DigiVET, an innovative initiative aimed at enhancing vocational education in an increasingly digital world, is approaching its culmination. Set to conclude on September 30th, the project has achieved significant milestones in its mission to revolutionize teaching and learning in the field of vocational education. Today, we will examine the final results of this remarkable endeavor.
The context: the need for digital vocational training
The Covid-19 pandemic has shaken the world of education and training, highlighting the need for innovative solutions to ensure quality learning in situations of social distancing. Vocational training, known for its practical component, has faced significant challenges. In this context, the DigiVET project was launched with four key objectives:
- Develop innovative solutions for digital teaching and learning for vocational trainers. The project focused on creating tools and resources that would enable trainers to quickly adapt to the digital environment.
- Enhance the digital skills of vocational trainers. The project invested in training trainers, improving their ability to create digital content and use digital tools effectively.
- Contribute to improving the adaptability of vocational trainers to distance education. The pandemic necessitated acquiring new skills for online teaching, and DigiVET contributed to this transformation.
- Promote the free circulation of resources for digital vocational education. DigiVET created a digital resource ecosystem accessible to all vocational trainers.
The DigiVET project achieved these objectives through a series of key activities:
- Research on best practices in digital vocational education. The project conducted national-level research and interviewed 300 vocational trainers to better understand their needs.
- Development of a digital teaching course. A 30-hour training course was created to address the needs identified through research.
- Online training of 60 vocational trainers. These trainers participated in a pilot test of the course and used the eLearning platform.
- In-person training for module development. Eighteen vocational trainers received in-person training to develop 18 teaching modules.
- Creation of the DigiHub digital platform. A digital library was created to contain resources and materials collected during the project.
The final results of the DigiVET project are remarkable:
- Report on the current situation: Six national studies and a consolidated European report highlighted the challenges and opportunities of digital vocational education. This research contributed to identifying common needs, guiding the development of the DigiVET Training Course.
- DigiVET Training Course: Accessible via an eLearning platform, the course provided a solid foundation for vocational trainers to navigate the evolving digital landscape. With 30 hours of high-quality content, it helped trainers adapt to the digital environment effectively.
- DigiVET Digital Library: This open digital library has become a valuable resource for trainers and students alike. In addition to housing materials and resources, it hosted the 18 teaching modules developed by trainers themselves, facilitating knowledge sharing and access to essential tools for vocational learning.
In summary, the DigiVET project has made significant strides in innovating digital vocational education. It provided trainers with the tools and skills needed to tackle the challenges of online learning, promoting quality learning and supporting the free circulation of resources. As it concludes, it leaves a positive record for the future of vocational education.
DIGIVET – CREATING DIGITAL CONTENT WITH THE UTILISATION OF FREE ONLINE RESOURCES is funded by the European Union’s Erasmus+ programme under Key Action 2, Strategic Partnerships in Vocational Education and Training. DigiVET aims to address the challenges in VET for both VET trainers and learners that have emerged from the transition to the digital age after COVID-19.
- Coordinator: CREFOP Centrul de Resurse pentru Educatie si Formare Profesionala, Romania
- CSC CENTRO PER LO SVILUPPO CREATIVO DANILO DOLCI, Italy
- die Berater Unternehmensberatungs GmbH, Austria
- Eurotraining Educational Organization, Greece
- Novel Group, Luxembourg
- CETRI Centre for Technology Research and Innovation LTD, Cyprus
- REPLAY Network, Italy