O3 ECO-Center scheme for improving the accessibility of learning opportunities for adults

This intellectual output is developed under the supervision of MD, TTD and QMD. It foresees establishment and functioning of a scheme for organization and operation of education process in clean environment based on improved accessibility. The clean environment topic is chosen as specific domen for education activities since during the last decade it is vastly explored both economically and socially.

The proposed scheme includes 3-dimensional structure with key elements as follows:

1. Training panel comprising:

  • establishment of learning outcomes based training courses in clean environment with specific content and structured elements knowledge, skills and competence; assembly of training paths designed to fit the variety of education requirements of the project target groups with implemented qualification evaluation and assessment instruments EUROPASS, EQF and EVCET.

2. Carrier paths panel including:

  • Competence catalogues in clean environment: a set of competences description for adult training providers in the project field.
  • Knowledge & skills passport: a set of exemplary documents to form trainee personal professional portfolio.
  • References of successful environmental projects: examples of successfully granted or already implemented research/educational/business projects focused on environmental issues.

3. Clean environment data base: a meta-base of web-sources in the project field structured in categories to fit the main topics tackled in the developed training courses and Up-to-date instructions, guidance and legal framework information about e-education & training of adults.

The Training and Carrier paths panels are logically unified in ECO-Center Competence-based training model. The realization of the model encompasses 5 stages, as follows:

  • Needs analysis;
  • Model design;
  • Model development;
  • Model implementation;
  • Model assessment.

The model itself is structured on hierarchic principle – a pyramid comprising several progressive layers to reach adoption of certain competency through custom e-learning.

  • In the basis of the pyramid are the Soft Skills, among which are Personal issues, Advocacy. Communication skills, Computing skills, (Self)Management skills, Organisational skills, Prioritization ability, Professional governance, Use of media, Collaborative working.
  • The next layer encompasses the Targets Specific Skills in accordance with ECO-center classes of target groups: Teachers/trainers in adult education; Adult learning providers; Career officers, counselors, inspectors, head teachers / principals; Education managers, other management staff in adult training institutions, non-teaching administrative staff.
  • Than Professional Areas Specific Competences/Green Abilities are listed, developed for the selected 12 professions at EQF levels 5, 6 and 7.
  • At the top layer are placed the Training Paths, designed in a way that a professional can gain specific competences/green abilities within a defined professional area/EQF level.

The education model ECO-center offers can be used as resource for the academics, the business and the jobseekers to enhance workforce development. To achieve its mission the model is arranged in two perspectives – academic and work place.

  • The academic model isdesigned to comply with the demands of formal academic education in terms of curriculum evaluation, planning and development. 
  • The work place model is designed to respond to industry needs, workforce program planning, human resource services in business, and career exploration and guidance.