Looking back: The OSA Symposium 2023 at the HdBA Mannheim "Online Self-Assessments for Study Orientation: Quo vadis?"
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The Chamber of Skilled Crafts Frankfurt-Rhein-Main represents more than 32,000 entrepreneurs and 153,000 craftsmen from the Frankfurt-Rhein-Main metropolitan region. As a public corporation, it provides a wide range of services for its members: services in the area of training and continuing education, in the representation of interests, and in consulting, for example, on the digital transformation.
In order to support the use of digital technologies and digital teaching media and learning formats in inter-company vocational training and continuing education, the Chamber of Skilled Crafts Frankfurt-Rhein-Main (HWK) has launched the "Future Workshop" project. The project is scientifically accompanied and evaluated by ALPHA-TEST since the beginning of 2020. For this purpose, ALPHA-TEST conducts surveys, interviews and observations in the course offerings at regular intervals.
A close exchange between science and the trainers was and is explicitly desired by the HWK. In addition to interviews and feedback discussions, a comprehensive survey of the instructors was therefore carried out with the help of the online survey tool from ALPHA-TEST - "TestDesigner Light". Questions about possible support services that would facilitate the use of digital elements in the courses were of great importance here.
The results of the survey were presented in mid-December. Together with the HWK, it was decided that the support needs expressed in the survey would be taken seriously and that these would be followed by concrete measures - training courses, best practice examples, etc.
Based on the results of the above-mentioned survey and the other evaluation results generated within two years, a training concept for trainers is now being developed. A series of workshops is planned, which will start in April with the first modules.
Isolated courses for teachers on how to use technology have proven to be less effective. The workshops will therefore impart pedagogical and technological knowledge and incorporate the specialist knowledge of the instructors. Understanding the interplay of the three areas of knowledge is important for teaching effectively with digital technologies.
We are excited about the acceptance of the training courses and plan to offer the training concept to other chambers of skilled crafts together with the HWK Rhein-Main.