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.
We 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 one needs to find its own solution that then fits perfectly to its respective situation and requirements. Therefore, we aim to guide organizations / institutions through a thorough review process of its current set-up. This will be done by asking a series of questions, each single one directing the view to an essential area. It is strongly recommended that the checklists are discussed internally with representatives of all relevant stakeholders, and then conclusions based on the discussion results are drawn. 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.
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. On the other hand, a VET organization / institution cannot be inclusive without having inclusion implemented at classroom level, i.e. both levels are essential.
This was the focus of the fifth project meeting, 26 - 28 Februrary 2020 in Espoo / Finland.
This was the focus of the sixth project meeting, scheduled for 6 - 8 May 2020 online.
This will be the focus of the seventh / last project meeting, scheduled for 22 - 24 September 2020 in Germany.