The second trasnational meeting of the DiTravet project was held in Dublin and hosted by City of Dublin ETB at the Liberties College of Further Education, on November 30th and December 1st.

Unfortunately, due to problems with flight connections, Accademia IRSEI had to partecipate online.

The project, co-financed by the Erasmus+ Programme of European Union, will run until 2023 under the lead of Belfast Metropolitan College (UK). 

BMC will work together with Accademia IRSEI (Italy), Skills Divers (Spain), Tampereen seudun ammattiopisto Tredu (Finland), City od Dublin ETB (Ireland) and Albeda (Netherlands) to develop innovative practices aimed at supporting VET (Vocational Education and Training) schools during the digital transformation. 

These results will improve partecipation and allow a more effective use of digital tools for educational purposes. 

There where several moments of discussion and debate on how to maximize the results of the project:

Intellectual Output 1(IO1) – 360 Degree Review of Digital Transformation in VET curriculum for Work – Based Learning

Creation of a three-dimensional curriculum in digital transformation of VET school, considering the gaps in WBL related to digitalization and blended learning. 

IO2 – Practical toolkit for digital and inclusive education 

The education toolkit created by this output, emerging from the results of IO1, will support:

– The directors of VET schools in order to lead digital transformation within their organizations.

– The teachers to develop high quality, inclusive digital education resources.

– The students to acquire basic digital competences. 

IO3 – Digital Badge: Quality Assurance Framework for the recognition of online training/industrial skills

This IO aims at the existing gaps between online training and industrial skills accreditation of VET Work based learning, by offering sustainable and relevant suggestions for improvement and contingency. The root idea is to demonstrate a very specific skills with a badge to be uploaded onto one’s own portfolio. 

The TPM meeting was enriched by the interactive presentation of Dr. Michael Hallisey, who overviewed the digital transformation processes of VET schools by stimulating the intertwined link between purpose, process, people and technology. 

He underlined how te “maturing” of a digitalised education relates to a newly envisioned leadership of trainers and school managers, aiming at integrated practices in a life-long learning perspective. This new strategy, he shared, should entail engaging learning experiences, responsiveness to learners/labour market/societal changes and personalised, blended learning. 

Although partially online, the working days were productive for all partners and fundamental to the reorganization of the IO1, IO2 and IO3. In the hope of traveling in the next future, the Transnational Project Meeting number 3 will take place in Spain, hosted by Skills Divers.