The STRIDE project: Development of Digitisation Strategies for Schools (Erasmus Plus)

This description is based on a discussion between the author and Kristina Kühn (ITB). The author is responsible for the written content.

The STRIDE project has been initiated by the Italian partners that are responsible for the coordination. In the project consortium the German and the Spanish partners have been given the role of expert partners (responsible for the conceptual work, studies and documentation) without application partners from their countries. As a contrast, the Irish, Italian, Polish and Turkish partners are the application partners that seek to develop strategies for digitisation with the help of the studies and the workshops on the project. The Irish school was initially a private one but has now become part of public educational system, it covers vocational and adult education. The Italian partner is a vocational school and a provider of project management training. The Polish partner is a school for general education in a specific local context. The Turkish school provides a wide range of general and vocational programs.

The project started its studies with a questionnaire that resulted in the state-of-the-art reports from the four countries with application partners. This was followed by examination of current policies. Base on these preparatory steps the project is developing a modular framework in which 5 modules are dedicated for ICT- and media-related issues, whilst the other modules focus on strategy development.

The first Joint Staff Training Event has tested the modular framework both from the perspective of comparing the countries and regarding the mutual relations. Here, a specific challenge was, to what extent the issues are ones for school directors and/ or for teachers. Also, the testing brought forward the country-specific possibilities to work with such a framework. Some participants could raise several options arising from their strategy work, whilst others were struggling with equipment- and acceptance-related problems.

In the next phase the project will work more closely to shape the strategies for the four schools and to incorporate them into the modular framework. This work will then be continued to shape a Forum (repository) of Open Educational Resources.

Concerning the possibility to use Learning Toolbox, this depends on the progress and interest of individual partners. Probably the LTB could help them to illustrate the framework for real use cases.

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