Selection of I-LINC webinars
In 2016 und 2017 I-LINC hosted several webinars in order to present new developments in the areas of digital skills and entrepreneurship. Furthermore webinars give the audience the chance to watch and interact wherever people are at the time the webinar runs. Furthermore webinars can be a great full starting point for discussions on the I-LINC platform. Now that the funded period of I-LINC comes nearer to its end, we would like to show you a selection out of the webinars.
The starting point was the webinar: Coding Bootcamps: a Strategy for Youth Employment presented by Maria Garrido (Research Assistant Professor, Technology & Social Change Group, Information School, University of Washington). Coding bootcamps are the newest addition to the marketplace of spaces for learning how to code. Bootcamps gather young aspiring software developers to join intensive three-to-six-month training programs where they learn the foundations of programming. Students earn relevant hands-on experience, experience the whole product development cycle and get engaged in teamwork projects.
A further webinar "Educating Future Entrepreneurs. Challenge-Based Learning in the Classroom", was hosted and facilitated by Anusca Ferrari and Tomislava Recheva from I-LINC partner European Schoolnet. The speakers were Dana T. Redford, PhD, Founder & President of the Portugal Entrepreneurship Education Platform and Prof. Johannes Lindner, Head of the Department of Entrepreneurship & Business Education at the University Teacher College Vienna/Krems; Entrepreneurship & Business Educator at the Schumpeter Commercial College, Austria.Did you ever wonder how a single teacher's or school's initiative for better entrepreneurial skills could be of high quality and sustainability? Prof. Redford introduced an approach of embedding entrepreneurial skills education in existing school curricula. In the second input, Prof. Johannes Lindner elaborated on "challenge based learning in the classroom". He offered two theses: "Developing entrepreneurial competences can be initiated through education!" And: "We should not educate for entrepreneurship, but through entrepreneurship!"
The Webinar: Island Friends: Engaging the Youngest Learners with Entrepreneurship featured a presentation from Lucy Griffiths, co-creator of Island Friends and the Enterprise Eggs, and a question and answer session at the end. The Island Friends stories are a series of adventures featuring Puffin Pal and his friends on Lucky Island. The stories are designed to support character development in young children. They feature the ‘Enterprise Eggs®' a series of seven key characteristics linked to the development of an enterprising mind-set. Lucy and her colleagues from the Island Friends and the Enterprise Eggs believe that being enterprising isn't just relevant to ‘business'; it's a mind-set that can help children develop a sustainable, independent approach to whatever they choose to do.
The Technical University of Dortmund (Social Research Centre, sfs) hosted a Webinar on April 27th to present the EU-funded research project "Codemob" focusing on Coding and the effective use of mobile devices.Moderated and presented by researchers Jennifer Eckhardt and Bastian Pelka, the Webinars target was also to facilitate exchange and communication between the Codemob and the I-LINC participants. Codemob ( www.codemob.eu) is a part of a series of projects dedicated to the development of a modularized training-curriculum for e-facilitators. The two newly developed modules on teaching Coding and digital skills for mobile devices are an addition to the pre-existent 11-modules vocational training curriculum for e-facilitators.
The I-LINC Webinar: "The promotion of sustainable entrepreneurship and the skills for the green economy in young people" was hosted by TU Dortmund.
The areas of Green Skills, Green Economy / Sustainable Entrepreneurship and Entrepreneurial Skills are not always understood in the same way but they are undeniably essential to everyone who will be on the labor market in the future. This webinar discussed the theses provided by the pilot project, JEVE - Youth Program for Green Entrepreneurship and Employability, which was sponsored by EEA Grants in Portugal (see: www.jeve.pt/en), and through the Youth Start Entrepreneurial Challenges policy experimentation project, which is sponsored by the European Commission (see: www.youthstartproject.eu). The speakers were Dana T. Redford, PhD, Founder & President of the Portugal Entrepreneurship Education Platform and Christian Wolf, Entrepreneurship Coordinator & Researcher, Policy Experimentation & Evaluation Platform (PEEP).
The I-LINC-Webinar "Fab Labs and the Maker movement – how can they support entrepreneurial skills?" 25th September was held by Massimo Menichinelli, FabLab Barcelona. In the past decade the Maker term has emerged as the identification of a new kind of work and community: people who design and manufacture artifacts with both digital and physical dimensions in collaborative places and processes. Fab Labs are especially important for their focus on digital fabrication and on how it enables global and local collaboration everywhere. How could Fab Labs and the Maker movement change the economy and the society, especially by changing both work practices and the related educational opportunities for it? Massimo Menichinelli from FabLab Barcelona and fablab.io project manager elabourated how fablabs and the maker movement can support entrepreneurial skills.