OpenPROF multiplier event in Lithuania
On April 1st, 2016, LieDM association is organizing the second OpenPROF project multiplier event "Open courses for professional development" for education institutions in Lithuania. The event aims at presenting the open innovative curriculum prepared for Lithuanian VET, CVET, adult learners, and work based learners. The interested teachers are also invited to participate in course "Personalized learning at workplace" (in Lithuanian) piloting in April, 2016. The suggested course includes open educational resources and is planned to be openly available at openprof.eu in English and Lithuanian from May, 2016.
Teachers, trainers, adult educators, school principles, VET school directors and HE representatives gathered in the southern part of Lithuania (Druskininkai) to lear about OpenPROF project and the results. Estela Daukšienė presented the project idea and main outputs.
First discussion was raised from Laimutė Ratkevičienė, the Deputy Director of Visaginas Technology and Business VET Centre highlighted the need to introduce OpenPROF training material for all VET and Seconday school teachers, as well as adult educators. The need arises from the latest regulation issued by the Ministry of Education and Sciences regarding the organization of education online in VET, adult and secondary schools. Project representatives and LieDM association noted the need to translate the training material into the Lithuanian language.
Then the course developed for work - based learning was presented by the author of the course, prof. Margarita Teresevičienė. The participants were informed about the course and piloting time table and synchronous and asynchronous communication during the learning.
Egidijus Jaras and Vida Žvinienė presented the issues of OER: the issue of openness, the issue of the use of ICT tools, the process of the use of OER in curriculum designing for innovative work - based learning. Danute Pranckutė continues with the tools used within virtual learning environments to monitor work - based learning progress. Speakers and participants discussed various institutional cases and questions raised.
The seminar raised much more questions and interest among the participants and the project representatives took note of them and promised to continue with the training and awareness raising campaigns in the country in the future.