Boosting Digital Skills and Competencies in Forest Education

The objective of FOREE is to develop a Train-the-Trainer course (ToT) and MOOC on blended learning models to transform European forestry education from purely classroom-based courses into a flexible hybrid education system through the complementary use of digital learning concepts, tools and platforms and their broad application in adult forestry training courses.

The motivation for FOREE derives from the need 

  • to overcome the reservations of forestry teaching staff towards digital teaching through knowledge exchange and innovative approaches for conceptualization and implementation of e-learning formats.
  • to improve further the skills and acceptance of combining digital learning formats and content with on-site teaching.

Our target groups

Target Groups are clearly defined

  • Teachers, trainers, teacher educators, developer of courses and learning formats, learning content creators and other education staff in the context of further forest education
  • Principals, managing directors, head of training departments, and similar high-level person in forest education facilities policy and decision makers related to the forest education sector

The scope of the target groups ranges from local, regional, national to European level.

Benefits for trainers and educators

  • Improve their own knowledge base on e-didactics, blended learning models, digital tools and platforms,
  • Develop a joint approach for blended learning overcoming their lack of e-didactic skills, missing knowledge on supporting technology and digital content creation, 
  • Prepare the basis for a future-oriented, flexible and attractive multi-modal learning environment that will boost the attractiveness of jobs in forestry education for a younger generation, 
  • Exchange skills and experiences related to digital teaching between education centers and across borders, 
  • Exploit the interactivity and rapid loops of learning, tracking, feedback and course optimization provided by use of technology.

Our priorities

1.

Contributing to innovation in vocational education and training, by

 

  1. increasing the awareness for blended learning formats among the forestry community.
  2. intensifying the already begun implementation of “e-learning” as part of the forest educations center’s offer to professionals and practitioners.

2.

Addressing digital transformation through development of digital resources, resilience and capacity, by

 

  1. introducing the creation of usable digital content as a natural process accompanying field trainings and demonstrations.
  2. boosting the blended teaching expertise of the project partners and the fragmented European forest education landscape to foster the digital transformation of the forest education sector and to stimulate the uptake of necessary skills and competencies on regional, national, and European level.

3.

Improving the competences of teachers, trainers, educators and other adult education staff, by

 

  1. creating an active Europe-wide network of forestry education experts to share knowledge on innovative digital teaching approaches and tools.
  2. improving the quality and interactivity of the created e-learning formats.

Project data

 

Co-financed by ERASMUS+

Project number: 2022-1-AT01-KA220-VET-000089296
Project start: 1.12.2022
Project end: 31.5.2025
Budget: EUR 400.000

 

Project coordinator: Holzcluster Steiermark GmbH, AT

Consortium: 5 organisations from 4 countries
HOLZCLUSTER STEIERMARK GMBH, AT
Luua Metsanduskool, EE
LANDESKAMMER FÜR LAND UND FORTWIRTSCHAFT IN STEIERMARK, AT
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PADOVA, IT
LANDESBETRIEB WALD UND HOLZ NORDRHEIN – WESTFALEN, DE