Every year, INTED – International Technology, Learning and Development Conference has had over 700 participants from more than 80 different countries. INTED2021 was held virtually on the 8th and 9th of March 2021. Authors were able to share their abstracts, papers and virtual presentations (slides, videos and posters) and open them for discussion. Additionally, INTED participants had access to different on-line activities, keynote speeches, webinars and workshops that were delivered through Zoom platform. Also, different text-based chat channels were available to allow authors and attendees discuss their presentations and materials.
Dr Antonia Liguori, Loughborough University, on behalf of the CERTIFY team, gave a presentation on ‘Digital Storytelling as a tool to self-assess and enhance soft skills: analysing the CERTIFY Project as case study‘. Her contribution will be included in the IATED Digital Library to form part of a database of innovative projects in Education and Technology. This publication will be submitted for evaluation for its inclusion in Web of Science (Conference Proceedings Citation Index) as it has been annually done since 2010.
Despite the current restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, 16 trainees from the 6 European partners’ countries, 12 months after the first Learning mobility in the UK at the end of 2019, on Wednesday 16th December 2020 had the opportunity to kick-off online their second training activity.
The training event was led by Dr Antonia Liguori from the Storytelling Academy at Loughborough University and focused on various elements of the Digital Storytelling process with the aim to co-produce part of the contents for the CERTIFY Handbook.
In particular, participants have explored the following questions:
Why is Digital Storytelling good for employment?
How to develop prompts to run a DS workshop on a specific skill (such as creativity, collaboration, flexibility, self-management)?
How to give specific feedback on stories for each individual skill?
At the end of this first intense and very positive online session, it was agreed that trainees will work in sub-groups to focus on one specific skill and run online digital storytelling workshops for the production of stories that will be shared to the whole group on the 11th of February.
The groups are organised as specified below:
Austria and Greece will work on Flexibility;
the two teams from Italy (Istituto Luigi Sturzo and Siena Art Institute) will work on collaboration;
Belgium and Lithuania on self-management;
the two teams from the UK (Loughborough and DeMontfort University) on creativity.
We hope to have the opportunity to complete the training in person in Rome from the 19th to the 23rd of April.
Loughborough University PhD student and CERTIFY trainee Sophia Kier-Byfield is organising the first two Digital Storytelling workshops in UK as part of the EU project CERTIFY.
The two workshops are open to young adults and adults who would like to learn how to make a digital story that could be used as additional evidence when they apply for a job in the cultural and creative sector.
During the first online workshop in this three-session, (16th-18th Nov) participants will be focusing on the skills ofcreativity and collaboration. Using the Digital Storytelling method, they will be invited to create a story that shows their experience with and understanding of these skills through a personal story.
Digital Stories are 2-4 minutes long and convey personal narratives about powerful moments through a combination of words and images. By taking part in the method and creating a digital story, participants will have an opportunity to reflect on their skills from a fresh perspective, learn something new through the process, and be part of a group of supportive and inquisitive storytellers.
The digital stories created during the workshop will be featured on the project’s website and will contribute to research about if and how the digital storytelling method can be used to amplify the skills needed to work in the cultural sector.
Despite the current travel restrictions due to the impact of COVID-19, the CERTIFY project team decided not to postpone the meeting in Belgium and to hold it online.
There were, in fact, many issues that the team had to discuss as a group and for a longer time than the usual monthly online catch-up meetings.
Very good progress was made on all the Intellectual Outputs currently in development, and in particular on the Research Report, now ready for translations in its short version.
Lucia Colonna, a researcher from Luigi Sturzo Institute, presented the Output in its final draft and shared very interesting results extracted from the surveys, the interviews and the 6 national contexts.
The virtual environment had some positives too: in fact, the team had the pleasure to work again with Dr Lyndsey Bakewell (in the group photo with baby Wren), from De Montfort University, during one of her “keep in touch” days while still on maternity leave.
In the past few weeks, the CERTIFY project team have been re-scheduling a variety of activities due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our way of working and living.
The second project team meeting was supposed to be hosted by the Luigi Sturzo Institute in Rome, during the second week of May, in conjunction with the second international training mobility involving a group of 16 adult learners. The partners agreed to postpone both the meeting and the training event in Rome to the Autumn, and decided to replace the face-to-face team meeting with an online meeting virtually ‘hosted’ by the partner from Belgium ATiT.
During the two-day online meeting, all partners were actively involved in fruitful discussions to plan how to proceed in the development of the planned intellectual outputs, starting from the completion of the Research Report on the state of art of the recruiting system in the cultural and creative sectors in the six partner countries, that will include also a comparison of the skills acquired through the completion of the formal education systems with those required by the cultural and creative labour market in each country.
Two sub-groups were formed to coordinate the production of the following outputs:
– ATiT, supported by Loughborough University, De Montfort University and VsI “Lyderystes ir verslo akademija”, will take the lead on the development of a mobile application to create Digital ‘curricular’ stories and of the e-learning platform;
– Loughborough University, supported by Siena Art Institute and SPES GMBH, will work together to create an agile Handbook for the creation of Digital ‘curricular’ stories.
Luigi Sturzo Institute, supported by Research Paths, will keep working together to finalise the Research Report that will be published by the end of June.
During the meeting the team was delighted to welcome the youngest member of our CERTIFY European family, the one-month-old beautiful Wren. Congratulations to our wonderful colleague Lyndsey Bakewell and her partner David Smith!
Within the CERTIFY project we are undertaking a survey in order to:
Map the state of art of the recruiting system in the cultural and creative sectors in six partner countries, including Italy, United Kingdom, Greece, Austria, Lithuania and Belgium.
Compare the skills acquired through the completion of the formal education systems with those required by the cultural and creative labour market in each country.
The project will utilise this data to develop a range of tools and training programmes designed to aid the recognition of transversal skills and key competences, considering how to better use them in the job-seeking process.
The survey has been translated in all partners’ languages and is now open.
20 participants from 7 European Countries will be involved in the first training mobility of the CERTIFY Project from Monday the 16th of December to Friday the 20th.
Dr Antonia Liguori (Lecturer in Applied Storytelling at Loughborough University and PI on the project) and Dr Lyndsey Bakewell (Lecturer in Drama and Co-I from De Montfort University) will facilitate a 5-day Digital Storytelling training workshop aimed at sharing this creative practice with two adult learners from each country involved in the project.
The CERTIFY project seeks to help individuals wanting to work in the Cultural and Creative sectors, considered to be a sector for investment by the European Commission, by developing and testing a new methodology based on digital tools for people to identify and recognise their transversal skills, as identified in the 2020 strategy.
All participants will be involved in another training activity in May so to be able to then deliver themselves Digital Storytelling workshops in their own country.
The digital stories produced will be included in a collection of open educational resources and new intellectual outputs for adult education.