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Technical Innovation in Blended Learning. An EU project on continuous vocational education using multiple devices
Technical Innovation in Blended Learning. An EU project on continuous vocational education using multiple devices

This ERASMUS+ project Technology Innovations in Blended Learning (TIBL) is a two year project (2017-2019), aiming to develop high level continuous vocational education and training (C-VET) courses for training performed in formal and in non-formal C-VET education. These courses use blended learning (Ossiannilsson, 2017) as a technology enhanced method and focus on the use of multiple devices, such as Smartphones and Tablets (used by the trainees in their everyday life) to develop professional competencies that will close the expectation gap between trainees and companies. The innovative approach in this project embraces the implementation of a trainee-focused pedagogical framework based on heutagogy (Hase & Kenyon, 2000), the development of an all-encompassing quality enhancement framework (including also the pedagogy approach), and the exploitation of various technical equipment (the multiple devices). The project is complementary to a Grundtvig Multilateral project by transferring the theoretical developed outputs to a practical implementation in a different (but similar) educational sector.

The pedagogical framework includes as a new pedagogical approach the trainees view. The team focuses on the real needs, based from the current state of the art of literature, and proved by the feedback of the trainees of the pilot courses. The framework will combine active learning, micro learning, especially in the distance learning, and the use of multimedia, especially interactive videos. This approach is even described by Bergmann (2017). Sung (2016) mentioned that qualitative analyses of the use of multiple devices are still missing. Within the project currently used devices were analysed, and a list of features, mainly technic-based, were identified. This study is the bases of the development of multimedia-based material which will be able to be used on all multiple devices during the training. The study impacts as well into the implemented features of the Moodle (Moodle, 2018) platform which is used for the distance learning. The pre-decision has been made to use HTML5 as a page description language which is delivered by Moodle as a standard (Moodle, 2016).

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