The aim of BEYZO is to contribute to digital transformation through the development of digital readiness, resilience and capacity by enhancing the competencies and capacities of VET educators to deliver quality, inclusive training opportunities in online and hybrid (online, offline and combination of both) teaching and learning environments.
To reach this aim, BEYZO has the following objectives:
– increase the knowledge on existing best practices in online and hybrid VET delivery and synthesise results for wider dissemination
– support VET educators in delivering training and educational activities in online and hybrid environments
– increase the availability of educational resources supporting VET educators to adapt offline training into online and hybrid settings
– improve the skills and expertise of VET educators across a range of sectors in facilitating inclusive quality learning processes in both online and hybrid spaces
– support the policymakers in understanding the needs for national and pan-European accreditation for digital facilitation skills training and contribute to the definition of micro-credentials
To meet the project objectives, a partnership of 7 organisations with digital education skills who work in VET and civic society settings has been formed. This partnership spans 7 countries and includes – CRN (Germany), Municipal Center for Social Services Centre (Poland), Changemaker Educations (Sweden), University of Cyprus – SEIT Lab (Cyprus), I.Re.Forr. (Italy), INNOVED (Greece) and MEAG (Ireland).
In order to achieve the project objectives and delivery of the planned results, BEYZO team has drafted the project activities based on key milestones, work packages, results, staff trainings and transnational and online partnership meetings. The concrete results will be reached by implementing the WPs.
WP1: Project Management, Quality Assurance and Evaluation (CRN) – will be ongoing throughout the project and will ensure the smooth delivery of other WPs. It will ensure not only the time and budget control but also the quality of the results and impact
WP2: Sharing, Promotion and Use of the Project’s Results (Innoved and I.Re.Forr.) – will ensure that the project progress and results are properly disseminated; the activities within the WP2 will be closely linked to WP3
WP3: Research and Stakeholder Engagement (SNRSS and MEAG) – will coordinate the research activities for PR1 and make sure that the project is communicated to relevant stakeholders and the stakeholder engagement strategy is delivering fruitful feedback that is integrated into the project implementation.
This will consequently result in the sustainability of the project outputs and outcomes, potentially enhancing the overall impact in the longer term.
Furthermore, WP3 will oversee the development of a sustainability roadmap as to what actions can be taken post-project to widen the impact further.
WP4: Pedagogy and Training Delivery (Changemaker Educations and I.Re.Forr.) – this work package is directly related to the delivery of content for the training-the-trainer curriculum (PR2) and development of digital facilitation skills for VET professionals. The activities of this work package will provide pedagogic guidance, curriculum and facilitation of the staff training (C1), linking with digital/e-learning resources (PR3) in WP5.
WP5: Digital/E-Learning Resources and Synthesis (University of Cyprus, Changemaker Educations and CRN) – This work package is directly related to the delivery of content for the digital/e-learning resources being created as part of PR3. It is also providing digital skills and audio/visual/web support to the project – linking with WP2 and WP4. Furthermore, all the learning of the project will be synthesized and presented in the position paper (PR4)
To address the digital competencies skills gap in VET professionals the partnership will pool their resources to undertake research and stakeholder activities and deliver dissemination activities to develop the following results, which are the main outcomes of BEYZO:
Result 1: A report on existing online and hybrid delivery approaches/case studies and a synthesis of key findings The partnership will deliver 7 online research seminars exploring different approaches to delivering training in online and hybrid learning environments. Each partner will organise 1 research seminar in their specific VET field (i.e. University of Cyprus = Higher Education, Comparative Research Network = digital skills development) and invite 2 stakeholders to present case studies of good practice. The seminars will provide both an opportunity to learn from other VET professionals and be a knowledge exchange in which the attending VET professionals can share their own learning and expertise in the field as part of a facilitated discussion. The learnings from this and stakeholder presentations will be used to create a report on existing online and hybrid delivery approaches. This will synthesise the key findings from the seminar series and present them in an accessible and easy to disseminate format.
Result 2: A training-the-trainer curriculum for VET educators in online and hybrid facilitation skills. The learnings from Result 1 activities will be the basis of the development of Result 2 – a training-the-trainer curriculum for VET educators in online and hybrid facilitation skills. This curriculum will set out a framework through which existing VET educators can learn how to adapt their training and educational programmes to online and hybrid environments, learn new digital skills and explore a range of supporting e-learning and digital tools.
Result 3: Digital/e-learning resources to support VET educators to develop digital competencies for delivering training in online and hybrid settings
To support the usage of Result 1 and also for independent study, Result 3 will see the creation of Digital/e-learning resources to support VET educators to develop digital competencies for delivering training in online and hybrid settings. These resources will be presented in a range of media formats to support different learning styles and will help VET educators explore topics such as inclusive facilitation practices in online environments, how-to guides for using different tools and platforms and adapting vocational and practical training into online paradigms.
Result 4: Position paper on a pan-European core competencies benchmarks for the VET sector in online and hybrid learning environment facilitation skills and a proposed application of micro-credentials The learning on BEYZO will be synthesised into a position paper on a pan-European set of benchmarks that outline the
core competencies needed in the VET sector and for VET professionals to deliver high quality and effective teaching and learning in online and hybrid learning environments. These benchmarks will contribute to the current EU process of co-creating and defining a concept of micro-credentials, EU standards for their quality and transparency and the next steps to be taken at the institutional, national and EU levels.
The partnership will also deliver a training activity “Train existing VET trainers and facilitators in facilitation techniques for online and hybrid learning environments and the use of a range of digital technologies and platforms” (C1). This 4-day training will equip VET professionals with the skills to take their educational programmes into online and hybrid environments. The training will focus on developing benchmark/core digital competencies in participants and supporting them to use these in their own VET environments. The training will provide opportunities for peer-to-peer learning and skill-sharing, as well as more traditional education and learning opportunities.