Digitising Good Guidance Practice
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Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG) and Career Guidance is critical to the effective functioning of Vocational Education and Training VET. IAG relevance and quality are critical to ensure that pupils, learners and trainees are equipped to manage transitions in the labour market – with strong consequences on VET systems’ commitment to equity and social inclusion. Digitalisation affect the labour market and its impact is felt also in provision of all aspects of VET (CEDEFOP, DigitalGap during Covid-19 for VET learners at risk in Europe, 2020).
The Digiguide project builds upon the innovatory and transnational approach though predecessor projects Guide 2.0 (https://goodguidancestories.org/) and Good Guidance Stories Plus (Guide+), which have been exploring, testing and implementing innovations in the case study learning approach to competence development for improved IAG practice.
The aim of DigiGuide is to bring together IAG and Digital competence development to improve, consolidate and expand the digital competences of IAG practitioners so they can continuously access and benefit from high quality e-learning resources.
The main target groups of DigiGuide are, therefore, IAG practitioners, trainers and counsellors in the VET field; VET managers and, in the context of dissemination and wider impacts, policy makers on the regional, National and EU level concerned with VET, employment, IAG and social inclusion policies.
DigiGuide will combine the validated and immediately usable case study method with a new digital dimension; maximising potential for interactive learning, while keeping the high
value of exchange, interaction and identification which have been realised as Guide’s strengths. The work plan leads to the achievement of 3 innovative, interconnected Intellectual Outputs IOs:
IO1 Case Study-based Guidance Learning Resources: a suite of 4 interactive case study-based innovative and practice-led resources that align with the need for the CEDEFOP Guidance competences with particular relevance to innovation in a digital age in IAG in VET practice
IO2 Digital Readiness Syllabus and eLearning programme: to enhance the digital competencies of IAG practitioners, through experiential, blended learning for IAG practitioners available online in a Learning management system (Moodle), aligned to modules underlined by the DigiComp Framework in relation to (i) Communication and Collaboration, (ii) Digital Content Creation and (iii) Information and data literacy (Problem-solving).
IO3 A Self-Directed Learning Guide for Guidance Services Managers for Digital Transformation and Readiness, providing structured learning material and guidelines for Mangers to design and implement digitisation strategies and programmes in their VET organisations and amongst their guidance practitioners
Its methodology centres on three tiers of participant-led development through the direct input and involvement of some 100 IAG practitioners and service managers:
- First, an online, transnational Community of Practice (CoP) of professional staff from the partnership, operating throughout the project at the strategic level through which content and practice for each of the IOs is developed;
- Second, action learning sets in partner countries, in which IAG practitioners contribute to and validate contents in localised languages and contexts for IO1 and IO2;
- Third, localised task groups of IAG services managers and supervisory staff, informing and validating contents for IO3.
- Ultimately, DigiGuide brings together IAG and Digital competence development in VET to:
- i) improve, consolidate and expand the digital competences of IAG practitioners, where they can continuously access and benefit from high quality e-learning resources.
- ii) support VET providers in planning and implementing the needed digital transformation in IAG to better respond to the labour market evolution and societal changes.
- iii) promote a cultural shift for the IAG sector in VET, where the digital transformation of the labour market can be fully taken onboard in their daily work, allowing a wider and meaningful use of digital resources for staff training, gaining knowledge and relevance on the labour market digital transformation and being able to direct clients towards it.
Ballymun Job Centre BJC (project leader)
Centro Italiano Opere Femminili Salesiane – Formazione Professionale (CIOFS-FP, Italy)
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Tomas Bulnes at 01 8667000 or email Tomas at email@example.com