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Enhance self-awareness and balance the personalized learning in ESL prevention through a Smart Learning Environment
Start date: Sep 1, 2016, End date: Aug 31, 2019 PROJECT  ONGOING 

CONTEXT/BACKGROUND OF THE PROJECTIn 2010, the EC has set the reduction of ESL to less than 10 % of the relevant population by 2020 as headline target in the Europe 2020 strategy. The main obstacles to the achievement of the objective is the high rate of youngsters leaving school before having completed their learning pathway (Eurostat, 2015). In Italy, 63.1% of students aged 16 to 18 years is at risk school leavers. Romania has the fifth highest ESL rate in Europe. The trend indicates a decrease, from 18.4 in 2010 to 17.4 in 2012 [Eurostat] but not sufficiently. In Sweden, the rate of ESL is low, but it is steadily rising since 2009, while Lithuania was among the better countries in terms of early school leavers, with a rate of about 7%. In the last 10 years many reforms of the education systems have taken place in Europe with the aim to meet the requirements of the job market, but according to Eurostat, unemployment rates shows a low demand for labour and skill mismatches.MAIN AIMTo develop, test and assess an innovative and replicable methodological approach for inclusive smart learning activities, identifying career-oriented soft skills and competences for students, who will empower their self-awareness, self-guidance as well as their responsibility in personalizing learning and in using responsibly innovative educational technology tools and methods. SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES- engagement of 100 students through an innovative smart learning environment based on self-awareness digital and analytics technologies (e.g., learning analytics and social-awareness technologies) which can also enable the emergence of informal skills;- A guide for teachers (20 teachers: 5 * country ) to empower their learning role in technology teaching by defining a new pedagogical approach; - Schools enhancing by a greater connection to the needs of the job market by encouraging developing career oriented soft skills. - School community as a whole. The project will implement the recommendation of the EC on schools policy, by putting together the partners' experiences to create shared guidelines for a “whole-school approach” in ESL preventionTARGETS• 100 students• 20 Teachers/Trainers • Ca. 800 stakeholders (professionals in the fields of school education, higher education, job market)• Partner Research centres and universitiesINDIRECT TARGETS- Ca. 9.000 people sensitized thanks to dissemination activities.METHODOLOGIESVirtual Learning Environment, Technology Enhanced Learning Systems, ICT Integration in school education, cooperative learning, best practice exchange.MAIN ACTIVITIES:O1 - TRANSNATIONAL NEEDS ANALYSIS & RESEARCHO1 - A1 - Develop methodology and instrumentsO1 - A2 - Conduct national desk researchO1 - A3 - Organize national focus groupO1 - A4 - Conduct national survey and interviewO1 - A5 - Elaborate national reportsO2 - "ENABLE" TECHNOLOGY ENHANCED METHODOLOGICAL APPROACH ON ESLO2 - A1 - Identification of a set of soft skills "career oriented"O2 - A2 - Define key Learning OutcomesO2 - A3 - Elaboration and test of the methodological approachO2 - A4 - Monitoring and evaluation of the methodological approachO2 - A5 - Provide pedagogical contentsO3 - "ENABLE" SMART LEARNING ENVIRONMENTO3 - A1 Analysis and Design of the IT architecture of Smart Learning EnvironmentO3 - A2 Software ImplementationO3 - A5 Provide Guidelines for learners, tutors and trainersO4 - INTEGRATING METHODOLOGY AND TECHNOLOGY ON SMART LEARNING ENVIRONMENTO4 - A1 Development and implementation of Training materials for teachersO4 - A2 Integrate e-learning contents into ENABLE smart learning environment O4 - A3 Testing phaseO5 - PILOT RUNO4 - A1 - Selection of participantsO4 - A2 - Organize national training eventsO4 - A3 - Conduct a pilot collaborative learning activityO4 - A4 - National testing and consultation reports O4- A5 - European Report on testing and consultation activitiesE1 - Multiplier event realized in LithuaniaE2 - Multiplier event realized in RomaniaE3/E6 - E7 Multiplier event realized in ItalyMAIN TANGIBLE RESULTS:Study on ESL preventionGuideline on the whole-school approachSet of the career oriented soft skillMethodological executive planSmart Learning EnvironmentMAIN IMPACTS- 100 students will be enabled to carry out learning activities in a smart learning environment taking into account their personal develop in terms of self-awareness, self-guidance and sense of responsibility;- 20 teachers/trainers can improve a more effective use of learning technology, can put more attention in stimulating informal learning;- schools leader (1*country) will benefit from the Recommendation on whole-school approach; - ca. 800 among relevant stakeholders will be informed on the ongoing project activities and will receive all dissemination material;- Development of a strategic methodological “bridge” between research, school education and job market;

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