COVID-19 crisis has brought a new reality to education provision and especially VET education. Many education providers, including VET, turned to elearning to ensure the continuity of education for their learners. But what about quality in elearning? It is evident that in such a short time, applying quality in elearning for VET education was hard to encompass.
Transforming education and facilitating its transition to the digital era, has been a priority in the EU for the past years, even before COVID-19. The Digital education Action Plan (2018)
identified 3 priorities and set out measures to help member states and education institutions address the challenges of digital transformation and provision of distance learning. In
October 2020, the new Digital Education action plan was announced, which acts as a call to action for stronger cooperation at EU level to learn from the COVID-19 crisis and make education and training systems for the digital age.
The BEQUEL project aims at assisting VET providers in their progress towards effective deployment of elearning VET programmes and ensuring quality assurance practices, based on the Digital Education Action Plan, the DigiCompOrg framework, the ENQA considerations and other quality assurance in digital education initiatives.
The project will include actions that contribute to building elearning education readiness and to mitigating the impact of the crisis on VET education.
The general objective of the project is to develop quality assurance in elearning provision and practices of VET educators, in the involved countries, through promotion of selfevaluation, quality benchmarking and networking between VET providers.
The specific objectives of the project are:
1. To examine the existing approaches for quality in digital elearning and pedagogies in VET education at European level.
2. To develop a quality assurance framework and self-assessment questionnaires for quality assurance in elearning provision for VET organisations.
The project is coordinated by the University of Kosice (SK) and will run for two years, starting in May 2021.
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