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Name: CIT4VET – Open Online Catalogue of Intercultural Tools for Vocational Education and Training

Intercultural competencies (IC) are essential to be effective in today's culturally diverse reality. The importance of IC has been recognised by the European Commission and is being acknowledged by more and more educational entities. Nonetheless, the extent to which intercultural competence development is included in education varies from country to country. Many countries still haven’t included intercultural education in key education pathways. The situation is even worse when it comes to the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector and VET trainers in particular.

As a result, there are many VET trainers who are experts in their field, but when it comes to knowledge or experience in delivering their lessons to students from different backgrounds, they have to fill this gap by looking for the right tools on their own. Considering that vocational training can be an effective means of integration for people who have migrated to Europe following the migratory flows imposed by globalisation, helping the trainers in their further development also promotes social inclusion.

 

To improve and increase the ability of VET Trainers to provide intercultural training to learners from other countries in Bulgaria, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands and Poland by the end of 2020. The project will achieve this through offering easy access to tools in the area of intercultural learning and providing training materials, including instructions on how to apply theory to intercultural training.

In particular, the specific objective is to design and implement an innovative Open Online Catalogue of Intercultural Tools which will be an online application available as an Open Education Resource.
  - Database of intercultural tools – collection of tools developed within previous various initiatives and projects as Open Education Resources and that relate to intercultural education.
  - Training materials about culture. Materials in the form of e-learning, with exercises and tests allowing for self-assessment of IC.
  - Guide on how to develop simulations for intercultural training.

 

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Number: N°:2018-1-DE02-KA202-005051
Programme: Erasmus+, KA2, Cooperation for Innovation and Exchange of Good Practices, Strategic Partnerships for vocational education and training
Period: 01.10.2018 – 30.09.2020
Partners:
assist GmbH – Germany
The Institute of Technology Tralee - Ireland
DANMAR COMPUTERS – Poland
Centrum Kształcenia Edukator Sp. z o.o. - Poland
Intercultural Business Improvement Ltd. – Netherlands
RUNI Center – Bulgaria
Diciannove - Italy
Website: https://cit4vet.erasmus.site/

 

Cit4VET logoAfter months of hard, but fruitful work, the #CIT4VET project partnership is almost at the finish line!
The project intellectual outputs are developed, translated in national languages and ready to be tested by the main target group they are intended to help – VET trainers and VET representatives.
Here is a brief overview of each CIT4VET product:

Cit4VET logoAn integral part of the Open Online Catalogue of Intercultural Tools are the training materials about culture - e-learning materials, with exercises and tests allowing for self-assessment of intercultural competences.

The online training modules aim to help VET trainers to enhance their own cultural understanding as well as that of their students. The modules will help VET trainers to better understand their own and their student’s cultural background(s) by providing basic intercultural information, up-to-date intercultural models, tried-and-tested exercises and valid and reliable questionnaires allowing for self-assessment of own value orientations and intercultural competences.

The training material is divided into five modules which give an introduction to relevant intercultural topics.

Cit4VET logoAn integral part of the Open Online Catalogue of Intercultural Tools are the training materials about culture - e-learning materials, with exercises and tests allowing for self-assessment of intercultural competences.

The online training modules aim to help VET trainers to enhance their own cultural understanding as well as that of their students. The modules will help VET trainers to better understand their own and their student’s cultural background(s) by providing basic intercultural information, up-to-date intercultural models, tried-and-tested exercises and valid and reliable questionnaires allowing for self-assessment of own value orientations and intercultural competences.

The training material is divided into five modules which give an introduction to relevant intercultural topics.

Cit4VET logoThe huge importance of the intercultural awareness and competences is recognized by the EU, the European institutions and all the member-countries. However, there are still many VET trainers who are great experts in their particular field, but when it comes to knowledge or experience in working with students from various backgrounds, nationalities and cultures, they need to fill that gap by searching the right methods and tools on their own.
The project #CIT4VET aims to improve the situation by providing a database with instruments for improving the intercultural competences with VET trainers, institutions and learners.

Cit4VET logoDuring the first months of #CIT4VET project lifetime all partners performed desk and Internet based research in order to fulfil the first step towards the creation of the Database of intercultural tools. The partnership collected more than 100 resources (methodologies, OERs, evaluation methods; self-learning materials, etc) in the sphere of intercultural learning and improvement of intercultural competences in VET sector. The resources are grouped in a table/grid according to previously established criteria and sectors – description of the tool; sector of appliance; mode of learning and interaction, culture focus; target group; level of difficulty; available language versions, etc.

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