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3 M-CARE: What is M-CARE and the need for such training - How we met EQF and implemented ECVET principles

On 1 December 2015, the final M-CARE conference was organised in Brussels, Belgium at VLEVA premises. The event “Caring for people with disabilities and older people: challenges, opportunities and (mobile/online) training solutions” focussed on the importance of good quality personal caregiving (PCG) for people with disabilities and older people. Focus was on caring in a broader perspective, and how M-CARE’s (mobile/online) training solutions can contribute to successful PCGs.

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This project (M-Care - 539913-LLP-1-2013-1-TR-LEONARDO-LMP) has been funded with support from the European Commission. This communication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

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3 M-CARE: What is M-CARE and the need for such training - How we met EQF and implemented ECVET principles

  1. 1. Mobile Training for Home and Health Caregiver For People with Disabilities and Older People 539913-LLP-1-2013-1-TR-LEONARDO-LMP What is M-CARE and the need for such training - How we met EQF and implemented ECVET principles Karel Van Isacker – Phoenix KM BVBA Andrean Lazarov – Interprojects Ltd.
  2. 2. 539913-LLP-1-2013-1-TR-LEONARDO-LMP Why M-CARE? • European people with disabilities depend heavily on personal care givers (PCGs). • Ensuring a daily quality of life is still quantitatively and qualitatively a huge problem.
  3. 3. 539913-LLP-1-2013-1-TR-LEONARDO-LMP Why M-CARE? • Lack of existing proper training courses • The impact of this will be pan-European (VET, ICT driven), and immediately measurable in increased PCG employment.
  4. 4. 539913-LLP-1-2013-1-TR-LEONARDO-LMP What is M-CARE? • M-CARE provides the training framework covering all types of disabilities and content for low skilled people to become employed personal caregivers.
  5. 5. 539913-LLP-1-2013-1-TR-LEONARDO-LMP PCG’ s innovative training course • Online desktop and mobile learning – • Mobile app facilitating everyday tasks of the PCG – Google play “M- CARE”
  6. 6. 539913-LLP-1-2013-1-TR-LEONARDO-LMP Direct twofold effect: • low skilled people will gain skills needed to undertake the PCG job • while the beneficiaries (PwD) will benefit from improved PCG service provision. • requires a strict assessment to ensure that the candidates are competent and can meet the requirements of a PCG job (online pre- and post self-assessment)
  7. 7. implementing inductive approach (started with the specifics) = Curriculum model (Taba H.(1962) model): • Identify the needs of staff (what are current gaps in the staff knowledge) • Develop objectives • Choose content that matches the objectives • Organise content considering the learners experiences and background • Select instructional method that promotes trainees engagement • Organise learning activities • Checking for the balance and sequence Our approach:
  8. 8. Our approach: The M-CARE curriculum is designed on the basis of the following principles: • Challenge and enjoyment • Breadth (broad scope) • Progression • Depth • Coherence • Personalisation and choice • Relevance
  9. 9. To benefit from M-CARE course the following is expected: • Regular attendance and participation (blended learning approach) • Satisfactory performance on assessments through dedicated pre-, post- and self-assessment tools covering all training modules • Following curriculum approach • Achievement of learning outcomes
  10. 10. 539913-LLP-1-2013-1-TR-LEONARDO-LMP • EQF levels 2 (Bulgaria, Greece) – level 3 (Belgium) • Very detailed and complete description which Knowledge, Skills and Competences • Participant may achieve the above – when following the M-Care-course modules – passing the M-Care-assessment process – embedded M-Care-quizzes
  11. 11. 539913-LLP-1-2013-1-TR-LEONARDO-LMP ECVET - European Credit System for Vocational Education and Training • a technical framework for the transfer, recognition and, where appropriate, accumulation of individuals’ learning outcomes with a view to achieving a qualification • description of qualifications in terms of units of learning outcomes with associated points, a transfer and accumulation process and complementary documents
  12. 12. Modules and Units Definition “Unit” • Unit of learning outcomes means a component of a qualification, consisting of a coherent set of knowledge, skills and competence, which can be assessed and validated. Definition “Module” • Modules are a coherent bundle of learning-units bound together under a common subject matter. They allow the learners to choose when and in which order they will pass a certain subject and to follow the needs in their job, so they don’t have to follow their course straight-line but more flexibly.
  13. 13. Unit of learning outcomes means a component of a qualification, consisting of a coherent set of knowledge, skills and competences, that can be assessed and validated Unit of the learning outcomes Knowledge Skills Competences 13 What is a unit of the learning outcomes?
  14. 14. Learning outcomes Influence standards Occupational Educational Establish descriptors of qualification frameworks Describe qualifications Design curricula Design assessment Guidance Validation Flexible learning pathways CV Various purposes
  15. 15. 539913-LLP-1-2013-1-TR-LEONARDO-LMP Google play – “M-CARE”
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  17. 17. 539913-LLP-1-2013-1-TR-LEONARDO-LMP The end: Thank you for your attention!