Embedding and Empowering SELFIE WBL Culture
The Digital transformation is one of the two main strategic priorities in EU for the period 2020 – 2027. The Digital Education Action Plan has two strategic priorities:
1. Fostering the development of a high-performing digital education ecosystem requiring:
– infrastructure, connectivity, and digital equipment
– effective digital capacity planning and development, including up-to-date organisational capabilities
– digitally competent and confident teachers and education and training staff
– high-quality learning content, user-friendly tools and secure platforms which respect privacy and ethical standards
2. Enhancing digital skills and competences for the digital transformation requiring:
– basic digital skills and competences from an early age o digital literacy, including fighting disinformation o computing education o good knowledge and understanding of data-intensive technologies, such as artificial intelligence
– advanced digital skills which produce more digital specialists and also ensure that girls and young women are equally represented in digital studies and careers Most educational institutions have problems addressing digital transformation on operational level although many supporting tools, literature and good practices have been developed.
VET schools with all their sector specific challenges and rapid developments are put into an even more challenging situation as they have to apply digitalisation to these professional digital developments. We identified SELFIE (Self-reflection on Effective Learning by Fostering the use of Innovative Educational technologies) a free tool designed to help schools embed digital technologies into teaching, learning and assessment developed by the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission (launched in October 2018) as a useful tool to identify the digital readiness of schools. Nevertheless, it does not cover sector specific issues and apprenticeships which are one of the vital parts of VET schools.
In spring 2020 JRC published a tender to pilot the SELFIE WBL tool (related to apprenticeships, involving also in-company trainers) in 4 EU countries (France, Germany, Poland, and Hungary). EfVET applied to the tender supported by the members in these countries (SEPR, BBSW, OIC Foundation Poland and AHDE) and the research partner from Slovenia (Skupnost VSŠ). The partnership piloted SELFIE WBL in the 4 mentioned countries engaging a total of 59 VET schools, 97 in-company trainers, 177 school leaders, 1,221 VET teachers, 10,294 VET students, and 43 school coordinators in the pilot.
VET schools received a colourful report with a lot of data and information from different stakeholders. Nevertheless, all of them found it difficult to translate the results into actions to effectively address the digital transformation of their VET school. They missed recommendations based on results, good practices and a possibility to benchmark not as a ranking list but rather to have an indication what these results mean in the national or EU context. Furthermore, VET schools learned that their communication with the companies is quite poor and expressed the need to strengthen the ecosystem with their regional stakeholders. To address all these open questions of the VET schools engaged in the pilot the same partnership decided to apply for this SELFIE WBL Follow Up project.
Call: KA220-VET – Cooperation partnerships in vocational education and training
Project no.: 2021-1-FR01-KA220-VET-000037798
- SEPR – Société d’Enseignement Professionnel du Rhone (France)
- EfVET – European Forum of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (Belgium)
- Berufsbildende Schule Wirtschaft 1 Ludwigshafen (Germany)
- Polska Fundacja Osrodkow Wspomagania Rozwoju Gospodarczego OIC POLAND z siedziba w Lublinie (Poland)
- Magyar Digitális Oktatásért Egyesület (Hungary)
- Skupnost Visjih Strokovnih Sol Republike Slovenije (Slovenia)
Start: 01/11/2021 – End: 01/11/2024