytanutas Magnus University, as well. The Centre will be responsible for work package 3 and going to develop training material on case development methodology and organizes training session to develop cases.

The aim of the project will be reached by implementing the following objectives:

  1. Implementation of analysis on existing practices, available methodologies and VET institutional needs for ICT integration.
  2. Methodological development and expert community building.
  3. Application of 2 Hextlearn and 1 Revive methodologies and case development.
  4. Peer reviewing implementation and quality assurance awareness building.
  5. Online community development by case presentation and peer reviewing implementation.

 

 

NEST - Network of Staff and Teachers in childcare services

http://nest-project.eu/

Childcare services will refer in this project to services encompassing formal and informal care, including parental care of children below school-going age, with particular emphasis on children under three years old. Childcare services consist of a wide variety of formal and informal arrangements, with rather fluid — and countryspecific — transitions between social support services, the educational system and the actual care system.

A key feature of childcare in Europe is its diversity in terms of:

  • social attitudes and child philosophies;
  • supply structure and service provision;
  • public and private funding mix as well as funding mechanisms;
  • childcare preferences;
  • childcare workforce structure, i.e. qualifications, training, employee characteristics and regulations.

No one EU country’s childcare model is the same as another’s. This is mainly due to historical differences in childcare structures; differences are also related to the time at which the childcare market developed. With specific regard to childcare workforce structure, according to the analysis done in the frame of the study “The provision of childcare services” , it appears that required qualifications range from personal skills to pedagogical degrees. In some childminders seem to have a rather low level of education; this appears to be the case in Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. Furthermore almost all countries have a large difference in education between nursery schools, preschools and creches on the one hand and private childminders on the other hand. In the former group, strict requirements are often set and inspected by government. Private childminders, working from home, however, usually have a significantly lower level of education.

Education and training of staff working in childhood education is a major concern for the present and the future of ECEC: although the Barcelona targets only refer to the quantity of childcare, several European documents emphasise that the need for childcare does not only refer to the availability but also to the affordability and quality of childcare services. Quality of services includes above all the preparation of teachers, nurses, and childminders to the social, cognitive and emotional development of the child. At present, however, given the varied background of European countries, there are no common recommendations, or defined curricula at European level, and the national (or regional) situations seem being isolated from each other, having very little possibilities of sharing.

For these reasons, the project aims at establishing a network in the field of ECEC staff development, able:

  • to establish permanent working groups in specific topics and issues of the field, such as (a) curricula for ECEC staff comparison; (b) monitoring of the state-of-the-art of ECEC staff in Europe, starting from the available data; (c) exchange of practices and models for ECEC staff training (pre-service, in-service); (d) identification of innovative case studies and description of them in order to make practices transferable across countries and institutions; (e) research in ECEC topics;
  • to set up an online website as pool of resources, information and reference point for staff of ECEC and institutions involved in ECEC at all levels in Europe, as well for others groups (i.e. parents, association of parents);
  • to link the actors of ECEC across Europe, by fostering communication and meetings;

 

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GRACE - www.grace-project.eu

The overall aim of GRACE - Generating Research projects through interaction between ACademia and Enterprises is fostering Multistakeholders co-generation of research projects combining various techniques and approaches such as goal setting creativity techniques, diversity management, cross-sectoral and cross-cultural negotiation, in an open innovation perspective.

Its specific objectives are:

  • to investigate the state of the art of actors, projects and converging/non converging current streams of research in relation to the organisation and management of collaborative relationships between universities and firms, as well as methodologies and innovative practices supporting the multi-stakeholders generation of research projects
  • To increase the awareness and the capacity of European enterprises, Universities, research intermediaries, user representatives and stakeholders about the need of promoting creative co-generation of research projects
  • To develop an approach for improving the research project generation process involving the afore-mentioned stakeholders
  • To test and validate the proposed approach by theoretical and practical sections covering all the different phases of the research project generation process and explore its transferability potential
  • Create a platform for dialogue for all those aiming at promoting dialogue between universities and industries, i.e. a stakeholders’ roundtable aiming to facilitate and support networking and collaboration among existing initiatives into universities, European and international projects along with a significant effort to involve organisations dealing with technology transfer.

 

 

UNILO - www.unilo.eu

The project outcomes have been designed following a conceptual framework in which the objectives correspond to the activities to develop and these produce the following results:

  • Survey report to better define the state of the art in LO implementation in the European Higher Education Area (EHEA)
  • Report on the integration seminars carried out to identify criticalities and bottlenecks in the implementation process, containing recommendations for policy, practice and research.
  • Report on benefits and applications of LOs (including mutual recognition of awards, recognition of prior learning, improved assessment, QA, modularisation, improved access and equal opportunities)
  • Initial community of Practice in place with at least 60 participants.
  • Report on awareness building and exploitation activities.
  • Tools for Course Managers, Guidance and Career Officers in HEI to facilitate the implementation of EQF and LOs in HE, and Tools for initial professional development, assessment of professional competence, and continuing professional development aimed at helping professional institutions
  • Guide to EQF and LOs for Higher Education students
  • Updated website.
  • Contracts signed. Interim and Final reports completed. Attendance to Coordination meetings.
  • Quality and evaluation plan designed and implemented. Interim and final evaluation reports completed.

UNI LO anticipates considerable impact on Universities across Europe as it has been specifically designed to fill a gap among the existing networks and initiatives by focusing not simply on the EQF/EHEA from a Learning outcomes perspective but more concretely on designing and implementing tools to help the guidance officers to clarify, better understand and raise awareness to the wide audience of students and holders of professional qualifications. While it is impossible to quantify the overall impact due to the networking character of the project, minimum targets have been identified in terms of identified contacts (approx. 2000 in LLL30+) and outputs that will be monitored, measured and reported throughout the project (using e.g. contact database, log of liaison activities, list of network members, web 2.0 statistics etc.)

