On 25 January 2023 we had the unique opportunity to present our project and especially the created teacher matching platform to members of the DG EAC in an online conference.
Present were Michael Kvas (bit management GmbH), Maria Pichlbauer (Directorate of Education Styria), Ulrike Storost (DG EAC), Lucia Contreras-Garcia (DG EAC), Markus Rester (Head of Sector – Online Education Platforms at EC) and Gerhard Doppler (Future Balloons, unipessoal, lda).
The Commission shows great interest in including the idea of our platform as a feature for the new European School Education Platform (ESEP) and is very likely to implement it soon. At the meeting, technical details were exchanged and further dialogue with Gerhard Doppler was requested.
In order to support schools even more strongly in their internationalisation activities, the BMBWF and the OeAD have set themselves the goal of further expanding the existing support structures within the framework of a joint initiative. The main focus is on stays abroad (by pupils, but also by teachers), which are financially supported by the Erasmus+ programme.
In order to implement this initiative, the OeAD has commissioned the educational research institutions 3s (www.3s.co.at) and ibw (www.ibw.at) to hold talks with representatives from schools and education departments in order to gather practical experience. The main question was which support structures, instruments and measures VET schools already use or still need in order to increase their mobility activities.
In the course of the discussion, which lasted several hours, the concept of Learning Communities, as developed in our project, was also discussed as an important adjusting screw for quality development in European mobility and included in the protocol for further development. The information on our project results will be made available to Ms Tritscher-Archan (ibw) for further use. At a further planned meeting in autumn 2023, the possibilities for implementation will be discussed.