Summary of the E-TU-MODU project

In Europe, the use of innovative information and communication technologies (ICT) in vocational education and training is regarded as a priority since a couple of years. Despite a lot of successful programmes, (pilot) projects and initiatives, significant differences in the member states of the EU exist with regard to the implementation of E-learning in vocational schools and institutions of vocational education and training.
One requirement to increase the value and significance of E-learning in vocational schools and in vocational education and training in general is the sensitisation of teachers for the advantages of E-learning and a training of teachers as “E-Tutors”. The learners and the teachers need special competences to use and implement E-learning in a successful way – the teachers have to fulfil the tasks of an “E-Tutor”.
The project has the following aims to meet the needs in the participating states:
  • Conceiving and development of E-learning modules to train teachers of vocational education and training as “E-Tutors“
  • Transfer of successful elements of the projects “E-School“, “European E-Tutor“, “Adult Craft Education - Skills for a Lifetime“, “E-Compete“ and the approach of E-competence teams“
  • Training of teachers of vocational education and training as “E-Tutors“ by a testing of the developed E-learning modules in selected countries of the consortium (DE, NL, BG), build up of sustainable “E-competence teams“
  • Transfer of innovation and knowledge with regard to the topic E-learning in vocational schools and vocational education and training in Europe
  • Dissemination and valorisation of the project products and results.


Description
There will be a transfer, optimisation and adaptation to the target group of the results and products of selected projects within the project “E-TU-MODU”. A strategic transfer will be organised externally into the practice of vocational education and training and internally, this means into the consortium including the contacts and networks of their members.
Another focus point of the project is the development and certification of new “E-learning modules” to train “E-tutors”.
Furthermore, a group of teachers will be trained as “E-tutors” and there will be built up “E-competence teams” in vocational schools and vocational education and training centres in selected countries of the consortium (in Germany, in the Netherlands and in Bulgaria). Thus, there will be a testing phase within the project.
Another part of the methodology of the project is the valorisation and dissemination of project results and products.

The work plan is divided in different phases:
Phase 1:
Review and analysis of the significance and value of E-Learning in vocational education and training, especially in vocational schools
Identification of the obstacles for the use of E-learning in vocational education and training, especially in vocational schools
Transfer of selected project results and products, analysis of best practice

Phase 2:
Conceiving, development and certification of E-learning modules to train teachers of vocational education and training
Enhancing, optimization and adaptation of elements and products of the selected projects
Production of the E-Learning modules in different languages
Certification of the “E-tutor”

Phase 3:
Testing of the E-Learning modules in selected countries of the consortium (DE, NL, BG), training of “E-Tutors”, build up of sustainable “E-competence teams“
Evaluation of the E-Learning modules (participants of the testing phase)

Phase 4:
Dissemination and valorisation of the project results and products
Implementation of the results in vocational education and training (practice)
Sustainability


Product information
The most important aim of the project is the development and certification of E-learning modules to train teachers of vocational education and training as “E-Tutors”. It is intended that these modules will be available in English and German as well as in the other languages of the project partners at the end of the project. This training – that consists of modules – should be used for self-guided learning as well as for learning offers supported by tutors in combination with traditional learning (blended learning). During the course of the project, “E-Tutors” and “E-competence teams” will be built in selected vocational schools and vocational education and training centres as a result of the testing of the modules (in Germany, Netherlands and Bulgaria).
Further impacts of the project:
  • Increase of knowledge with regard to the advantages and possibilities of E-learning in vocational education and training
  • Sensitisation of the target group and the public for the chances and possibilities of E-learning in vocational education and training
  • Increase the number of teachers in vocational education and training in Europe who use E-learning
  • Enhancing learner-concentrated learning.
The E-learning modules to train “E-Tutors” will be implemented beyond the end of the project. Further developments of the programme are possible and requested, e.g. with regard to contents.


The consortium consists of the following partner organisations:
Stiftung Bildung & Handwerk, Germany
Saksa Tehnoologiakool Pärnu, Estonia
Leading Interactive GmbH, Germany
Pro-Eco d.o.o., Slovenia
Noorderpoort College, the Netherlands
German-Bulgarian Centre for Vocational Education and Training Pleven, Bulgaria
Innovación y Cualificación, S.L., Spain
University of Paderborn, Centre for Vocational Education and Training, Germany
Last modified: Friday, 9 July 2010, 07:30 AM
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