FLEXIBLE TAILORED PATHWAYS
The Erasmus+ project „Flexible Tailored Learning Pathway for Everyone“ (FlexLearn) is the partnership of 4 European VET institutions, whose objective is to contribute by sharing the best practices in the educational field, to improve the skills of the teachers, trainers and the key persons in Inclusive and Tailored Learning process. As a result of this cooperation, they create a web-based Competence Collection of educational approaches and methods and increase the capacity of operating at a transnational level.
Period: 2020 - 2023
Partners: Estonia, Ireland, Finland, The Netherlands
Aim: To improve the flexibility, accessibility and inclusion in education through tailored pathways, to promote the quality of VET through increasing the skills of the people who are responsible for putting it into practice – educators, education specialists, key-persons in Educational leadership.
Necessity: The Project is called into life by Haapsalu Vocational Education and Training Centre. Due to the statistics, about 22% of the students drop out of VET schools in Estonia every year. There are a lot of students whom it is difficult to access and maintain in studies in mainstream ways, especially the risk groups (SEN-students, low-skilled adults and students, who are living in the countryside and are difficult to reach). To find out the ways to make learning more flexible and reachable for these groups, the project concentrates on topics, which are relevant in all of the participating countries. Due to the pre-project communication between the partners, we have found out the strengths of each country, which has been the general base for working out the topics for LTTA meetings. Together created web-based Competence Collection will be a necessary working tool for Educators’ in Inclusive and Tailored Learning process. International experiences that the participants gain from the meetings would extend and develop their educators' competences and improve the quality and accessibility of Education in every participating country.
Main activities are focused on a certain topic due to the strengths and experiences of the partner organization:
Finland - Tailored Learning Pathways for different students.
Ireland - RPL - Recognition of Prior Learning and work experiences according to curricula and learning outcomes
Netherlands - Learning Methods focused on developing student`s self-management, study and activity skills (project training, simulation, group work)
Estonia - Digital approaches and Flexible Long-distance Learning Solutions (e-learning, development of digital competences, digital environments, and digital security).
During every activity:
The host partner introduces the Educational system and the learning process at their organization and generally in their country. The host institution gives an overview of the focus topic and the approaches implemented in their school and country. Each partner presents the activities and approaches of their school according to the topic. Additional activities according to the choice of the hosting partner, to expand the background of the topic - involving experts, visits to local organizations, practical workshops/teamwork activities to share the best practices in use. As a result of the activities, the best approaches according to the topic are worked out and added to the web-based Competence Collection.
The main impact of this project will occur in the rise of the quality of teaching and educational management in every participating country. As a result, the participating organizations and the participants have more knowledge and skills in the Inclusive and Tailored Learning process and implementation of necessary approaches, they are experts in every relevant topic the project activities covered. As an additional value, they have created a widely available web-based Competence Collection, which is a freeware tool and will be shared with other VET institutions.