WP3

New VET curricula development

Estimated start date: 1.6.2021

Estimated end date: 28.2.2023 (Month 26 of the project – end of the pilot phase)

Lead organisation: Czech VR Agency

THE AIM is to develop or update and improve curricula for both of the new qualifications (specialisations) and prepare grounds for their delivery.

Preparation of a new program roll-out requires:

  • Designing of a person or a committee authorized to verify (examine) and validate skills of graduates;
  • Designing a joint EU certificate to successful graduates;
  • In order to meet the needs and requirements of employers across economic sectors and countries, the project objective is also to set-up structures enabling cooperation with companies in the respected fields and promoting work-based learning.

Description

Step 1 – Designing of an open online course platform

The WP leader (Czech VR Agency) develops an open online course platform provide:

  • live online courses
  • Uploading videos, 2D and 3D images, PPT presentations, etc.
  • online monitoring of student homework progress
  • doing interactive tests
  • forums of participants and chats
  • individual support to participants from expert partners and a help desk
  • e-testing and online certification
  • teachers (trainers) to edit the content in order to use it in their own lessons.

Step 2 – Designing curricula of both VET programs

Expert partners develop the content for the open online course platform. The curricula of each VET program will comprise about 50 lessons. Each lesson will include learning texts, videos, pictures, 3D visualisations and presentations for self-learning and will be completed with exercises and interactive e-tests for self-evaluation of acquired knowledge

Step 3 – Establishing “authorized entities” for skills examination and certification

At the project level, an international evaluation and certification committee will be established to verify, validate and certify skills of participants of the pilot courses.

Representatives of project expert partners will play the role of its key members, as well as representatives of the Latvian Chamber of Commerce, who is the leader of the work package 5 in charge of the project evaluation. Representatives of national and local stakeholders including companies will be invited to join the committee during graduate exams taking places in their countries.

At the national level, each VET full or associated partner will make efforts to fulfil the qualification requirements defined in the Description of the new qualification standard (output of the WP2 – see above) and receive an authorization from the respective national authority, the Ministry of Education or its agencies, in compliance with national laws and procedures (to be identified during the WP4 – see below), to verify, validate and certify skills of graduates of the new VET programs after the project end.

Step 4 – Developing a guide to VET providers through implementation of the new curricula, based on an enhanced cooperation with companies and integrating principles of dual education (work based learning)

A list of companies in the field of drone programming or VR programming (developing), ready to actively cooperate with VET providers or offering internships to VET students or teachers, will be developed. These companies may include those that were asked to fill in the questionnaire in the work package 2 (step 1).

Various collaboration arrangements between VET providers and companies will be set-up, with the aim to offer students opportunities for work-based learning.

A guide through various cooperation models between VET providers and employers in the addressed fields will be created, including recommendations to VET providers on how to integrate principles of work-based education into the curricula. Outputs of previous EU-funded projects will be used and adapted for the purposes of this project (for example, see AC4SME, www.ac4sme.eu).