The Adam Smith College of Management has been an active initiator and partner in projects co-financed by the EU’s Lifelong Learning Programme (until 2013) and the new Erasmus+ Programme (since 2014) of the European Union. We mostly engage in projects related to identification and exchange of good practices, development of new training and assessment methodologies, design and pilot testing of instruments supporting training and education – tests, analytical matrices, professional/job profiles. These projects allow us to remain at the forefront of innovations in vocational business training, and to expand and develop our partnership network.
IN PLACE 2017-2020
Erasmus+ 2017: 2017-1-CZ01-KA202-035426
The aim of the project is to share good practices among partners in establishing lasting and mutually beneficial relationships between vocational schools and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The project is focused at fostering cooperation between vocational schools and the labor market in order to enable students to gain practical work experience and to make business use the innovative thinking and entrepreneurial aspirations of the students. The benefits for both parties are to increase the effective use of information and communication technologies in marketing. The project will directly involve 60 students aged 15-19. Students will use the knowledge and skills acquired in the school to create video presentations to promote small and medium-sized enterprises. The role of teachers in the process is significant as they will ensure the pedagogical approach and the benefit to learners. The project aims at long-term sustainability: creating channels for cooperation between teachers, students and SMEs.
Erasmus+ 2017: 2017-1-BE02-KA201-034714
The main focus of the ARTIFEX project is STEM education in an innovative learning environment outside the classroom. The project aims to teach students to solve problems using interdisciplinary tools offered by public centers such as FabLabs and Makerspaces with free access to high-tech production equipment. The teachers and trainers in these centers have a key role to play in this process, which must have the necessary competencies to carry out STEM training effectively. The ultimate result of the ARTIFEX project is an interactive open e-learning platform for teachers, teacher trainers and STEM trainers. It will have access to an online self-assessment tool, structured around the key skills needed in the STEM training process. The platform will also be able to use an online tool for the subsequent professional development of those competencies in which the self-assessment tool has shown weaknesses. The platform will be a place where teachers and trainers will be able to interact with each other and share their experience in STEM training for students in schools and centers such as FabLabs, Makerspaces, Hackspace and others.
ASCM partners in this project are organisations fromBelgium, Spain, Italy, Slovenia, Netherlands and Czech Republic
RED – Reinforce Europeans Digital, Literacy and Numeracy Skills 2017-2020
The main goal of the RED project is to create a modern and innovative platform that offers an individual baseline test to detect low levels of literacy and mathematical skills, educational materials on these topics, materials that represent (digital and video) digital services of social and public (government) organizations and provides a kind of “road map” in which all local-level organizations appropriate to the target group are categorized can be found and contacted. The project target group consists of adults with low literacy and mathematical skills, European citizens remote from society and / or the labor market, as well as organizations working in some way with this target group. The main stakeholders initially involved in the project are government, social services, employers (services). Secondary stakeholders are local authorities, foundations and other organizations.
CoCOS – Co-created Courses through Open Source initiatives 2017-2020
Erasmus+ 2017: 2017-1-BE02-KA203-034744
The main objective of the CoCOS project is improvement of the quality and effectiveness of learning through co-creation of educational materials. Co-creation has become a hot topic in education, especially because of its promising potential to leverage the input of students, fellow educators and experts in the professional field to provide up-to-date course material in a rapidly changing environment. During co-creation, the role of the educator shifts from a role of an authority to the role of a coach, validator and critical investigator.
In the course of the CoCOS project an online co-creation environment will be set up, specially tailored to allow structured, attainable co-creation by a large set of contributors. The educators who participate in the project will carry out the co-creation methodology in their own courses. A learning guide on co-creation guidelines will be created and a community-based co-creation website will be maintained to communicate the goal, results and materials developed during the project. Approximately 700 participants are aimed to be reached (educators, students and educational developers) by giving them free access to the materials developed in the CoCOS project.
