Introduction

This programme addresses four key thematic areas:

1) Self Awareness and Self Evaluation
2) Study & Research Skills
3) Communication and Collaboration
4) Web 2.0, Social Media and Technology

The programme draws upon electronic resources (Web 2.0) that are currently widely available and are either free or, worst case scenario, have minimal institutional registration fees. In the majority of cases, these resources are available either via PC/Mac or via mobile device (Smart Phone, iPad etc.). If any resource is available only through a single channel, alternatives that perform the same function will be highlighted where possible.

As many of these resources may be new to both teachers and students it is expected that there will be some time allocated to familiarisation and practice with the tools identified. How much time is given will be dependent on the skills of the participants - a matter to be judged by the teacher(s) leading the programme.

This programme is designed to be as flexible as possible to ensure optimum accessibility for all students and teachers. The programme outlined in this document is not concrete; teachers and students, through working collaboratively, are able to concentrate on specific areas that meet their own needs at different stages and many of the programme areas are elective - please use what best suits your students needs.

It is estimated that the course, if taken as a whole and run in a classroom environment, will require 20 hours direct contact time and around a further 20 to 25 hours self-study (in or out of class) and group work (in or out of class). However this is dependent on the level of skill and progression of individual students.

This is, currently, an uncredited programme. As such assessment is at the teacher’s discretion. The programme developers envisage that the primary assessment methods will be peer and self assessment however teachers and institutions are free to make their own decisions on this - the programme also lends itself well to more formal assessment and a credited version of the programme is planned.

A number of caveats to note:
1. The information on publicly available tools used in this programme (online Web 2.0 resources) was correct at the time of going to print. As the programme developers have no control over these resources some may evolve (to paid models) or disappear (as companies change) over time. The project team have picked the tools which appear to be strongest in their fields, which have widest user support and which have been in existence for the longest time however we cannot guarantee that they will still function as described when you implement the programme. We hope, through the accompanying website at http://www.efutureproject.eu, that the user community will share information about these tools - and that they will add their own recommendations for Web 2.0 resources as they develop.

2. Please also note: Where possible we have included information in the “Class and Task Descriptions” that teachers can use directly with their class. We have also, where appropriate, included materials (videos, presentations, notes etc.) that can be used directly - these are available on the website www.efutureproject.eu. However, in many cases the subjects being looked at (“What is Web 2.0?”, “What is Social Media” etc.) are large and constantly developing, thus new views, new expertise and new systems are being added to the sum of knowledge at an exponential rate - again, we would refer you to the user community on www.efutureproject.eu. for up to date information.

3. Whenever it comes to Tasks (activities to be undertaken by students) we have given as complete a set of directions as possible but have left room for teaching staff to apply their own experience and expertise tot he disposition of activities each subject.

4. If you find this programme to be of value with your own community of learners we would encourage you to take some time to feedback. Please visit www.efutureproject.eu. and create an account; you will then be able to access extra resources and join with the community of learners and teachers in the development of this programme.

For those who are interested in the background to the development of this programme; please take a look at the accompanying publication “eFuture ICT Model for Educators” wherein you will find a model for the creation of similar resources.