A new Erasmus+ project recently launched which takes the OurTown concept and transfers it to a Youth work context.
Youth work is presented with major challenges in a world where face to face meetings can no longer be taken for granted. Still, young people need to continue to learn skills such as digital competencies, employability, how to engage in public life, and to become well rounded participants in society.
With this in mind, the objectives of the Mobile Learning Communities project are;
1) to train young people in dynamic digital content creation through blended learning techniques.
2) to empower young people to use that content for social good.
3) to train youth workers in embedding the Mobile Learning Communities system in their local context
4) to provide themed place-based learning opportunities for young people and
5) to provide a suite of learning analytics to the youth workers based on the young people’s activities within the community.
These objectives will be met through a training programme and an innovative system of quick response (QR) codes building on the work of OurTown but adding learning analytics for youth workers. There is also a greater focus on digital content creation, particularly where that content can be a force for good in the community.