Ask4Job Project Meeting in Valencia

The fourth Ask4JOB project meeting was held on 4-5 April 2019 in Valencia, hosted by FyG Consultores. 19 representatives from nine countries over two days  discussed the findings of the workshops conducted in 8 countries with stakeholders; the development of the self-assessment tool, designing the appreciative validation and the status of the MOOC. The meeting gave also a possibility to evaluate the general situation of the implementation and debate crucial methodological issues.

The Ask4Job project supports the upskilling and re-skilling of the European labour force with digital skills by producing a set of tools to assess, educate, and recognize digital competences among long-term unemployed adults. The tools are:

  1. The Skills Assessment for Job Requirements (SASS)– an online self-assessment tools mapped to DigComp 2.0 assessing the competences needed to implement the work-related activities referenced at EQF4.
  2. Capability MOOC – the educational pathway will be designed in blended mode according to the flipped-classroom logic.
  3. Appreciative Validation – the collection of evidences and appreciative references in support of the recognition of learning outcomes.

 

European Awareness Scenario Workshops (EASW) Results

Between November 2018 and January 2019, the partners organised eight workshops in their countries, based on the EASW method, to discuss the jobs analysis assessment with stakeholders. The findings of these workshops are now used in the shaping of all the project outputs. We’ll present those findings in a separate publication, so stay tuned.

The partners debated  on the better strategy for using the DIGCOMP 2.1 as a point of reference for turning the research and workshop contents into practical didactic material, in order to provide instruments that could be useful for adult learners to find a job at a EQF4 level in commerce or in the services sector.

Working on the self-assessment tool and designing a MOOC

The questions elaborated and included in the self-evaluation test will allow the Ask4Job users to understand, which of the two MOOC pathways must be followed: the basic one for users that have a DIGCOMP 2.1 level of digital skills OR the intermediate for users that have a higher level of autonomy, referable to a 3 level of the DIGCOMP 2.1. The final objective of the MOOC and CAPABILITY LAB will be to help the beneficiaries in reaching Level 3-4 thanks to the basic MOOC and Level 4-5 using the advanced MOOC.

Currently the teams of partners are working on the development of the assessment materials and on the delineation of the related MOOCs. On the advice of ALL DIGITAL, which has provided the partnership with a series of examples and reference points useful for the completion of the questionnaires, partners agreed to divide the questions into two different kinds:

  • Self-evaluation quizzes and tests:
  • Knowledge quizzes and tests.

The advice is to elaborate multiple choice questions that do not have just one correct answer, but may be divided into completely right, partially right, partially wrong and completely wrong answers, providing a more articulated final result and a better overview of the users’ knowledge.

In preparation for the MOOC development, partners have already started collecting information on the specific competences areas, in which they will have to produce their MOOC materials, consisting in presentations, video recording, audio recording, interactive materials, to be combined according to two levels of digital proficiency: basic and intermediate.

The final part of the meeting was reserved to the presentation on “Information and Data Literacy for Adult Learners” to all partners. The presentation enabled the partners to reflect on the situation with Digital Skills for Adult Learners and on the provision of upskilling education and training courses. In all partner countries, except Sweden, the levels of digital literacy and individuals who never used internet is still particularly high and generally under the EU-28 medium levels, so we still have a lot of work to do.

What’s next?

Partners are preparing 30-40 multiple-choice questions for their thematic areas for the self-assessment tools. They also start working on the definition of various learning outcomes and the course micro-units that will be delivered in the MOOC.

Learn more about the project:

Website: https://www.ask4job.net/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Ask4JobProject/