The project intends to transfer the EUCIP Competence System, in particular the IT Administrator profile and related Full and Fundamentals certifications, to technical schools. Developed by CEPIS at European level and run by AICA in Italy and FEE in Spain, it is a “competence-system” which addresses companies and informatics professionals.
ITACA promotes the cooperation between informatics schools and companies to improve the training system quality and make students acquire competences and certifications useful to enter the world of work.
It’s composed by:
1. a detailed syllabus
2. a self-assessment tool to identify a “proximity competence profile” and related training gap
3. automatic exams assessing knowledge (and test simulations)
4. practical exams assessing skills.
The ITACA project intends to:
- Plan a learning path in the computer study field based on the EUCIP IT Administrator syllabus and organised in Units of Learning Outcomes following the ECVET model. Such a learning path aims providing students knowledge, skills and attitudes required and is based on project-work activities and placements in companies in the view of creating a suitable context where to develop competences.
- Promote a pilot course based on collaborative online activities addressing about 30 Italian teachers who, interacting with companies, define such a learning path in details.
- Deliver cascade training courses to Italian and Hungarian teachers make them familiar with such a model so that they could activate IT Admin courses for their students
- Certificate teachers and accredit schools as IT Administrator awarded bodies
- Pilot the learning model devised with students in Italy and Hungary
- Promote a community of teachers which will keep the debate on competence-based learning and the cooperation with companies alive
- Present the project results to relevant stakeholders in Italy, Hungary and Spain to obtain public validation and recognition of the IT Admin EVET points.
This paper summarizes ATC21S assessments for ICT Literacy, including a description of data (collected in Fall 2011 studies in Australia, Finland, Singapore and the U.S.) and discussion on how assessment outcomes can be reported. ATC21S aims to help educators around the world equip students with 21st century skills to succeed in career and college goals, including problem-solving, digital literacy and working together in learning communities.
The ultimate goal of the project is to move from small marginal pilot projects to implementing new forms of assessment within a coherent teaching and learning system. This paper focuses on the reform needed in school and government systems to achieve this shift.
This paper looks at innovative ways to improve the development of 21st-century skills in students both individually and in groups, considering both formal and informal learning opportunities.
This paper identifies and analyzes various technological problems in computer-based assessment of 21st-century skills, with suggested solutions.
This paper reviews the contribution of new information-communication technologies to the advancement of educational assessment. Improvements can be described in terms of precision in detecting the actual values of the observed variables, efficiency in collecting and processing information, and speed and frequency of feedback given for the participants and stakeholders. It reviews previous research and development in two ways, describing the main tendencies in four continents (Asia, Australia, Europe and the US) and summarizing research on how technology advances assessment in some crucial dimensions (assessment of established constructs, extension of assessment domains, assessment of new constructs and in dynamic situations).
As there is a great variety of applications of assessment in education, each one requiring different technological solutions, the paper classifies assessment domains, purposes and contexts and identifies the technological needs and solutions for each. The paper reviews the contribution of technology to the advancement of the entire educational evaluation process from authoring and automatic generation and storing items through delivery methods (Internet-based, local server, removable media, mini-computer labs) and forms of task presentation made possible with technology to response capture, scoring and automated feedback and reporting.
The paper also reviews some special cases for which new technologies have enabled significant advances (e.g. assessments of students with special educational needs, assessment of collaborative skills and group achievement) and discusses the validity issues raised by the application of the new technolgies (e.g. factors influencing achievements when working with technological tools, the question of transferability of skills measured in a virtual environment).
Finally, the paper identifies areas where further research and development is needed (migration strategies, security, availability, accessibility, comparability, framework and instrument compliance) and lists themes for research projects feasible in the Assessment and Teaching of 21st Century Skills project.
The Community Café: creating and sharing open educational resources with community-based language teachers
This article was originally published by Kate Borthwick and Alison Dickens on the online Journal of e-Learning and Knowledge Society, volume 9, issue 1.
The Community Café: creating and sharing open educational resources with community-based language teachers ran from 2010 – 2011 and was a collaboration between Southampton City Council and two universities in the UK. The project’s aim was to create, publish online and share a collection of open access digital resources for community-based language teachers in the Southampton area.
The project addressed a particular problem: the scarcity of up-to-date, online resources for community languages. These languages are often learnt in informal situations, and teachers are often reliant on creating their own materials but have limited access to training. Engaging with open practice offers this group the potential benefits of improving their access to resources, enhancing digital literacy and practice, and gaining insights into alternative pedagogical approaches through using existing online repositories.