Let’s Play VET! will undertake a thorough analysis of the “learning playlist approach”, a new methodology created and tested in the United State by the LRNG movement. The aim of LRNG is to close the opportunity gap for young people with fewer opportunities and innovate how they access to learning and thus multiply their chances of success. Using technology to create partnerships and learning opportunities both locally and globally, LRNG operates for delivering changes in training the millions of young people who are locked out of traditional paths to finish their scholastic career.
Let’s Play VET! could also be considered an outcome of the KA2 YOUTH European Badge Alliance coordinated by Uniser (http://ebawebsite.net/). The European Badge Alliance is a project aimed at innovating the recognition, validation and communication processes of key competences acquired by young people in non formal and informal learning contexts thanks to the use of “Learning Badges”. Learning Badges will be integrated in the process of creating the VET module because they have proven to motivate young people in learning. This concept is called “gamification” and it is based on the fact that individuals are stimulated in completing their assignment by the gratification of receiving in this case a badge that will unlock the access to new and more challenging learning experiences.
This innovative tools has been mentioned also by the Council of Europe in the recommendation “Promoting new approaches in youth work to uncover and develop the potential of young people” which has pointed out that “To appeal to young people and to
ensure greater impact on their lives, new settings where young people spend their time, such as modern city infrastructure and virtual space, as well as new approaches using innovative online and offline tools (such as gamification, GPS based activities, learning badges or design thinking), should be reflected upon and taken into account in the further development of education and training of youth workers.”
The added and innovative value of Let’s Play VET, in respect of other projects, stands in:
The innovative training modules includes learning experiences that together will provide a comprehensive and innovative teaching approach aimed at enhancing the engagement and participation in learning of VET students. The VET module will be centered on the concept of “Learning Playlist”. A Playlist is a curated group of learning experiences assembled into a compelling, media-rich narrative around a common theme. Playlists are organized around passions and competencies of learners in order to stimulate their interest and participation in a pro-active way.
The new teaching methodologies leading to the acquisition of the qualification of graphic designer (level eqf4) will be composed of several learning experiences based on the idea of playlisting and designed around the learning outcomes shared among the three VET providers. Some of these will give the opportunities of acquiring competences such as communication and problem solving).
The relevance of this output stands in the creation and documentation of a first pedagogical methodology in VET based on the concept of playlist, which for the moment will be tested on the Graphic Designer qualification, but that can be potentially applied to a wide range of qualifications and, in the future, even to entire VET curricula. The work in this output will start with a research on practices and case studies about education through playlists and gamification that will set the basis for the development of an evidence-based training module with a pedagogical value acknowledged by VET providers and students.
The new training module will be tested in two sessions during the length of the project on students that will obtain a EQF4 level qualification. The testing phases will be used to provide feedback from students and educators which will be used to “adjust” and improve the content of the training modules.
The innovative VET playlist module will be accompanied by a report which will describe the methodology leading to its creation, including the academic findings supporting the choices made.
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Playlists are a teaching approach highly learner-centered and strongly based on the learning by doing concept, which require innovative tools that “speak the same language” of young VET students.
This second Output consists in creating an E-Learning environment aimed at:
1) Increasing the participation and engagement of students by using ICT tools that they use on a regular basis in their everyday life. By creating this interactive platform, we will enter the comfort-zone of young people participating in VET courses, gaining their trusts and attention;
2) Facilitating the interaction between students and educators. For example students will upload on the platform their assignment (e.g. a video, a picture, the certification of attendance of a seminar or a study visit ecc.) which will be evaluated and validated by the educator. Educators will be able to give their feedback to students and encourage them in improving their weak points;
3) Creating an online place for storing all future VET playlists modules that will be potentially developed across Europe after the end of the project thanks to the model outlined in O1. The E-Learning platform will have public pages accessible by everyone which will display information about this project and all the material/outputs produced. Apart from the public pages, the platform will include two private areas only accessible by VET students and Educators with login credentials:
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The research-based guidelines will represent the scientific support of the project. They will be instructions that will serve to bring the innovation developed to other VET providers across
Europe. Since several specific elements of the VET module may vary from country to country according to the different VET systems, the guidelines will include procedures to adapt the content of the training modules to the local contexts and/or learning outcomes of other qualifications. This output will also give European VET providers instruction to start using the e-platform developed in IO2 for creating their playlist modules, thus contributing to the final objective of the project of increasing the attractiveness of VET in Europe.
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