Listening to highschool pupils' and university students' and teachers' needs
The aim of the Focus Group activities is to find out what kind of approaches and tools could be used in secondary education (SE) and higher education (HE) to ensure their value for lifelong learning transitions. 3 working groups tackle 3 different areas contributing to learning to learn competences: (A) social networks, (B) digital media, serious games and virtual words and (C) ePortfolios and blogs.
The first Focus Group meeting took place in Finland on the 29th of February, the second local eLene2learn Focus Group meeting took place in Milan, Italy, on the 14th of March and had 13 participants (see picture above). The German team is planning to do their Focus Group meeting online. The first Focus Group meetings in Poland are planned for the last week of March and first week of April. The University of Dundee in Scotland is hosting 7 focus groups. In Spain, the four Focus groups will take place during all April using the Hangout tool of Google +. France already planned his focus groups for the month of April.
It's not a meeting, it's not a conference, it's not brainstorming.
"A focus group is a form of qualitative research in which a group of people are asked about their perceptions, opinions, beliefs, and attitudes towards a product, service, concept, advertisement, idea, or packaging. Questions are asked in an interactive group setting where participants are free to talk with other group members." (from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)
But here, for the eLene2learn project, we're doing something slightly different: we're of course not talking about packaging, but about education. So the aim of our focus group is to allow teachers and students to discuss about the difficult transition moment from high school to university, and how ICT can potentially help in this process.
You cannot image how interesting and funny can be to let university students meet with those from the hi school and discuss about their fears and needs. Or to see university teachers discuss with their colleagues at school.