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  • Üldine

    Welcome to the Competencies Learning Event

                                                 

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    Introduction

    Please note that Phase 2 of the Competencies Learning Event will be available on Friday 20 November, 2006 from 14:00 CET.

    Access Phase 2 here:  http://www.ettcampus.org/elearning/course/view.php?id=68

    Thank you for choosing our learning event on Competencies. This event will introduce you to the theory and practice of the competency-based approach to learning and development, with a particular emphasis on eLearning competencies. The programme will assist you in assessing your current level of competencies in the use of technology for learning. It will also guide you in the use of a competency framework to review, evaluate and adapt your current programmes.

    You will be invited to participate in a variety of activities both independently and in an international group and we hope that you will wish to continue working collaboratively at the end of the learning event.

    While there is a lot of sound methodology behind the competency-based approach, which may appear daunting, the fundamental idea is simple. A competency framework describes real professional activities in sufficient clarity and detail as to enable the development of competencies and the recognition of achievement.

    Even if you are in a country that has not yet developed competency frameworks, we are sure that there is an important debate on how best to develop the knowledge, skills and competencies of citizens and that the role of the VET teacher has been identified as critical. An interesting question for you to consider and discuss as you work on the competency approach suggested here is the question of culture. To what extent can we have a generic competency framework and how does the local context influence its format and content? We shall look, for example at how the recently developed European Qualifications Framework is in line with the principal framework offered here.

    We see competency frameworks as useful tools to help us identify and develop the competencies needed for learning in the 21st century. This event will therefore be looking not only at what we do today, but what we shall need to be doing tomorrow in a rapidly evolving world.

  • Teema 1

    Creating the community: introductions
    15 to 19 February

    Please post profiles and contact details on the site. You are free to post what you wish, but it would be useful for participants to have an idea of your:

    • Name, nationality, location and contact details
    • Current post or professional activities
    • Any experience of work with eLearning competencies, indicating the approach
    • Any personal information you would like to share e.g. interests

    You can see examples of profiles that the facilitators have posted here: http://www.ettcampus.org/elearning/user/index.php?id=39.

    • Teema 2

      Introductory reading and first forum exchanges. 15 to 24 February

      In this phase we ask you to acquaint yourself with the methodology of the competence-based approach to learning and development; with extracts from competency frameworks and with the collaborative learning approach that we shall be using in this event. The aim of doing this is to give you an idea of the topic and to enable you to start to form your own opinions and questions before the first presentation. The initial resources are as follows:

      At this point the Forum will be open with the first opportunity for you to express your hopes and expectations regarding the Learning event and to post initial reactions to the resources. A number of questions will be posed by facilitators to start the discussion.

    • Teema 3

      Interactive Presentation of programme and competency-based approach; discussions and individual and group activities (suggested dates 27/28 February for the presentation and discussion until 7 March).

      This presentation will offer the opportunity for as many Learning Event participants as possible to come together in real time to hear and discuss a presentation of the eLearning competency framework and the associated tools, the User Guide and the Diagnostic Tool. A suitable time will be agreed during the first week for this event, but those not able to be present will be able to access the presentation after the event (asynchronously), and contribute to the following discussion. We shall be using a web-conferencing tool provided by the co-ordinator of the learning event, EIfEL, thanks to the sponsorship of Elluminate Live  This tool allows the sharing of documents, audio discussion and a chat facility.

      You will be able to learn about how a competency framework can be used, and how you might be able to deploy it during the learning event, both for self-development and assessment, and for informing your own professional practice. The presentation will be the impetus for your own decisions about how you would like to work with the competency framework and how you would like the virtual community to help you to do so. We shall use the Forum for one week following the presentation to discuss the content and explore possible ways of working.

      We should also like views on the usefulness of the presentation and on the web-conference experience itself, as this is one of the tools currently available to support teaching and learning.

    • Teema 4

      Using the competency framework to assess your our own knowledge and skills and to produce a personal development plan.
      8 to 17 March

      This activity may be based around the diagnostic guide and the competency framework itself to enable you to identify:

      • if a particular competency is relevant to you in your current post
      • to what standard you perform it.

      You will see that the framework covers not only supporting learners but also such important activities as taking responsibility for your own professional development. 

      You can use the forum and chat facilities to ask questions and share experiences of using the tools. 

      At this stage a WIKI facility will also be available to enable the group to produce common documents - for example a personal development template.

    • Teema 5

      Use the competency framework and related resources to evaluate own programmes
      18 to 31 March

      The organisation of this phase will be decided by the group. Among questions you might like to consider in analysing your own teacher training programmes are:

      • are helping your students/trainees to develop the competencies required for learning and teaching in the 21st century
      • are outcome based and demand the demonstration of competencies in real situations
      • encourage continuing professional development and the updating of competencies

      This activity will probably consist of individual and group exercises as group members carry out individual evaluations and compare findings with other members, using the chat and forum facilities. Among possible group outcomes might be a WIKI developing an evaluation tool.

      This phase will include an interactivepresentation by Serge Ravet, Chief Executive of EIfEL on Competencies for 21st Century learning using the elluminate platform (also available asynchronously).

    • Teema 6

      Plan to use the competency framework to complement/amend existing programmes.
      3 April to 19 April

      Following your evaluation of existing provision, the next suggested phase will be to plan to adapt your training programmes/curricula where appropriate and feasible. Your plans will of course be individual as they are dependent on your particular context. However, it will be particularly useful during this phase to continue to work with your colleagues as they will probably be tackling some of the same issues.

      You are, of course, encouraged to carry out other activities at any stage of the event. For example, you may wish to produce additional scenarios, using the WIKI facilities. 

      It is planned to offer a chat with current users of relevant competency frameworks

    • Teema 7

      From 20 to 25 April

      Evaluation of learning event  -

      We would ask you to evaluate the learning event which you have helped to create by completing this evaluation form.