"A year ago I read in the IFHE Newsletter about the pilot of the course "Business skills explorer". I subscribed because participating was a chance to reflect on doing business from a home-situation. I am self-employed and I am interested in issues related to working at home, especially from a family farming perspective. The E-learning way was new to me and I could do this at home in the Netherlands in my own time. On 5th October 2015 I had the chance to present my experiences at the closing event of the M-HOUSE Project in Brussels as a Testimonial to a European audience."
Submitted by: Jeanne von POPPEL, IFHE Member, Pilot Learner of Business Skills Explorer – From Home to Business
"Mobile Learning to unleash Households Business Potential"
"Business Skills Explorer - from Home to Business"
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The M-House Training Course will be available in September 2015. The free Toolkit includes the Zip File of the course, storyboards of the modules and Tutor Guidelines.
It runs on a moodle platform and is available in five languages: German, Polish, Rumanian, Italian and English.
Please contact the IFHE Office under firstname.lastname@example.org to get the free Online Course Toolkit.
Presentation of the Training Course: "Business Skill Explorer - From Home to Business"
At the Final Public Event titled "Enhancing SMEs competitiveness in the EU", kindly hosted by the Representation of the State of Hessen to the EU in Brussels, the mission, aim and results of the M-HOUSE Project were presented to more than 100 participants.
Training Course "Business Skills Explorers: From Home to Business"
The IFHE Office offered a free webinar related to the mobile learning course "Business Skills Explorers". During the webinar participants gained a deeper look in the free course materials, course conduction and course installation.
The training helped participants to understand which key entrepreneurial (soft) skills household members possess, while managing their household. Participants had to deal with different situations in which they must turn daily household scenarios with entrepreneurial learning potential into learning exercises.
The training could be conducted partly or as a whole in formal and informal learning, schools and universities. Course materials were developed during the EU funded Project M-HOUSE.
They are absolutely for free and available at the IFHE Office.
The M-HOUSE Project includes eight European partners and aims to raise the awareness of household members about their business potential.
The outcome of the project is the e-learning course, Business Skills Explorer - from home to business, with the following eight modules:
|Business Skills Explorers -||frome home to business|
|Plan It! Do It!||Move & Take off!|
|In search of value...||Problem solved!|
|Make your dream come true||Your guest is your customer|
|Balance the budget||Brand Yourself!|
The course highlighted the competences gained in household management, which are also important for starting up or running a business.
More information about the project can be found at www.m-house.eu
The modules of the course were developed based on key-learning situations in households and were improved through the findings of the first pilot run.
Now the improved modules have been tested again. The final version of the course had been be available since October/November 2015.
Because the project is funded by the European Union, mainly pilot learners from the Region of Europe will get the opportunity to take part in the second pilot run of the free online course.
The IFHE was involved in a Grundtvig Project in the year 2014 and 2015. The IFHE was one of eight partners developing an online course to raise awareness of households on their entrepreneurial skills and enhance opportunities in income generation for adults.
The Grundtvig programme, funded by the European Union, focused on the teaching and study needs of learners taking adult education and "alternative" education courses, as well as the organisations delivering these services. It aimed to help develop the adult education sector, as well as enable more people to undertake learning experiences. Launched in 2000, Grundtvig aimed to provide adults with more ways to improve their knowledge and skills, facilitate their personal development and boost their employment prospects.
Main challenge the M-HOUSE project faces was the lack of households' awareness to have some skills developed in the management of a house that are coherent and could be useful for a management of an enterprise. Today new and complex competences are necessary for managing a house and a family, competences that are close to business skills; however household, for structural and social reasons, are still not aware of this potential. The course tested in the project aims at raising this awareness, turning situations household daily faces into learning scenarios connected with soft entrepreneurial skills. To motivate individuals to become entrepreneurs, the awareness of the concept of "entrepreneurship" and entrepreneurial career recognized as rewarding and attractive option equipping people with the right skills to turn ambitions into successful ventures should be increased.
M-HOUSE had develop a non-formal course that could be accessible from computer, portables and smart-phones and had seen the use of diverse on-line tools and mobile applications and devices in order to improve digital competences.
In the project IFHE was responsible for the dissemination of project aims, project progress and results. In addition the IFHE had cooperated with the other partners to develop the modules.
For more information and an update of the project status please have a look at www.m-house.eu
Press Release regarding the M-HOUSE Kick-Off Meeting 2014
On 15th of April 2015, the European Commission will had the pleasure to launch officially EPALE, the Electronic Platform for Adult Learning in Europe.
EPALE, funded under the Erasmus+ programme, aims to become the main reference point for adult learning professionals in Europe. It offers a place to meet and discuss important adult learning topics, as well as to exchange ideas and materials to support professional practice. This type of community platform is the first of its kind for the sector of adult learning.
EPALE is a multilingual open membership community for teachers, trainers, researchers, academics, policy makers and anyone else with a professional role in adult learning across Europe.
Community is at the heart of EPALE. It is set up around the sharing of content related to adult learning, including news, blog posts, resources, and events and courses.
EPALE is funded by the European Commission, as the latest development in an ongoing commitment to improving the quality of adult learning provision in Europe.
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