CONCEDE - www.concede.cc

User generated content (UGC) poses a number of challenges to the current understanding of education and its institutions, very much due to its success. The concept of “authority” should be rethought. The “ivory tower” of higher education should be opened to the wider world. Knowledge management becomes even more fundamental than in the past. Moreover, the rapidly growing number of learning resources generated by users makes the issue of quality a pressing one. The CONCEDE-CONtent Creation Excellence through Dialogue in Education project intends to address such issues.

The overall aim of CONCEDE is to improve the effectiveness of teaching and learning by enhancing the quantity and quality of user generated content that can be incorporated into higher education learning provision.

The specific objectives are:

  • to investigate the state of the art of actors, projects and practices in relation to quality of user generated content, with specific regards to higher education
  • Developing a holistic multi-layered quality framework of user generated content to be introduced effectively into higher education. Such framework is based on three layers: users’ comments, reviews and ratings, institutional quality procedures, as well as dialogue and negotiations among the representatives of these two levels in order to reach a consensus
  • Test the acceptance and the effectiveness of this mechanism into higher education pilot experiences involving primarily teachers and learners and foster cross-fertilisation of experiences
  • Create a platform for dialogue for all those aiming at promoting UGC in education through national policy panels as well as dissemination and valorisation activities, aiming to facilitate networking and collaboration among existing initiatives into universities, European and international projects along with a significant effort to involve international agencies, as well as organisations dealing with quality assurance.

REVIVE

Revive logoREVIVE project seeks to contribute to European cooperation in QA focusing on defining QA factors in VET services. More specifically, the project aims at methodology application to ensure quality of VET curriculum at institutional level. The main goal of REVIVE project is to ensure the quality of VET services by reviewing and reviving existing VET Curriculum on the basis of innovative pedagogical and technological methodology. Project Partnership consists of highly experienced institutions, including pedagogical and technological methodology experts, transferring it from research and higher education to VET sectors (SMEs, social partners, adult learning network, as well as European Distance and E-learning Network (EDEN)).

BME is leading WP4B (Curriculum re-development: Technological improvement of VET Curriculum to ensure its quality) where the aims are:

  • to upload Curriculum online
  • to present a summary in English

Role of BME

  • Project management activities at Partner institution and all project partner meetings
  • Performing SWOT analysis of existing VET curriculum and present recommendations for its improvement
  • Participate in pedagogical and technological trainings on how to use existing methodology to updated and revive existing curriculum for distance learning (DL)
  • Implement pedagogical and technological improvement and DL curriculum development, present the summary of curriculum in English
  • Organize testing session in Hungary and improve curriculum on the basis of testing results
  • Participate in quality assurance and evaluation activities
  • Prepare a case presentation for “Success stories” online publication
  • All valorization activities on international and national levels
  • lead the technological realization of the curriculum work package
  • host project meeting in Hungary.

HEXTLEARN

Higher Education Exploring ICT technologies for Lifelong learning: HEXTLEARN network addresses transversally the lack of a system approach, by most EU universities, to the different roles in LLL and to the use of ICT as a strategic tool to face increasing diversity of roles and target groups of HEI, through a networking action aimed at contributing to the enhancement of the quality assurance aspects and to the strategic integration of ICT in teaching, learning and innovation, across the LLL subsystems.

You are invited to join the network and collaborate. Only few mouseclicks away an international community of Higher Education Institutions willing to share their experience related to using ICT!

ELDORADO

European Learning Community for Regional Development: aims establishing a user-friendly European Learning Community for Regional Development responsibles and agents, addressing their main learning needs and aiming at familiarizing them with the use of ICT for learning. (SOCRATES/MINERVA) (2006 - 2008) (partner) www.eldorado-project.eu

Outcomes: ELDORADO action plan for learning

SINCERE

Supporting International Networking and Cooperation in Educational Research: aims at contributing to the consolidation and widening of perspectives, approaches and priorities of the European Research Area in the field of education, training and Lifelong Learning by supporting international networking and cooperation between EU and extra-EU (INCO countries –specifically focusing on Latin America and South East Asia) researchers and policy-makers with a focus on current and future projects relevant to educational research (FP6- Priority 7) (2006 –2007) (partner) www.sincere-network.org

MEGATRENDS

Megatrends in learning provision: The project's main objective is to identify and analyze examples of excellence that demonstrate sustainable and cost-effective large-scale e-learning in Europe. The project intends to bring together researchers with a long experience of research in distance education, online education and e-learning. (Leonardo da Vinci programme) (2005 –2007) (partner) www.nettskolen.com/in_english/megatrends

MASSIVE

Modelling Advice and Support Services to Integrate Virtual Component in Higher Education: aims at designing a model of necessary support services for European traditional Universities to successfully implement the virtual component of teaching. (2005 –2006) cevug.ugr.es/massive

LEONIE

Learning in Europe: Observatory on National and International Evolution: The aim of this international project was to identify and develop a capacity to carry out monitoring those innovation processes that are taking place within education and training systems. www.education-observatories.net/leonie (SOCRATES programme –2003-2005)

L-CHANGE

IST project: The aims of this project were to monitor and analyze all IT changes and developments that affect and take place in education, vocational and adult training, to create a constantly updated database on the developments and trends of the European IST market. (2001 –2002) www.education-observatories.net/lchange