Based on the results of IO1, in IO3 the partners have created the essential tools to provide learners with a ready-to-follow Connected Learning Route. During this phase of the project, the framework, the material, the teaching guides, and the validation system will be developed. More specifically, the Digital Learning Pack which will be produced will include:
- The Targeted Digital Competence Framework, with inbuilt benchmarks and indicators to help learners and their mentors (Youth Workers) monitor, assess and validate their progress for the acquisition of the targeted digital skills through the open badges.
- The Teaching Packs for each of the selected set of digital skills, which will be used for the creation of the Connected Learning Routes.
- The Youth Workers/Trainers’ Professional Development Course for the acquisition of digital skills.
To accompany the Teaching Packs, a booklet has been developed for each module.
The assessment and validation of the competences is through the Open Badges.
Open Badges are digital representations of achievements or skills described the framework and outcomes of a learning procedure based on specific criteria. The Open Badges’ system can be used as a virtual CV of skills and qualifications. The practice of development, issue, and use of badges is connected with gamification elements, as badges are seen as incentives towards positive behaviour and are influential pedagogical tools.
Below is a visual representation of the Open Badges for the Connected Learning project!