EfVET has been actively engaged in the area of Digitalisation and Technology Enhanced, via the participation in different working groups established by the European Commission, as well as via the Thematic Team that has been dedicated to Technology Enhanced Learning and via other Erasmus+ projects aiming at promoting the digitalisation of teaching and learning methodologies in VET. EfVET has also been actively engaged in the promotion of the SELFIE tool launched by the European Commission in 2017.

The European Commission launched in 2017 a new tool to support Schools and VET colleges in their use of the digital technologies. The tool is called SELFIE (Self-reflection on Effective Learning by Fostering the use of Innovative Educational technologies) and is available (for free) online and since its beginning it has been used extensively by different countries having been translated to 31 different languages. SELFIE has been developed by the European Commission and an international team of experts with input from more than 5000 school leaders, teachers and students from EU countries.

More than 400 schools from Spain, Italy, Estonia, Belgium (Flanders), Denmark, Ireland, Greece, Cyprus, Malta, Finland, Serbia, and the UK (Northern Ireland) have participated in the SELFIE school pilots since September 2017.

SELFIE provides Schools and VET providers with confidential reports, including graphs and recommendations for further development and improvement.

More information available here.

SELFIE for Work-Based Learning

In May 2020, the Joint Research Centre launched a call for tenders for Piloting SELFIE for work-based learning contexts in VET (SELFIE WBL). The call was intended to target 3 countries specifically: Germany (LOT 1), France (LOT 2), Hungary and Poland (LOT 3).

The aim of this Tender is to conduct pilot studies of SELFIE WBL in Germany, France, Poland, and Hungary to test the tool and receive feedback in view of improving it before its eventual online launch. More specifically, the goal is to develop, implement and validate the SELFIE WBL tool that can be useful to VET schools, companies and policymakers at local, regional, national or EU level.

This call for tenders was perceived as a great opportunity for EfVET to further pursuing the work on the digitalisation sector linking it to the work-based learning sector which is very much in line with our Strategic Plan 2019-2021.

EfVET has been awarded all the lots and piloted the SELFIE WBL tool starting in July 2020 for 7 months in the 4 countries working closely with the National Members more specifically:

GermanyBBS Wirtschaft I Ludwigshafen – European School of the State of Rhineland-Palatinate
FranceSEPR – VET centre in Auvergne Rhône-Alpes, Lyon et Annonay
HungaryAssociation for Hungarian Digital Education (AHDE)
PolandPolish Foundation of the Opportunities Industrialization Centers “OIC POLAND”
SloveniaThe Association of Slovene Higher Vocational Colleges who led the Qualitative Research Component of the Pilot project across the different countries

Following the pilot which engaged a significant number of stakeholders (i.e. 59 pilot VET schools; 97 companies; 177 school leaders; 1.221 teachers; 10.294 VET students; 96 in-company trainers; 43 SELFIE WBL institutional coordinators; 101 focus groups with VET learners and teachers; 94 semi-structured interviews with leaders, in-company trainers, and SELFIE WBL institutional coordinators), the partners decided to submit an Erasmus+ KA2 project in order to:

  • support the VET institutions in their further effort to fully understand the results received through the SELFIE WBL institutional report;
  • use these results to effectively address the actions for digital transformation;
  • strengthen the ecosystem and cooperation with companies and other stakeholders;
  • prepare guidelines with recommendations and good practices for all other users of the SELFIE WBL tool to make the use of their report user-friendlier.

A general report and country reports were published on the JRC Publications Repository page as follows:

The Erasmus+ KA2 project (under the name of “Embedding and Empowering SELFIE WBL Culture”, with the following acronym: SELFIE WBL follow-up) submission resulted successful and you can find more information about the project at this link.

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