Enhancing Employability Skills through a Curriculum based on Cooperative Learning and Creativity

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Presentation given on 3rd May 2019 at ERACON 2019, Paphos, Cyprus.
The presentation covered the transfer of ERASMU+ projects' results and other partnership activities into a concrete product package which will provide a complete curriculum incorporating the cooperative design/creativity methodology, indicative training content, guidance to teachers and hard/soft specifications for the training premises.

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14. http://www.cocreate2learn.eu 03/05/2019 ERACON 2019 14

13. 03/05/2019 ERACON 2019 13 The product

7. Stages of Co - Creativity Methodology 03/05/2019 ERACON 2019 7

8. Code - Red Workshops 03/05/2019 ERACON 2019 8

10. Co - design and creativity methodology to be applied to Robotics Curriculum 03/05/2019 ERACON 2019 10

9. Examples of game design results • Location - based games using the ARIS platform . “Dora’s Box” “Eve’s World” http://codered - project.eu/public/?p=866 03/05/2019 ERACON 2019 9

4. Co - operative Learning benefits 1. Improve social interactions 2. Inter - personal skills in learning, life, and employment opportunities 3. Builds trust 4. Promotes open communication 5. Increases enjoyment and motivation. 03/05/2019 ERACON 2019 4

11. Co - design and creativity methodology integrate Soft Employability Skills Soft Employability Skills Curriculum Unit 1 Personal Development Unit 2 Personal Hygiene Unit 3 Basic Skills Unit 4 Work Preparation and Sustainability Unit 5 Keeping your Job Unit 6 Starting Work 03/05/2019 ERACON 2019 11

6. Use - case application 1. Code RED project ( http://www.codered - project.eu ), 2015, applied the methodology for the benefit of young adults, in risk of disengaged from education 2. Observed that children involved in the process experimented a growing sense of self - esteem and an expanded capability to reach a new and complex goal 3. They mostly appreciated the chance offered to work in a group oriented to a common objective, with adults supporting but not forcing or judging them 03/05/2019 ERACON 2019 6

5. 1. Initially, the teacher carefully designs meaningful tasks that require active participation of each student in the group towards a common end 2. The teacher becomes the ‘task setter’ 3. The teacher acts as a facilitator moving from group to group to monitor the learning process, while ongoing feedback and assessment can take place ✓ Studies have found that students who provide and receive intricate explanations and recap of learning gain most from collaborative learning Co - operative Learning 03/05/2019 ERACON 2019 5

3. Cooperative Learning and Creativity Co - operative Learning is: “The educational use of small groups so that students can work together by supporting and encouraging each other to accomplish the same target.” The co - operative learning activity offers a stronger structure than is found in traditional group work because it encourages teachers to ensure that: 1. All students are engaged as co - designers and share responsibility 2. Team members work in close proximity 3. The students contribution to the activity and their understanding of it’s contents are reflected on 4. Teachers observe this process and act as facilitators 03/05/2019 ERACON 2019 3

12. B2ECLoC project objectives 1. Increasing the hard and soft employability skills of children • Hard skills - key skills in approaching the labor market - on specific subject areas (ICT, digital games, machine programming, service robots, etc.) • Soft skills team - trust building and working, experimentalism, organization of time and work, behavior, problem solving, etc. 2. Implementing courses based on an innovative learning methodology and achieving higher self - motivation and engagement of children 3. Offering validation and accreditation of learning outcomes by applying for becoming an accredited education package by education authorities (CY and abroad) 03/05/2019 ERACON 2019 12

2. • High Youth unemployment rates in EU - 28 (Eurostat Feb 2018) o Greece – 39,5%, Spain – 32,4%, Cyprus – 20,20% The Challenge 7.4 18.5 14.1 20.2 39.5 32.4 Cyprus Greece Spain 0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40 45 Unemployment Rates Unemployment Youth Un 2

1. Enhancing Employability Skills through a Curriculum based on Cooperative Learning and Creativity George M. Milis {george.milis@eurocyinnovations.com} EUROCY Innovations Ltd “The B 2 ECLoC project is co - funded by the Cyprus Research Promotion Foundation / Programme RESTART 2016 – 2020 / I . SMART GROWTH / RESEARCH IN ENTERPRISES under Grant Agreement ENTERPRISES/ 0916 / 0040 www.cocreate2learn.eu

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