ICT has severely contributed to change our everyday life and has turned letters to e-mail, market shopping to on-line shopping, apps and automatic replies to human technical customer support...
Since March 2021, the SOS Creativity’ strategic partnership – an international consortium represented by eight organisations from six Member States – is collaborating to develop new training resources and methodologies for the empowerment of seniors’ ICT skills and proficiency. So far, the implementation of the project lead to the following results – concrete deliverables of the project that are available for free consultation via the official Open Education Resource Platform: https://www.soscreativity.eu/index.php
The set-up of the very website of the project: digital repository of news, material and training resources delivered by partners throughout implementation. The access to the platform does not require any log-in credential, so as to ease as much as possible the usability of the content within, and project’s digital identity among relevant stakeholders and groups of interest. Each upload is translated into all official languages of the Countries represented by participating organisation, in order to facilitate the browsing experience even of non-proficient ENG speakers.
The SOS Self-Assessment tool: a tailored-made algorithm which calculates the level of IT risks awareness of target group users in the field of online cultural resources available. The IT index will be an instrument that allows adults to assess their awareness in the domain of IT risks related to cultural offers. The SOS Self-Assessment Tool will not be a statistical index, but an operational tool to support the development of targeted-training solutions for adults.
The SOS Cultural Resources Mapping: an international assessment of free cultural resources and creativity tools already available online in each partners’ countries aiming at extrapolating and intercepting those digital skills and competences that late digitals might need to make the most of them and have an in-depth analysis of the phenomenology on the degree of digital gap among ICT-low-skilled adults.
The SOS Training Curricula on basic IT skills for digital tardive: a total of 12 training modules, designed and conceived to trigger’s few essentials learning outcomes as identified per project proposal:
Essentials of cultural and media literacy
Personal Data protection and Online Security
Each of the training module is tailored to provide for easy-to-assess and ready-to-use capacity building material that can help targets in acquiring new knowledge and competences to browse the web safely, effectively and efficiently.
Each of these modules has been delivered in piloting version and the overall curricula reached a cohort of 180 people, representative both of final users and STKHs in general (i.e., professionals operating in the domain of Adult Education).
Results emerging from the validation cycle (i.e., impression of learners and participants) have been collected by all partners after conclusion of the training sessions and shared with the whole consortium for assessment and stock taking of lessons learnt.
These inputs will flow into the SOS Guidelines for Future Use: this document will guarantee transferability as they will be a tool to guide Adult Education teachers and operators who intend to engage in a process of raising awareness and training late digitals on a more conscious use of cultural and creative resources in general and on Internet and social media risks and opportunities as a side effect.
The guidelines will refer to both practical and organizational aspects as well as issues of educational-pedagogical approach and content. These will be of great use to encourage the introduction of SOS Creativity training courses in elderly centres or organizations.
On June 7th 2022, Internet Web Solutions run a face-to-face Test&Validation session in Málaga, testing the module titled “ONLINE SECURITY AND CREATIVITY: WHAT’S UP?” tailored to seniors in order to provide them with practical skills to avoid scams specific to the cultural world (fake tickets, hacking or phishing). A group of active seniors with pens and notebooks, curious to learn on how to recognise fake news on the web actively took part in the session.
After the official greetings from coordinators, each participants introduced her-himself in a brief presentation. The mayor part admitted they had been victim of phishing or scams and that they learned everything they know about internet alone.
This Erasmus+ project will give the opportunity to 8 partners from Spain, France, the Republic of North Macedonia, Belgium, Poland and Italy to develop free and user friendly deliverables to enable seniors to benefit from online cultural and artistic contents, resources and activities in total security being aware of the risks of navigating and downloading such resources.
Great success of this T&V session for Internet Web Solutions and for the SOS CREATIVITY in general as the project is in the core of IO4 in which partners will test courses among at least 180 representatives of SOS Creativity target group, through the testing of educational modules and information materials created in the consortium's reference countries, both online (disseminating and testing online courses) and off-line (through face to face modalities).
About the Project: S.O.S. Creativity presents Erasmus+ project funded by the European Commission. The project is being implemented in 6 countries Spain, France, North Macedonia, Belgium, Poland, Italy by eight partners. The main goal of the project is skills development and inclusion through creativity and arts in order to enable seniors to make use and benefit from online cultural contents and resources provided in the field of creativity and arts.
News: On 13th of May E-Seniors have promoted the project S.O.S. Creativity at the event organized by the associated organization E-Juniors. The event was open to seniors and juniors, the leaflets of the S.O.S. Creativity were disseminated.
On May 5th and 10th 2022 S.O.S. Creativity consortium celebrated the ninth anniversary of World Password Day and Europe’s day.
Current affairs: S.O.S. Creativity consortium moved to the implementation of the Intellectual Output 4 (IO4). The partners are organizing training sessions with the seniors to pilot the developed training materials and validate them for further use. The final target is to reach 180 trained participants. The following upcoming tasks are planned: (1) Deploy, test and validate with 180 target groups, (2) Collect Feedback and fine-tune final version, (3) Preparation of the pedagogical guidelines.