The project Taccle VET "Extend European Framework for the Digital Competence of Educators for VET teachers and trainers" will promote innovative methods and pedagogies and develop learning materials, tools and actions that support the effective use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in vocational education and training. The partners collectively have delivered many training courses for teachers and trainers in using technology in the classroom, both for e-learning across the curriculum and for teaching in different subject areas. At least half of these of been based on the materials and resources for teachers developed by two previous European projects, one of which, the Taccle project, won awards from both the European Commission and from member states for excellence and impact.
Cedefop has recognised that teachers and trainers working in vocational education and training (VET) are key actors to ensure its quality and relevance to today’s demands. They play an essential role in the implementation of reforms that have been part of the EU and national agendas.
They say it is essential that teachers and trainers have opportunities to develop and keep up to highest standards their technical competences, pedagogical skills and transversal competences (e.g. digital, intercultural communication, and others). The EU Joint Research Council (JRC) has recently produced a Policy Report on a European Framework for the Digital Competence of Educators (DigiCompEdu), intended as a reference framework tool for implementing regional and national tools and training programmes.
However, embedding technology in vocational education training in schools and in the workplace has a long way to go and many VET teachers in Europe have received little or no Continuing Professional Development in the use of technology for learning. This is especially so for part time teachers and trainers.
The project will develop open and innovative practices for the training of VET teachers and trainers in the use of technology for teaching and learning. Traditional face to face training programmes are not sufficient in developing professional development opportunities for all VET teachers and trainers including part time trainers and trainers in work. The project will develop and pilot new approaches to professional development including MOOCs and non-formal activities, working methods and tools that all VET teachers and trainers can access for professional development.
The OurTwon project has been financed within the framework of ERASMUS+ programme, Key Action II - No. 2018-1-PT01-KA202-047324