MAPLE – Measuring Achievement and Progress of Pupils in Europe 2015-2017
Erasmus+ 2015: 2015-1-UK01-KA201-013582
The MAPLE project adapts and expands at EU level a UK-based model for baseline testing of IT competences in schools for children aged 10-16. By establishing a baseline and monitoring the progress, we help teachers and school managers plan their work and measure the effectiveness of their teaching methods. MAPLE is a tool which allows testing of pupils at any competence level, regardless of how their knowledge and skills were acquired, and records the results in a massive database, allowing various comparisons while preserving individual and school results’ confidentiality.
iFlip – Flipping the classroom in adult education 2015-2018
Erasmus+ 2015: 15-204-012651
The iFlip Project intends to bring the flipped classroom method to the field of adult education. Starting with a detailed study of the training techniques and methods used by adult trainers, and the needs and preferences of adult learners, iFlip will proceed to develop a pilot course for trainers. The final objective of the project is to have 15 trainers participating in the pilot course, who will then share and collaborate with peers and colleagues from their organisations, develop flipped classrom compatible courses for thei respective subject matters, and apply this newly created content to no less that 100 learners.
Erasmus+ 2014: 2014-1-NL01-KA204-001215
The Paraskills project designs and tests a model for international skills competitions for people with disabilities, now known as SkillsPlus.
ASCM partners in this project are organisations from Belgium, Netherlands, Slovenia and Czech Republic.
Diversity Management Extended 2014-2017
Erasmus+ 2014: 2014-1-BE02-KA202-000436
The Diversity Management Extended (DME) project is focused on researching the best practices in diversity management in organisations, and on the design and sharing of tools to help companies improve their diversity management policies and procedures.
INVESTINGREEN Jobs and Skills 2013-2015
Transfer of Innovation 2013: 2013-1-IT1-LEO05-04000
INVESTINGREEN Jobs and Skills project consist of adapting an Italian model for institutional, community and financial support of green entrepreneurship and start-ups.
THESS – Tourism and Hotel Management Educational Soft Skills 2013-2015
Transfer of Innovation 2013: 2013-1-SI1-LEO05-05348
THESS – Tourism and Hotel Management Educational Soft Skills – is a project to design and accredit European qualifications for the business of hotels and restaurants. The qualifications are set up by a team of vocational training experts, accredited in the UK and referenced to the European Qualifications Framework.
SENDI – Special Education Needs and Disability Inclusion 2013-2015
Transfer of Innovation 2013: 2013-1-ES1-LEO05-66586
SENDI – Special Education Needs and Disability Inclusion – is set around the idea of developing and accrediting vocational qualifications for people with disabilities and indirect support for non-subsidised employment.
GEBOL – Getting European Business On-line 2011-2013
Transfer of Innovation 2011: CZ/11/LLP-LdV/TOI/134007
GEBOL – Getting European Business On-line – is a project which targets small and medium businesses and helps them establish their online presence, while providing at the same time real-world practice assignments for students in secondary education (general and vocational).
SAFE – Special needs Accreditation For Europe 2010-2012
Transfer of Innovation 2010: UK/10/LLP-LdV/TOI-309
SAFE – Special needs Accreditation For Europe – is a project centered around adapting an existing competences’ assessment and certification model for students and adults with special educational needs.
INGOTS – International Grades, Open Technologies 2009-2011
Transfer of Innovation: UK/09/LLP-LdV/TOI-250
ASCM partnered in this project with organisations from Turkey, Romania, Italy, Portugal, Germany, Belgium and Netherlands.
Trainframe – A competence-based learning and training (CBL/CBT) framework for practical use within training organisations 2009-2011
Leonardo da Vinci Partnerships 2009: 2009-1-BG1-LEO04-01592
(awarded a Quality mark by the BG National Agency for LLP)
The TrainFrame project is a small partnership project which creates a new competence-based learning and training (CBL/CBT) framework for practical use within training organisations, allowing to monitor the quality of their processes and procedure.
E-Train: E-learning in vocatonal training 2008-2010
Grundtvig Learning Partnerships 2008: 2008-1-DE2-GRU06-00041 2
(awarded a Quality mark by the BG National Agency for LLP)
Accreditation of Prior Learning (CEDEFOP financed workshop in Netherlands for EU vocational school managers)
Training service for operators in the system of lifelong learning and professional training and active labour policies 2007-2009
Leonardo da Vinci Partnerships 2007: LLP-LDV/TOI/2007/IT/403
Leonardo da Vinci Pilot Projects 2003: I/03/B/F/PP-154191
CERTISKILLS – from skill to certification. Creation of models and instrument for the development of shared standards of skill within the integrated system of education-training-employment.