Within this project, we are developing an e-learning language course with the topic “Start Your Own Business” in English, Bulgarian, German, Greek, Italian, Spanish, Polish and Turkish on B1-B2 levels. The aim is to extend and develop educators’ competences in the effective teaching of literacy, digital and entrepreneurial skills to vulnerable groups of adult learners, by making use of effective new tools and technologies.
Open IT up: Boosting Adult Educator Competences to Upskill Pathways of Adult Learners
Funding programme: Erasmus+ KA2
Project number: 2017-1-ES01-KA204-038085
Thematic area: Integration
Project period: 2017-2020
Project website: http://www.openitup.eu/
DomSpain CONSULTING SL, Spain
SSW Collegium Balticum, Poland
edEUcation ltd, UK
Les Cultures, Italy
Usak University, Turkey
NIKANOR LTD, Bulgaria
IDEC – AINTEK SYMVOULOI EPICHEIRISEON EFARMOGES YPSILIS TECHNOLOGIAS EKPAIDEFSI ANONYMI ETAIREIA, Greece
The project is complementary to the Erasmus+ project “Open the Door to Europe”- www.opendoortoeurope.eu , finalised in 2016, strengthening furthermore language competences (moving on to BI-B2 levels) and the entrepreneurial skills and aiming to equip adult learners with the skills that are needed to turn their business ideas into successful start-ups.
“OpenITup” is an opportunity for both educators and adult learners to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to be self-employed, a very challenging goal that seems almost impossible without basic skills, such as literacy and – in the world of global digitalization – digital skills as well as basic knowledge of entrepreneurship concepts.
The main products and intellectual outputs developed under this project, available for all on the open platform www.openitup.eu are:
- an e-course “Start Your Own Business” in English, Bulgarian, German, Greek, Italian, Spanish, Polish and Turkish. Available for adult learners and educators.
- a Tool-KIT for educators with an ICT (innovation – communication-technology) approach, including ICT skills upgrading materials and teaching resources in the field of entrepreneurship.
- webinars for educators with teaching and learning tools, mostly ICT and digital tools.
- videos about start-ups in Europe, which provide practical and illustrative relevant information about how the ideas of the different businesses were born; problems faced and how they were dealt with; lessons learnt, etc.
“OpenITup” is coordinated by DomSpain and developed transnationally, together with partners from Bulgaria (Nikanor), Germany (Wisamar), Greece (IDEC), Italy (Les Cultures), Poland (Collegium Balticum), Turkey (Usak University) and the United Kingdom (edEUcation) in order to create enriching synergies of approaches, methods and tools used by adult educators around Europe and reflect them on the projects’ open educational platform.