eLeadership Trainer Accelerator

Who we are

The strategic partnership aims to create eLeadership Trainer Accelerator to upskill educators to improve their ability to exploit innovative teaching methods and design eleadership curricula based on digital learning materials and tools, including Open Educational Resources (OER), collaborative online learning and the e-Competence Framework (e-CF). eLead Speed will apply the eleadership concept itself to speed up the spread of innovative educational practices on eleadership in the era of the eleaders – the digital era. The project builds on the results of several EU initiatives and projects such as Le@d3.0 Academy knowledge alliance and the family of EU initiatives on eleadership skills.

eLeadership is the accomplishment of a goal that relies on technology through the direction of human resources and use of ICT. It is leadership distinguished by the type of goal that needs to be accomplished and by the resources a leader must coordinate and align. Both the goal and the resources involve using ICT. Thus eleaders are top-level decision makers who possess strategic leadership skills as well as both business and ICT savviness.

The consortium is composed of three Bulgarian institutions, being respectively a HEI (NBU), an Excellence Centre for ICT industry competitiveness (ESI CEE) and the National Coalition for Digital Jobs in Bulgaria (DNA), plus two HEIs from Croatia (Algebra) and Germany (MUAS), a Business school (ISTUD) and an SME specialised in digital learning (Gruppo Pragma) from Italy. As such, the partners represent both the Higher Education (NBU, MUAS and Algebra) and the tertiary Vocational Education and Training (ESI CEE, ISTUD and Gruppo Pragma) sectors. This ensures synergies between the different fields of education and training (HE and VET) and complements expertise with the goal of upskilling educators, so they can better help learners to acquire eleadership skills.

This project provides a set of highly usable outputs. A series of 12 short eleadership courses (IO5) will be developed by the educators based on the eLeadership Observatory data (IO1) and the eLeadership Competence Framework (IO2) and facilitated by the Community of Practice (IO3) and the Trainers’ Toolkit: How to Design, Deliver and Evaluate eLeadership Curricula (IO4). The trainers will work collaboratively online to design the courses making use of OER and e-tivities. The courses will be stored and rendered available inside the OER repository (IO3) for free use by all trainers who are registered to the Community.

The selected methodology covers the entire cycle from industry requirements through occupational profiles to innovative educational content that provides relevant skills and competences and this way creates new opportunities for the industry but also creates new industry requirements for new training and courses. It follows the principles of incremental development and continuous improvement. The selected transdisciplinary, holistic approach aims to guarantee transferability and scalability of the results and to secure high levels of sustainability.

eLead Speed Objectives

The project aims to achieve its main objective of upskilling educators to improve their ability to exploit innovative teaching methods and design eleadership curricula based on digital learning materials and tools, including OER, collaborative online learning and the e-CF.

This objective will be reached through a four-step approach (operational objectives):

1. Based on the e-CF, identifying required skills per relevant occupations and developing guidelines for e-leadership curriculum design (IO1 & IO2)
2. Raising the capacity of educators to design online training for eleadership skills development and empowering them as educational e-leaders (IO4 & IO5)
3. Developing, testing and implementing innovative teaching practices and e-leadership related content based on digital learning materials and tools, including OER and collaborative online learning (IO3 & IO5)
4. Enhancing international networking and cooperation and contributing to the EU long-term agenda on leadership skills for a high-tech economy and the agenda for modernisation of HE (IO3 & four MEs)

eLead Speed Target Groups

The primary target group is educators from both Higher Education and tertiary VET institutions teaching those technology and business-related disciplines particularly included in eleadership programmes (i.e. Strategic Management, Project Management, Digital Transformation, Technology & Innovation, etc.).

The secondary target groups are:

HEIs and tertiary VET providers of eleadership programmes
Learners willing to acquire eleadership skills
Associations of educational institutions
Businesses, their HR managers and in-company trainers
Professional associations