Implementation Guidelines are available in written and video formats as well

An online Implementation Guideline was written to help teachers and trainers to plan and implement their own course offer with the use of the On-line content, Resource center, evaluation and methodological tools, written based on the O1 report, development plans and piloting results.

A complex methodology is introduced multimedia on-line course content production on DUCK topic, descriptions on how to use the different on-line course elements in the classroom and by using other methods, with special emphasis on blended learning methods like flipped classroom, project work, mini project and collaborative learning.

A Data Understanding and Communication Course Learner Guide is also available in a video format on Youtube. Here partners explain the most important features and methodological solutions of the course, providing a helpful guide to both teachers and learners as well. Check out the video below

Validation pilots are in the works

We are preparing the validation pilot of the DUCK project training platform, Data Understanding and Communication Knowledge and Skills for Trainers and Teachers in VET and HE. This project meets a crucial current need: to improve the skills of teachers and trainers to analyze and communicate data. This is not only a question of quality and presentation of research but of adaptation to the current needs of a globalized world and of students increasingly immersed in technologies but with less ability to think critically. Continue reading “Validation pilots are in the works”

Second short-term staff training held successfully online

During the first training session in October 2019 in Palma, teachers were trained on the research carried out, the content and methodology planned for the Data Understanding and Communication course. Staff members from the participating institutions had long discussions on their approach and expectations on the course, the level of information and the skills it should target.

The second training session was held in October 2020. This event should have been held in Iceland and hosted by the Bifröst University but due to the circumstances and travel bans it has been decided to do it online via Adobe Connect, hosted by BME on October 27, 29 and 30.

Practical tasks were based on partner organisations real-life problems and cases in HE, traditional VET, CPD and adult VET situations. They also worked on possibilities and development dynamics to investigate and plan institutional embedment, scaling up and further development ideas of the topic in the respective sectors, regions and countries.

We took advantage on the group functions of the Adobe Connect so participants could form national groups and discuss their unique factors in the sustainability and use of the course. The feedback was very positive and although it was among the first experiences of organising such long training event purely online for the coordinator, participants viewed their time well spent.

We provided guidelines for all the individual and separate group work that was greatly appreciated by the participants. For further information and to show how we organised the event to balance the time and the attention span of the participants, here are the agendas for the three days and the guidelines we have used:


Audio meeting about fall staff training

The meeting discussed the recent extension of the project until January 2021 and the impossibility of holding face-to-face meetings. This affects the most the training  workshop that was to be held in May 2020 in Iceland. We have decided that it will be organised online, hosted by BME at Adobe Connect. 
We will update you on the progress of this project.

Success of the DUCK short-term staff training event in Palma de Mallorca

Teachers were trained on the research carried out, the content and  methodology planned for the Data Understanding and Communication course. Staff members from the participating institutions had long discussions on their approach and expectations on the course, the level of information and the skills it should target.

After introducing the participants to the concept and the course, the project team proceeded to introduce in detail the modules:

Problem formulation
Data analysis
Data communication

We dedicated three sessions for every module:
Introducing our concept in terms of learning objectives, methods, sample content and exercises
Workgroups: Working in 3 groups, led by ITC, BME and WUT. During this work, we had a discussion on the individual choices and recommendations for the DUCK modules.
Group presentations, joint discussion, voting on importance of skills

Participants had individual time to familiarize themselves with the skills of thge course and prepare themselves to the co-creation workshop. During these workshops, participants could try their hands in creating sector specific examples.

From these workshops we have continued with exercises and discussion regarding the DUCK repository, its role in the final output, its methodology and possible impact on the sustainability of the project results.

Meeting of partners in Warsaw

After the first six months of the project, partners discussed the results of the interviews with DUC experts about the state of the art of the DUC field in their respective countries and the result of a wide online survey about the need of the target group regarding a DUC course.

Partners agreed that based on the findings, the level that should be addressed by the course developed in the project will be the following:

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