How to promote social media uptake in VET and adult training systems in Europe – practical example of the “SVEA” European project
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Social media applications such as Twitter, blogs and Facebook are used more and more in our daily personal and professional lives. Also, many educational institutions are becoming increasingly aware that such social media applications can be effectively integrated into their learning and lifelong learning delivery systems.
However, very few are currently actually using these applications to innovate their training systems and to offer more learner-centred services.
To promote the benefits and, hence, the uptake of social media within the vocational education and adult training system, further targeted measures are needed. One such measure would be to provide trainers with the knowledge needed for them to integrate Web 2.0 applications in their training delivery and encourage use across the vocational education and training (VET) sector.
However, before training in the use of Web 2.0 applications can be developed effectively, it is necessary to understand both the barriers to their use and the needs of the user, which have to be taken into account when developing new training methods that integrate social media applications. This article outlines the barriers and challenges, as well as the opportunities offered by Web 2.0 tools, which are currently influencing European training systems in the development of more collaborative and learner-centred vocational and adult training.
The paper will demonstrate how learner-centred training elements such as a collaborative online training platform can be integrated into course systems and provide the functionality needed to offer targeted services to learners as well as trainers, supporting lifelong learning in Europe. The paper will also describe how tailored training modules are being developed to support the trainers from VET and adult training institutions to implement the use of social media tools in their courses.
This article is based on the first results emerging from the SVEA project following a regional analysis on the uptake of social media in VET and adult training systems in Europe. This analysis was carried out in five European regions: Baden-Württemberg (D), Vlaams-Brabant (BE), Extremadura (ES), Piemonte (I) and Wales (UK).
SVEA is funded by the European Commission through the Leonardo da Vinci Lifelong Learning Programme.