Results Overview

Context

The main objective of the Strategic Partnership EICON is to support organizations / institutions providing vocational education and training (VET) to become more inclusive using information and communication technology (ICT).

Managers of organizations / institutions that are active in VET are particularly in need for guidance on how to further develop, as they often have to work towards multiple aims simultaneously, i.e. inclusion usually is one among many other aims. EICON particularly explores the inherent potential and synergies in the overlapping section between education, inclusion and digitalisation.

What can you expect?

The partners of the EICON project that produced these results are convinced that there is no 'one best way' for any organization / institution active in VET to increase its inclusive capacity with ICT. Rather, each organization / institution needs to find its own solution that then fits perfectly to its respective situation and requirements. For this reason, the project has developed guidance to help organizations to deal with the most important questions in five thematic areas: pedagogy & teaching / learning approaches; technology & infrastructure; links to employmnt / labour market; stakeholder involvement, collaboratiopn and partnerships; leadership.

In the following, we aim to guide organizations / institutions through a thorough review process of their current set-up in the intersection of education, inclusion and ICT. For each thematic area, a checklist has been developed, to be used during the review process. Please follow these suggested steps:

  1. Set up an internal group of representatives of all relevant stakeholders (e.g. principal, administration, IT department, teaching staff, employment, but also learners and parents)
  2. This group will regularly meet and work on the checklists.
  3. All checklists should be addressed.
  4. All questions from the checklists should be discussed together, and conclusions based on the discussion results should be drawn.
  5. By no means all checklist items need to be answered positively. However, if none of them is met, i.e. a certain ICT / digital media / digitalisation strategy does not address any of the checklist items, then it probably won't impact positively on the respective checklist topic.
  6. All checklist items should be reviewed both at classroom level as well as at organization level, because an increase of an organization's inclusive capacity requires that impact is not limited to the classroom level.

[Please note: The underlying EICON project is not yet finished. Two more project meetings are scheduled. Both are looking at the review process in detail to ensure that it is embedded in an overall process of organisational development. One of those meetings is particularly looking at scenarios how an organisation can proceed from where it started (status quo) to where it specifically wants to go. The second meeting will take into account the fact that organizational changes are never done, but should rather be incorporated into a process of continuous improvement. The results of these two last meetings are not yet incorprated here but will be until end of 2020 when the project has finished successfully.]

Checklists in five thematic areas

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1. Pedagogy & teaching / learning approaches

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2. Technology & infrastructure

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3. Links to employment / labour market

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4. Stakeholder involvement, collaboration & partnerships

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5. Leadership