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G8WAY to educational transition
A major characteristic of European societies might be seen in the rapidly growing differentiation of educational pathways, opportunities and biographies. This increase in complexity from learners requires great effort into initiative taking, creativity, problem solving, risk assessment and decision taking. The G8WAY platform provides rich learning opportunities. It assists young people through their transitions and provides a space for information, reflection, discussion and self development. Visit the G8WAY portal and national platforms at: www.g8way.eu
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Web 2.0 pedagogy driven
Web 2.0 refers to a new understanding of the internet as a means of distributed and self-organized vs. centrally and linear organized processes of content production, editing and delivery. The overall objective of G8WAY is to take advantage of the fast growing availability of web 2.0 technologies, and elaborate a pedagogy driven web 2.0 environment for a variety of learning activities taking place during educational transition.
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Building PersonasUnderstanding transition
In order to understand the variety of transition processes and experiences of young Europeans a story telling approach is employed to provide us with a rich background enabling us to develop scenarios and provide social software to support the transition process. We propose to tell our stories in the form of personas.
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The ICONET project has been presented at the Helsinki INCLUSION workshop for best practice in the area of working with disadvantaged groups.

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Personas

Personas are artifacts that consist of a narrative relating to a desired web users' daily behavior patterns. Join the discussion on DISCUSS

Pedagogy Framework

wiki2Pedagogy frameworks allow for a pedagogy driven development of web 2.0 learning environments.
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Educational Transition

wiki3Key issues reports on educational transition and how ICT helps to more effectively manage transition stages. Join the discussion on DISCUSS

Examples

wiki4Collection of examples of good practice in the support of young people during transition.
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How young Europeans manage educational transition

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Sara is interested only in her professional context but she wants to go to work after school because she wants to be independent of her parents’ situation ...

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Ffion is obviously calm and decisive in her professional role but does not bring this into other parts of her life ...

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At school Owen works reasonably hard and is quite efficient – work, whether it is school work or other tasks, are to be done and got out of the way as soon as possible ...

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Lia was confident enough in a professional context to take on work at a much higher level than her previous experience ...

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Dewi is entirely motivated by making money – he is not particularly interested in a specific sector, just in running a business ...

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Depending on the success of this career move Laura hopes to either progress to become a teacher or a social worker. She is aware of the necessary pathways she would need to follow to achieve this ...

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Sally is worried that her plan to take “any job” may backfire and that she will end up stuck on a career path that she is unhappy with ...

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Ben is very bitter about his injuries and now he cannot follow the career he wanted, he is refusing to think of an alternative. His motivation to do anything is very low ...

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In the design of his transition, Tilmann is an “easy going” person. Convenient work conditions such as consistency in time and place of his work are the key criteria for his decision. He does not like to put too much effort into things ...

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Nero´s efforts in finding employment are connected with the wish to “having something to do” and to do something meaningful. He had experienced that sitting at home and being unemployed is neither satisfactory nor rewarding for him, but boring and isolating ...

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Kat has a clear idea of the specific area in which she wants to work. She would rather wait to be accepted to study her own research proposal than compromise her ideals ...

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Since having her GTP application rejected Marie’s confidence is low, she did not receive feedback from the application process so is unaware whether it was age, lack of experience, competition or that the panel thought she was unsuitable for a career in teaching which caused her to be rejected ...

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To Amleto it is an important skill to focus on different opportunities at the same time, calculating very well before leaving a learning experience for another one. This aspect allowed Almeto to use different learning experiences (as formal, informal and non formal), integrate each other and learn from each one of them ...

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Marco was worried and confused about his beginning situation at work. Then he tried to trust his mentor’s advice in order to have a quicker development of his professional career. ...

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Ronny's strategy to compensate pressure was to get very active and to write many applications, thus creating situations of success ...

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Störte has made his talent and hobby a profession. His work choice was highly intrinsic motivated. He knew very early what to do for a living and strictly followed the path of his choice ...

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Porto partner meeting

porto1The 3rd partner meeting took place in Porto, Portugal from 16. 03. - 18.03.2011. The meeting was hosted by our partner organisation SPI, Portugal.

The major topics of this event were:

  • Platform development (presentation and discussion of overall structure)
  • Definition of what technologies each country could use for their national platform
  • Useful resource websites
  • Clear common vision of next steps regarding the distance work on the Platform

Online Educa 2010: g8way pre-conference

G8WAY participated in ONLINE EDUCA, Berlin 2010, presenting the issue of "Carreers 2.0 - Supporting educational transitions with web 2.0 and social software". 

