Rational and background
Internet has by now become an everyday part of the 21st century life. Everyone and everything is getting online. Nor the field of vocational education can be left behind! In the last 5 years, hundreds of Leonardo da Vinci projects dealt with e-learning solutions in vocational education and training. “E-learning” became one of the trendiest buzzwords in education. The rapidly changing technical background, the new social media are all providing new platforms for online education.
Many innovative ideas have been materialized with the support of the Lifelong Learning Programme from different areas of the VET system, which are worth to share with a broader audience of VET stakeholders, including training providers and developers of e-learning programmes.
Our project aims at distilling knowledge on LdV projects dealing with e-learning, categorizing them according to several aspects, selecting sectoral good-practices and disseminating them among VET stakeholders throughout Europe. The reason behind this was the lack of knowledge on truly working e-learning methodologies and the gap in pedagogical and methodological practices. Our focus is on solutions that could be utilized in white-collar education and training.
In order to meet the changing needs and behaviours of their students/adult learners, vocational education and training providers need to get acquainted with the latest innovative ICT based contents, services, pedagogies and practices for lifelong learning. This calls for widespread dissemination and valorisation activities. As we have mentioned above, hundreds of good solutions were funded with the financial contribution of the Lifelong Learning Program. VET providers need to be guided through this large selection of projects and assisted in finding the one that suits their activities the best.
Our other target group are the development organisations that are providing the IT background and other, creative elements for the e-learning programmes. Providing them a virtual expo would ease not only their promotional activities but also market research, as they could benchmark their products. Creating a healthy competition among such service providers would also enhance the quality of education and training.