Open Educational Resources – Raising Effectiveness..
Open Educational Resources – Raising Effectiveness of Volunteering in Europe through Adult Learning REVEAL II
Start date: Sep 1, 2014,
End date: Aug 31, 2016
OER-REVEAL-2 is fully in line of priority #2 of Strategic Partnership “support the production and adoption of OER in diverse EU languages. OER-REVEAL-2 builds upon a successful project that produced 12 courses in 6 languages and transposes it into OER environment in 11 languages.
At EU level, volunteering is increasingly recognised as an exceptional catalyst for active citizenship, social cohesion and development, with a remarkable economic relevance. At present, an estimated 92 to 95 million adult Europeans actively engage in volunteering activities for an aggregate contribution to the GDP of Member States varying between 0.5 to 5%; EU Commission, DG EAC, 2010 “Volunteering in EU (VEU)”. In addition, volunteering is a significantly relevant platform for informal and non-formal learning of various groups of society, thanks to its inherent mechanisms for peer-to-peer collaboration and knowledge sharing. At the same time, volunteering is a unique platform for intergenerational learning, as it promotes mutual understanding and learning between elderly and youth. Ultimately, volunteering triggers positive spill-over in European economy and society as a unique mechanism for greater social inclusion not only for the beneficiaries of volunteering services but also for the volunteers. This is even more important when volunteering is considered as a pivot for intergenerational linkages, as a means to promote social inclusion of an ageing population and active citizenship of the young part of society.
Yet, many capacity constraints undermine the efficacy and impact of volunteering as a whole: volunteering organisations seldom have the right set of managerial skills to maximize the impact of their activities. This low organisational capacity has manifold negative implications for volunteering as a whole, producing the following shortcomings:
- misallocation of resources due to improper planning and management
- diminished impact on beneficiaries of volunteering activities
- jeopardised sustainability of volunteering activities and organisations
- dispersions of (human) resources and low retention of volunteers.
The “professionalization of volunteering” (DG EAC, Volunteering in EU 2010) requires effective management of resources and planning of volunteering activities, otherwise vulnerable to inefficiencies. Many evidences pinpoint the binding constraint to effective volunteering because of capacity shortcomings, this is accurately captured by the EC, DG EAC, 2010, “VEU Final Report”, p.230: “Professionalisation also means that volunteers are confronted with increasingly demanding tasks that require specific competences and skills”.
The proposed project will allow to formalise and value knowledge while identifying training needs of individual volunteers. OER-REVEAL-2 will prompt adult learning solutions to address those needs with the ultimate aim of enhancing, through effective Adult Learning, the relevance, efficiency and impact of volunteering throughout EU.
OER-REVEAL-2 builds on the success and lessons of REVEAL, a best practice project funded by the Lifelong Learning Programme. In this follow-up proposal, the partnership will:
A) widen the geographical scale by including new countries and languages. OER-REVEAL-2 will expand the coverage of the project to include 12 partners representing 11 languages that are spoken officially in 16 EU Member States and Candidate Countries
B) enlarge the technical and operational scope by including new topics for specific training topics devoted to adult learners in the domain of the third sector and volunteering, with a learning offer of Adult Education that encompasses 21 courses along 7 themes, from Project Management for the Third Sector to Fundraising
C) open the project results to the widest public through Open Educational Resources: the purpose of this proposal is to bring into OER environment the wealth of knowledge, materials and content, specifically:
1. the web-based self assessment tool, to map, formalize and value the knowledge and competences of adult learners / volunteers identifying specific capacity and learning gaps
2. a set of multilevel web-based training solutions to address those gaps through customised learning solutions for adult learners and volunteers
3. interactive training content & material, library of relevant knowledge, expertise, case studies, etc
The partnership encompasses representatives of the third sector, volunteering associations, facilitators for the volunteering sector, private sector service providers and research centers active in the field of civil society and volunteering. OER-REVEAL-2 brings together the various participants of the adult learning domain for the third sector, with a strong emphasis on Pan-European Open Educational Resources that are accessible in 11 languages for the realisation of the EU2020 inclusive growth through improved adult learning opportunities to sustain the societal and economic impact of volunteering in Eu
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