ONLINE EDUCA the largest global e-learning conference for the corporate, education and public service sectors, is the key annual networking event for the international e-learning and technology-supported learning and training industry, attracting and bringing together experts in the vanguard of technology-enhanced learning from around the world.

This pre-conference session was centered around the question on how young people can be supported in educational transitions by internet based services (e.g. career advice, information and guidance).

There is a wide recognition of the importance of providing support to young people on their way to employment and increasing interest in the potential of technology assisted learning to provide support for the challenges of transition. However, this area of learning remains in its infancy and poses a series of issues for policy makers, researchers and practitioners alike. The European project G8WAY is investigating on how social software and Web 2.0 applications can be used to support young people in transitions.

The following key issues were explored during the pre-conference:

  • Which are the challenges of educational transitions – how do young people start a career in recession-hit European societies?
  • What are the potentials of social software and web 2.0 tools in the context of transitions?
  • Which role can careers guidance and support play in this process?
  • What is the future of technology based learning regarding career education?

Bucharest meeting

The second G8WAY workshop took place from 20.-21. May in Bucharest, Romania. The event was hosted by the Institute of Educational Sciences.

On Thursday the results of the first project phase were discussed: a) key issues report on educational transition from school to work / higher education to work, b) pedagogy framework for the development of web 2.0 environment, which shall support students at the acquisition of transition skills and competencies, c) analysis of case studies into transition pathways and key learning issues.

On Friday working groups were formed in order to:

  • develop a shared methodology, which should allow for building an initial set of personas and scenarios from transition case studies,
  • elaborate a conceptual framework for the development of a web 2.0 powered platform for the support of educational transition.

Talking to people having completed, or are currently undergoing, educational transitions

The G8WAY project in order to identify trends or patterns in user behaviours, expectations, motivations and experienced support in transitions capitalizes on the concept of personas. Personas are fictional characters created to represent the different user types within a targeted demographic, attitude and/or behaviour set that might use a site, brand or product in a similar way (Wikipedia). Personas can be seen as tool or method for design. Personas are useful in considering the goals, desires, and limitations of users in order to help to guide decisions about a service, product or interaction space for a website.

A user persona is a representation of the goals and behaviour of a real group of users. In most cases, personas are synthesised from data collected from interviews with users. They are captured in one to two page descriptions that include behaviour patterns, goals, skills, attitudes, and environment, with a few fictional personal details to make the persona a realistic character. Personas identify the user motivations, expectations and goals responsible for driving online behaviour, and bring users to life by giving them names, personalities and often a photo.

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G8WAY wiki

The G8WAY wiki has been launched. The wiki in the framework of the project will function as a tool, which shall allow for sharing knowledge and continously update our understanding of the key issues of the project.

G8WAY selected for ECER presentation

The project team just got informed that the ECER programme committee has selected G8WAY for a presentation on "Managing Educational Transitions using the potential of web 2.0". The European Conference on Educational Research (ECER) 2010 will take place in Helsinki, Finland end of August 2010.

The presentation is scheduled in session 02 SES 11 B on 27/Aug/2010, 2:45pm - 4:15pm in room P723.

Kick-off meeting

The kick-off meeting took place in Halle/Saale from 17th to 18th December 2009. At the meeting the partners discussed the actual situation of educational transition in their countries, main target und groups and needs associated with these target groups. Furthermore a common project strategy was agreed, and partner tasks were allocated. The workshop was organized by the German Youth Institute (Deutsches Jugendinstitut e.V.)

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Key Issues Report

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learnovation

Learnovation addresses the needs and problems of the existing "eLearning vision" in Europe by adopting an iterative, open and reflexive approach that will first prepare, then openly discuss and finally target and tailor-disseminate a new articulated vision for European eLearning.

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Visit the G8WAY wiki, our laboratory for sharing ideas and common knowledge base

Portal on competencies acquired in informal settings, and their validation

Untold Stories is a European project, which promotes digital storytelling in adult education

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This project is funded with support from the European Commission. This communication reflects the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

G8WAY is a multilateral project, funded by the European Union within the frame of the transversal programme ICT (EU-Reference: 505596-LLP-1-2009-1-DE-KA3-KA3MP)

Online Educa 2010 Impressions

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ONLINE EDUCA Conference report: Careers 2.0 - Supporting educational transitions with web 2.0 and social software

G8way pre-conference at a glance

Steve Wheeler on web 3.0 and the future of learning

Eileen Lübcke: making visible talents and developing competence through video. The project "draufhaber.tv".

Fabio Nascimbeni on the future of e-learning, and web 2.0 in the workplace

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