facilities for knowledge sharing have become part of our professional activities.
Their success depends, above all, on how actively they involve the community
in question. This newsletter highlights a few examples of platforms related
to VET and HRD at European and international levels.
latest global knowledge sharing platform, launched by UNESCO-UNEVOC, is
This is an online portal for the exchange of information on technical and
vocational education and training (TVET). It is the place to find general
information (a glossary) on TVET, examples of good practices and lessons
learned, and collaboration on TVET projects. Included in the platform is
a TVET blog.
anticipated community of authors consists of all those who are interested
in education for the world of work (practitioners, researchers or policy-makers).
A core group for this community has in fact already emerged - the UNESCO-UNEVOC
supported by a mailing list. This has been a lively and productive discussion
forum for several years, addressing a wide range of issues, with contributions
from all over the world (two of the most recent topics of detailed exchange
being 'strategic management system of TVET institutions' and 'strategies
for promoting entrepreneurship in schools'.
the European level, interactive knowledge sharing related to VET and HRD,
utilising discussion forums or blogging facilities, has not as yet become
popular. Initiatives of this kind seem to have been more successful within
specific experimental environments. An interesting example in this respect
is the platform navreme (http://www.navreme.net/)
- a knowledge development network concerned with issues of intercultural
relations, transcultural cooperation, transboundary migration, information
technology, interactive education, and virtual cooperation across Europe
and beyond. Supported by various online facilities, members of the network
carry out their activities via nodes in Vienna, Prague, Skopje, Ankara,
Giurgiu and, most recently, also via a virtual university in the environment
of SecondLife. The navreme newslog keeps website users up-to-date about
predominant function of other European online platforms, in support of
project and network activities, has been to share resources, linked with
the dissemination of news.
of you will be familiar with the network websites run by the European Research
Network in Vocational Education and Training (VETNET - http://www.vet-research.net/)
and the University Forum for Human Resource Development (UFHRD -
A major resource provided by each of these is a systematic collection of
papers submitted to the respective annual conferences.
active collaborative platform is VETCULTURE (http://www.peda.net/veraja/uta/vetculture),
the former EMVET portal, just reproduced with a new layout. This is the
virtual home for the VET & CULTURE network, which is engaged in practising
cross-cultural, independent and critical research, debate and academic
teaching about relations between education, work and politics. Network
activities can be followed up on several sub-portals, one for instance
experimenting with the academic apprenticship in various contexts of collaborative
projects and ongoing MA & PhD research.
latest news on the VETCULTURE portal is the announcement of the16th network
conference "Inclusion and Exclusion in a Globalised World", due to take
place in the University of Zurich 26-29 August 2009. The first day is dedicated
to the supervision of students. The draft programme and information are
available online (http://www.peda.net/veraja/uta/vetculture/conferencesandevents/zurich09).
Abstracts with title and affiliation should be sent by 30 April and inquiries
directed to email@example.com
online platforms are included in the WIFO pages below:
and networks: http://www.b.shuttle.de/wifo/educ/r-ass.htm
in support of learning: http://www.b.shuttle.de/wifo/educ/r-ser.htm
may miss, on the above pages, the link to the familiar European Training
Village. This platform seems to no longer exist; former sections are now
incorporated in the CEDEFOP website (http://www.cedefop.europa.eu/).
A continuing service from the former ETV is the Newsletter, which keeps
you up to date with European vocational training news, including calls
for proposals and tenders from Cedefop and the EU institutions, e-documents,
new websites and forthcoming European and international events (http://www.cedefop.europa.eu/etv/News/newsletter.asp).
are welcome to submit further information about online platforms and other
forms of knowledge sharing in the area of learning and work.