Project: Promoting Webinar-Based Youth Non-Formal Education in Southeast Europe
Distance learning presents tremendous opportunities for education providers and learners alike. These opportunities exist at all levels of education and across fields. They are equally available in formal and non-formal education. Recently, opportunities in distance learning have further expanded with the development of new technologies for online education, which allow “live” classes with direct, visual and verbal communication between the lecturer and the students, as well as among the students themselves.
In addition, these technologies allow for an uninterrupted document presentation (for example a ppt presentation)and sharing (individual and group student exercises; tests, quizzes, etc.), simultaneously with lecture delivery. This allows the online classroom to come as close to the real classroom, as virtually possible.
Importantly, many of these technologies are increasingly available for free or for a modest cost.
Expected Project Results
4 webinar curricula for non-formal education on young people
- 4 webinar curricula for non-formal education on young people
- regional portal on e-learning
- a series of free webinars
The curricula will be developed in four broad thematic areas of particular relevance to non-formal education work with youth, including employment/employability, civic engagement and empowerment, intercultural education, and social entrepreneurship. The specific webinar themes will be developed collaboratively by the partners and based on assessment of themes and issues which are of particular interest to young people. Each curricula will consist of a series of short (40-60 minute) classes, which will combine lectures and discussions. To the extent possible (to be assessed) some curricula could be combined with in-between sessions individual assignments (homework). The intention however will be not to overburden participants with assignments given the generally low interest in education among young people.
Regional portal on e-learning
The e-guide to organizing webinars and webinar methodology will provide hands-on help to education providers who want to organize e-learning processes. The guide will provide useful information on the available technology, platforms for e-learning, key challenges, as well as provide a step-by-step guidance to organizing a webinar. In addition, the guide will discuss particular issues related to e-learning methodology, such as difference between a physical and an online classroom, presentation tools, presentation length, style interaction, practical work, etc.
Regional Portal on E-Learning
The regional portal on e-learning will aim to serve as a central resource for education providers and learners who are interested in webinars and online courses. The portal has already been developed under the ProWebSee project. It will be further upgraded under this project.
The project partners will organize at least 36 webinars during the project. Each partner will be required to organize at least 12 webinars (6 per year). The webinars will be an educational vehicle which will deliver the developed curricula to young learners across the region. In addition, the webinars will be a dissemination tool and they will promote the benefits of webinar-based teaching. Each partner will be responsible for broadly promoting its webinars, participant selection and registration, selection of presenters and discussants, and delivery of the webinar. The objectives of the webinars will be consistent and some of the core material will be common but the partners will have the autonomy to produce their own webinar. They could decide on selection of discussants, specific focus of their presentations, etc. The primary target of the webinars will be young learners from the partner countries and the SEE region.