Continuing vocational education and training (CVET), especially its work-related forms, are important in the current European economic and social context. Trends towards an ageing society, longer working lives, greater generational diversity and increasing globalised competition make it necessary for workers at all levels to regularly update and enhance their skills through CVET. Work-based learning (WBL) is an effective means of supporting CVET. CVET in the workplace has the potential to promote inclusion and social cohesion, tackle unemployment and underemployment, and support company and country policies and strategies for innovation, competitiveness and growth. Interactive infographics are a new type of learning environment that are attractive and engaging for learners and can be used in formal and non-formal settings.

In recent years, VET tutors have experimented with new ways to introduce the World Wide Web as a resource pedagogical tool. These experiences, based on the different pedagogical perspectives, have led to teaching methods of which Digital Breakouts and WebQuests are core examples. These methods have found favour due to their flexibility in defining different pedagogical strategies and their adaptability to different subjects, as well as the way they maximise the use of digital tools and environments available today. They are approaches of constructivist theories that focus on the development of transversal competences. The authenticity of the activities developed is also an important factor to consider in this methodology. This intends that the findings are meaningful to the trainees, which is an essential part of WBL.

Digital Breakouts and WebQuests provide learners with a variety of hands-on WBL experiences. Presenting these elements together in media-rich, highly interactive infographic learning environments is an important addition to the portfolio of resources available to forward-thinking, progressive VET teachers.

The aims of this project are to:

  • Promote the acquisition of key transversal competences through the use of alternative pedagogical resources in WBL environments
  • Support the acquisition of key transversal competences through CVET in WBL settings
  • Support educators to develop their own interactive infographics with challenging learning resources to incorporate Digital Breakouts and WebQuests in an interdisciplinary way
  • Promote a cross-curricular approach to subjects and consequently collaboration between educators