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    VET4e-I Final Conference

    On 12th and 13th December, the final conference of the VET4e-I project was celebrated in Brussels.

     

    The participation of VET4e-I members to the EUCIS-LLL conference on validation and recognition of informal and non-formal learning

    The project members gathered in the city of EU institutions so as to take part in an important seminar on validation organized by the civil society platform for lifelong learning, EUCIS-LLL, and present the project’s findings related to this topic. In this purpose, Milvia RASTRELLI from L’APIS, project member in charge of the Overall Quality Assurance, introduced to the audience the main outputs of the research on e-facilitator profile. The VET4e-I case study was preceeded of the intervention of the commissionner Koen NOMDEN from DG EAC, Unit 1, and of Jo HAWLEY, researcher in the consultancy body GHK. Noem KOMDEM introduced the Council Recommandation on the promotion and validation of non-formal and informal learning, whereas Jo HAWLEY presented the latest developments in Europe and the Inventory on validation of non-formal and informal learning.

    The presentations made and the discussions between the audience and the speakers showed how much the non-formal and informal learning can have a growing importance in the European citizens’ lives, in a context of valorisation of lifelong learning experiences. This also rises the question of the necessity of a European effort to facilitate bridging systems in between European countries in terms of recognition.

    All presentations made during the EUCIS-LLL conference are available on EUCIS-LLL website

     

    The conference on VET4e-I : the project’s findings discussed with expert speakers

    The afternoon conference of the VET4e-I presentations gathered the project partners, the invited expert speakers and a few invited personalities in charge of ICT training programmes at national and / or regional levels (see the list of participants by clicking here) from Italy and Bulgaria, so as to discuss the VET4e-I topics.

    The conference openned on the introduction of the VET4e-I project and partners, made  by David LOPEZ from la Ligue de l’enseignement.

     

     

    The professional profile of e-Facilitator

    A first part was dedicated to the research conducted on the profile of the e-Facilitator. Gabriel RISSOLA, project partner from the organisation D-O-T, presented the main evidences of the e-facilitator profile  for notably developing a multicountry e-training solution that could support this professional’s valorisation as a key intermediary for promoting social inclusion. This has been the basis of an exchange with Pr. Gérard VALENDUC, of the Universities of Namur and Louvain-La-Neuve, co-director of the Work&Technology Research Centre at Fondation Travail-Université. In fact, Pr. Gérard VALENDUC conducted an important research on the Profiles of e-Facilitators in Belgium, that notably led to the identification of these professionals’training needs.The comparison of the two studies enabled to draw bridges between the identified characteristics of the e-facilitators and also to discuss elements of the profile that require the attention of institutions and employers.

    See Gabriel RISSOLA presentation here

    See Pr. VALENDUC presentation here

     

    Presentation of the VET4e-I online training curriculum and pilot training

    The conference consisted also in explaining to the audience the process developped within the project lifetime in order to produce, test and evaluate the modular online training courses of the curriculum of e-facilitator for social inclusion.

    The process, which started in November 2010 with a face-to-face training workshop for the 12 e-tutors coming from Bulgaria, Italy, Spain and France, integrated a transculturation work for translating and adapting the modules to the different national contexts, followed by successive testing and evaluation phases.

    The training curriculum, the work of transculturation and the testing phase have been presented by Alba AGULLO from Fundacio Esplai, who was is charge of coordinating the process at distance, supporting the four national teams involved in the experimentations.

    The testing of the 12 online modular courses, gathering 380 participants during more than 5 weeks has been continuously assessed by a monitoring team coordinated by Alessandra CAPODANNO, from ARCI, who presented the main conclusions drawn from the online multicountry learning experience.

    See Alba AGULLO presentation here

    See Alessandra CAPODANNO presentation here

     

    Recognition of the e-Facilitator’s competences and activities

    The work done within the VET4e-i project aimed at providing all the project partners with the information needed so as to make steps at national and / or regional level(s) to support the formal recognition of the competences and activities of the e-facilitator for social inclusion.

    The iniatives of each partner enabled, depending the national systems and situations regarding the recognition of the professional profile of e-facilitator, to make valuable steps ahead for having recognized such a profile, and the certification that matches it. These results were presented by Hans Werner FRANZ, from the University of Dortmund, in charge of the Recognition Model activity within the project.

    This has been followed by the intervention of Mr Michel FEUTRIE, General Secretary of EUCIS-LLL and EC expert on the European Qualification Framework, who shared with the partners and the audience the current existing system, at European level,  to facilitate convergences between diplomas from EU countries. This has notably stressed the importance of more harmonization between National Qualification Systems, since at European level, the only existing system – European Qualification Framework – is a device to help converting national diplomas.

    See Hans Werner FRANZ presentation here

    See Michel FEUTRIE presentation here

     

    Inclusion and ICT: the European framework

    VET4e-I project has been a practical solution in favor of the reduction of the digital divide, and the implementation of a professional valorisation strategy for the key intermediaries whose role in improving social inclusion of disadvantaged groups is very significant. In this approach, the VET4e-I project members have all along the two years of the project actions tried to share their views and project’s findings with ICT and e-Inclusion policy actors, at EU and national levels. The project’s partnership participated in many key events and meetings – ePractice seminar on e-Inclusion intermediaries, Digital Agenda Assembly, Gdansk conference on innovation for social inclusion – to contribute to EU future strategies for promoting ICT for social inclusion.

    Gabriel RISSOLA, VET4e-I project member and also member of the EU Joint Research Centre Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS), presented the current European strategical framework and recent and forthcoming steps for e-inclusion.

    This intervention was planned to be given by Ms Katarzyna BALUCKA-DEBSKA, from EC DG Information Society, unfortunately, due to important last minute meeting, she couldn’t attend the conference.


    e-Skills and Industry

    Mr Patrice CHAZERAND, Director of Policy at Digitaleurope, introduced the activities of his organisation regarding the bridges between technological industry and e-inclusion, notably through the implementation of the e-skills week. This intervention openned on discussion for possible future exploitation of the e-facilitator for social inclusion curriculum.

    See Patrice CHAZERAND presentation here.

    The openned discussion after the presentations focused on the potential of the VET4e-i training and research results (on the profile, on the pilot and on the recognition) to join strategies of EU-level networks specialized in e-inclusion solutions and strategies, such DigitalEurope and Telecentre Europe.

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