SkillDisplay – Show what you can do! Erasmus Project

General information for the SkillDisplay – Show what you can do! Erasmus Project

SkillDisplay – Show what you can do! Erasmus Project
July 7, 2020 12:00 am

Project Title

SkillDisplay – Show what you can do!

Project Key Action

This project related with these key action: Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices

Project Action Type

This project related with this action type : Strategic Partnerships for school education

Project Call Year

This project’s Call Year is 2017

Project Topics

This project is related with these Project Topics: New innovative curricula/educational methods/development of training courses; Recognition, transparency, certification; ICT – new technologies – digital competences

Project Summary

The SkillDisplay project was conceived from the notion that teaching much too often finds itself founded on outdated learning materials, with limited or unclear connections to real world challenges, and undercut by simplified and hardly comparable feedback mechanisms like simple numeric marks. Too often the questions “What do I need that for?”, “What is it based on?”, “Which competences do I have?” and “Where can I go from here?” are only answered to an unsatisfying degree.

The Premise and Methodology
Knowledge is broken down into more easy to grasp nuggets, called Skills. A Skill represents a particular competence that is grasped within a few minutes, so a learner can asses how hard it will be and how long it will take to learn that Skill. Skills may have prerequisites, other Skills that should be learned before, which creates a tree of connected Skills delving deeper and deeper into a field of competence. For example, before I can learn the Skill how to run I should already know how to walk. And maybe later I can learn how to run and jump hurdles.
In this way SkillDisplay provides a structured way to visualize knowledge, creates suggestions and goals for the learning process, and defines clear competences that are picked up. Each Skill provides a description, learning goals, and suggestions for teaching materials.
Skills can be verified by different parties, creating a competence-based feedback and verification system that provides learners with exact information on what they have learned, under which circumstances, and how that is verified. This allows for tracking of learning progress, educational verification, detailed skill management in business environments and efficient certification preparation. All on a comparable level based on standardized skills.

The SkillDisplay Erasmus+ Project
SkillDisplay aimed at becoming the main online platform to obtain and legitimize ICT skills which are likewise recognized by employers, educators and industry representatives. To achieve this, the platform created during this project consists of an online space, where all stakeholders mentioned above can discover tools and features which help them reach their certification goals. Industry experts defined skills for their field of expertise, depicting real world industry certificates. Schools teaching those competences implemented the platform in their classes, benefiting from ready to use skill definitions and structures.

The partnership was assembled to reflect the needs, and therefor input, of those four stakeholder types:
Verein Business Angels (BA), located in Vienna, Austria, is a non-profit organization founded by teachers and developers to promote teaching efforts in the ICT sector. BA provided the underlying concept for SkillDisplay, derived from practical and educational experience, and served as coordinator of the Erasmus+ project. BA was also involved in UI design and worked closely with the technical developer in that department.
HTL Wien 3 Rennweg in Vienna, Austria, and Liceul Tehnologic Grigore Moisil in Braila, Romania, both schools for higher technical education, entered the partnership with the goal to integrate SkillDisplay in into their curricular work to support teaching staff with lesson preparation and provide integrated competence based teaching. Involving teachers and students provided most important insight into the respective needs of those two stakeholders.
Reelworx GmbH from Linz, Austria, served as technical developer of the SkillDisplay platform and is an experienced contributor to the TYPO3 CMS.
TYPO3 GmbH from Dusseldorf, Germany, provided the initial content for the platform, developing Skills for their three leading industry certificates for Editors, Integrators and Developers of the TYPO3 CMS. TYPO3 provided the experts that defined (and refined) the necessary skills for each certificate, and was heavily involved in the project dissemination to its already existing and well developed community.
Synthesis Center for Research and Education from Nicosia, Cyprus, provided background research on current needs in the for stakeholder types, and conducted cyclic feedback rounds among the user base as basis for the 3-year development.

As a result SkillDisplay hosts a variety of much sought-after ICT skills, which can be grouped into learning modules that have been developed with leading industry representatives, freely accessible for learners. For employers and educators, SkillDisplay simplifies the creation of learning material to be used by students or employees. The platform now serves as the primary tool for certification generation for TYPO3 and will be rolled out to 300 companies all over Europe in a partnership program. SkillDisplay has also supported a development project in Africa and Latin America, to promote ICT skills for education and administration efforts.

EU Grant (Eur)

Funding of the project from EU: 223417,75 Eur

Project Coordinator

Business Angels – Verein zur Förderung von Projekten in der Berufsausbildung & Country: AT

Project Partners

  • Höhere technische Bundeslehranstalt Wien 3 Rennweg
  • TYPO3 GmbH
  • Reelworx GmbH
  • Liceul Tehnologic Grigore Moisil Braila