E-learning is shaping the development of education in Europe and points to new and creative ways for teaching in vocational education and training (VET).This development, however, has not reached all parts of Europe according to surveys by CEDEFOP (European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training) and the quality of e-learning based teaching in VET varies widely, depending on the personal competence of the teacher. Furthermore, different educational traditions and cultural predispositions need to be taken into account when it came to the question of how the acceptance of e-learning can be increased.
The aim of the Certified European e-Tutor (CET) project was to provide teachers with the opportunity to take part in systematic training, ensuring that they are able to use e-learning tools in a professional and efficient way.
This goal however, raised the question of how e-Tutor skills are acquired and how the quality of knowledge and competence is assessed. A clearly defined European e-tutor competence model didn´t exist. The CET consortium believed that this problem could be solved by a European-wide certificate for e-Tutoring in VET in order to ensure a widely accepted and recognised quality standard in EU countries.
The project had major outcomes:
- VET teachers were trained as e-Tutors in the Czech Republic and Finland over a period of ten weeks. By testing the localised e-learning modules sustainable "e-competence teams" were set up in Czech Republic and Finland.
- A unified European e-Tutor qualification scheme which defines binding learning and competence standards for VET teachers.
The project had following impact:
- Quality assurance of e-learning based teaching in vocational schools
- Further education and qualification of VET teachers
- Increasing the knowledge about the benefits of e-learning in VET
- Increasing the number of VET teachers in Europe using e-Learning tools
Last modified: Thursday, 23 January 2014, 9:06 AM