On May 9-11 2023, the BadgeTour international training event was held in Oulu, Finland. This international event was an opportunity for teacher and trainers involved to gain valuable knowledge on micro-credentialing in VET. The goal was to provide participants with both theoretical and practical training on the BadgeTour results (Guidelines, Toolkit and Training path), allowing them to have an overview on the digital badge creation process and its practical implementations. As in many other fields, the tourism sector can benefits from micro-credentials and open badges in providing recognition for acquiring a new skill and allowing employers to easily see and verify competences.
The Badgetour international training event was organized by Oulu University of Applied Sciences (OAMK) and each partner invited two VET trainers to test the project results and particularly the e-learning course (Moodle). On the first day, participants explored on the BadgeTour Training Platform Module 1 – Understand digital badges and Module 2 – Set the digital badge purposes, while the second day revolved around Module 3- Outline a digital badge strategy and Module 4 – Design a badge ecosystem. Each partner presented his/her own module starting with a prior knowledge self-assessment about the module topics.
The last training day focused on Module 5 – From programmatic to systemic change whose main objective was guiding the participants in the creation of a digital badge following step by step instructions and using a collaborative online environment. After completing the training sessions, the participants gave feedback to improve the training material. This will help partners to increase the quality of the project results.
Overall, the Badgetour international training event was an excellent opportunity to learn about micro-credentials for the tourism sector and how to adopt strategies for implementing an open badge-based learning offer within VET organizations. The next step will be adapting the training course in the partners national languages (Finnish, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and Turkish) and start the second pilot phase at national level. Don’t forget to follow our Facebook page and join our Linkedin group or more updates!