Mid-term EQF-Code project results to be promoted in November 2009

Albeit the partnership is busy working on various project tasks such as the European expert profiles to provide solid localized Reference Document and Training Guide / Handbook for vocational institutes, employers and employees respectively, offering them recommendations on how to transfer and apply instruments of European Qualification Framework and e-Competence Framework to multimedia professions, some work-in-progress project results will be already disseminated and possibly debated on two Hungarian events already in November.

These relatively early dissemination activities will help us gather valuable feedback that could increase the usability and quality of peoject results.

One of these events will be the yearly DAT Conference organized by MATISZ, this time on 10 November, 2009 in Budapest. At this event, the « Visible Hungary » Initiative will be introduced, that covers usability topics of the EQF-Code project, among others. The following roundtable discussion will also come around the VET aspects of the Digital Hungary development possibilities.

The other important dissemination possibility is at the X. eLearning Forum on 11 November, where all the relevant Hungarian educational representatives will participate (including the gremium planning/working on the National Qualification Profile), and a specific section is dedicated to higher- and vocational education topics as well.

European expert profiles for content development professions discussed

The third project meeting of the EQF-Code project consortium, with partners and experts from eight different countries, took place in Vevey, Switzerland, on 9 October 2009.

On this occasion, the partners discussed a first draft of European expert profiles – Web Designer, Web Content Developer, Digital Animator – 2D/3D-Specialists, Web Master and Web Content Manager – and linked them to the European e-Competence Framework (e-CF) and the European Qualifications Framework (EQF).

These expert profiles will be the basis for a set of European recommendations for future trainings in content development professions. The final recommendations will be published by the end of the 18 month project in March 2010, on the occasion of a final workshop.

3rd EQF-Code meeting to take place in Vevey, Switzerland

The 3rd EQF-Code partner meeting will take place on 9 October 2009 in Vevey, Switzerland, and will be hosted by SwissMedia, the Swiss IT- and Multimedia Association, with the support of the State Secretariat for Education and Research (SER).

This meeting will offer the opportunity for the partners of the EQF-Code consortium to review the progress made as well as discuss the next steps to be taken.

The day before the meeting starts, the partners will have the opportunity to visit ITU Telecom World that takes place in Geneva, 5-9 October 2009.

OECD IT report 2008: e-Content as important economic driver

The most recent IT report 2008 of OECD underlines the importance of the e-content sector for Europe’s economy and labour market. « ICT skills are an important contribution to growth […] Over 4% of total employment is in ICT specialist occupations, over 20% in intensive ICT-using occupations.[…] Digital content is a key factor behind the rapid growth of OECD broadband subscribers: from 68 Mio in 2003 to 251 Mio in 2008.And the growing number has spurred the creation of new content… »
Thus, it is important to put efforts into clear definitions of e-content professions and the training and educational environment to allow mobility of workers at equal conditions in Europe. EQF Code will be a small stone in the e-content mosaic, for the benefit of all stakeholders.
Browse the OECD IT report at: OECD browsing page

EQF-Code meeting in Goettingen, 2 March 2009

The EQF Code team will meet again on 2 March 2009 in Göttingen, Germany. The meeting will discuss work progress so far, define tasks to be performed in the near future and will discuss quality criteria for project results. Subsequent to the meeting, EQF Code will be promoted at the « European Seals of e-Excellence » award ceremony at CEBIT, Hanover.