Background

It is important that the progress towards 2020 strategy in various countries is more coherent. Level of use and exploitation of new ICT tools, media and related pedagogies varies significantly in different Vocational Education and Training (VET) systems. This results in difficulties in implementation of Quality Framework (QF) in VET. VET is relatively well-developed in terms of QF implementation e-learning course that puts a great emphasis on the design of learning outcomes. A practical solution for educators seeking to develop their design and moderation skills on-line will significantly ease that progress. Professional development of VET teachers and instructors is a part of any development in any country and thus facilitating their learning through free and open pedagogical on-line course can help them keep up with QF challenges more easily. Relevant, innovative and flexible VET system in Europe depends of the people who are directly involved in education and thus providing them with high quality learning opportunities is vital for further developments.

The use of innovative practices varies among education institutions. Application of ICT is associated with e-learning and learning web 2.0 is an emergent phenomenon, fostered by bottom-up take up of social media processes in educational contexts. Although social and professional networking originated outside educational institutions, it has huge potential in formal Education and Training (E&T) for enhancing learning processes and supporting the modernisation of European E&T institutions.

Research showed that VET institutions are focused on application of technologies in education, but the skills of teachers and trainers remain scares. ICT skills are core skills for qualitative performance of VET actors, due to information retrieval and development of didactical scenarios of teaching and learning activities, however, they are much lower than those at higher education institutions (HEI).

 

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