Why LIBE project
It is arguably that the surplus of information available in the knowledge society, on a variety of devices and in multimedia formats, can have per se an immediate positive impact on learning. Other than basic ICT skills, the digital competence, intended primarily as the ability to retrieve information and to assess its suitability to learner’s needs, can make the difference in learning outcomes.
A learner-focused approach devoted to develop, consolidate and secure transversal competences in retrieving and selecting the text to read and/or data to analyze is the strategic element that can foster the passage between school and university, reducing drop-out rates, modifying the style of learning and nurturing an independent study through ICT in a lifelong perspective.
The project aims at designing, developing and try out, in 3 different countries in Europe (Italy, Portugal, Norway), an innovative e-learning management system devoted:
- To develop key information processing skills for ICT (literacy, numeracy and problem solving), with an inquiry-based approach to learning, in low educational achievers aged 16-24 (Comenius, Erasmus, Leonardo da Vinci)
- To produce a high level of personalization in learning, based on:
- automated computer-based assessment (CBA) and computer adaptive testing (CAT),
- an innovative way of delivering learning materials, through automated texts modulation, to reduce reading comprehension difficulties.
The project will provide a learning content management system in 4 languages (English, Italian, Portuguese, Norwegian) devoted to information-centred courses to upper-secondary school, undergraduate students and unemployed young people.
Features of the LIBE courses
The course will offer a full learning experience with the main aim of improving learners’ skills to retrieve effectively specialized information on the internet. In details the learning management system (LMS) will assure:
- an easy and open access to learning resources for critical ICT-related skills development
- a student-centred learning approach fostering independent learning and motivation to learn
- a robust, accessible, up-to-date technology with technical support
- a flexible delivery e-learning solution cost-free for end-users and stakeholders
- a complete integration between course-subjects and the way to deliver these to the students, enhancing learning in a lifelong perspective.
Expected changes deriving from project outcomes are:
- attract social groups that do not traditionally engage in formal training, such as the 80 million low-skilled in Europe
- contribute significantly to reaching the Five EU benchmarks for 2020:
- reducing the percentage of young low achievers in Europe below the 15%
- increasing the percentage of young adults participating in lifelong learning initiatives.
- supporting informal, self-learning as the most important mechanism for obtaining skills and competences for young and adult people
- helping the most disadvantaged groups with ICT tools to reach the right levels of skills needed for employability, personal development, and civic participation
- reducing gender gap in reading comprehension skills across Europe for the age considered.