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Draft version of needs analysis report re IWB training presented at SMARTVET project meeting

on Fri, 05/25/2012 - 19:21

Community College Norwich (CCN) in the UK hosted the second project meeting of the SMART_VET project.
Progress was reviewed and part of that agenda concerned the scrutiny of the draft report of the needs analysis carried out by TELLConsult. See the brief draft summary below. A final version will be available soon after partner and focus group feedback has been processed.
We also defined the agenda for the next period, including the next meeting, this time in Utrecht, Holland: so my turn to host the session.

To round off our visit we were shown around the CCN premises where several implementations of educational concepts and developments were introduced including the start up lounge 2 promote enterpreneurship as part of the curriculum in vocational education.

The theme of the 'pitch' activity' that was going on at the very moment we were there happened to be modern languages.
So I really needed to have this picture of an advert of a prospect Language School owner: 
As a follow up project partners were also invited to attend the 2012 EFODL conference: ICE AGE


Summary of SMART_VET Needs Analysis Report.

As part of the EU project  'Supporting Continuous Professional Development of VET teachers in the use of Interactive Whiteboards' the present study reports the results of a needs analysis.
This research aims to provide information to optimize the alignment of the design and delivery of training materials to foster the use of IWBs in the delivery of the professional development  programmes for VET teachers in Ireland.

With the help of an online questionnaire distributed among Ireland-based teachers data were collected in March 2012 to establish the IWB & general ICT competencies, availability and levels of IWB use.

Aspects involved were teachers’ confidence levels for and actual use general ICT applications and of the various IWB functionalities and their beliefs about its educational potential.

Measures taken to optimize the representativeness of the resulting response set with respnses from a third of the County Wicklow educational VET community haven turned out to be successful.

The main findings resulting from the analysis of this data, reflected on by the SMART-VET project  team and a local focus group are that:

  • in general the teachers involved are quite willing  to approach IWB competence development as an issue that needs to be addressed and many of them report their motivation to become more competent in IWB use.
  • although respondents report to be reasonably confident about their personal and professional ICT skills there is an interest in further competence development on how to integrate IT in teaching and in applications relevant for and with IWBs
  • most respondents appear to opt for a face-to-face & blended approach to professional development preferably in small groups allowing hands-on activities and collaborative learning with peers with time and opportunities to pilot subject specific materials in actual practice.

The fact that this research has shown that the majority of the respondents a) do not use the IWB b) are interested in using it in their teaching and c) would welcome training is seen as supporting the rationale for the SMART_VET project.