R&D Projects

 

We strive to advance and empower learning in whatever way possible. We take active part in several R&D projects at National and European level. So far, we have helped advance learning for several domain professionals including healthcare, food sector, teachers, students and immigrants. Here you can find a list of the recent projects we have been involved in. Feel free to contact us for more information about any of the projects.

We welcome new partners, so feel free to drop us a line if you want to join our hands in empowering learning!

Vårdsvenska (2009-2012)

Vårdsvenska offers information and tools for health care personnel who are interested in learning Swedish. Besides language training, we offer you information and tools for employment search, information about Finland and networking. Read more.

Enjoy Language (2011-2013)​

The overall objective of the project is to enable people working in the tourist sector with particular “foreign language learning resistance” to establish their “enjoying language” by increasing their interest and uptake of foreign languages and to increase their participation in the life long learning society. Read more.

The Language Menu

The Language Menu website is currently used by over 23,000 teachers from over 120 countries. The site contains more than 4,000 pictures and 18 tools of which 11 can be used for bilingual worksheets. We have 35 languages in the database and this means you can make worksheets in over 2,300 language combinations.Read more.

Learning through Teaching (LETE) (2012-2014)

The aim of the project is for the partners to provide good practices, experiences, methods and seminars on adult education for implementing European Key competencies for lifelong learning and multicultural learning in their organizations and communities (based on the "Key Competencies for Lifelong Learning — A European Reference Framework" of the European Council of March 2000 in Lisbon). Read more.

Segundas Lenguas (2011-2013)

Segundas Lenguas y Nuevas Tecnologías (SLNT) is an international project in the educational sphere involving partners from Spain, Italy, Romania, Latvia and Finland. The project focuses on second language teaching; its main objective is creating an adaptation of the European Language Portfolio to the environment of second language teaching in formal settings. Read more.

Business Mail (2010-2012)

The project business_mail addresses the needs of marketing/sales personnel of small enterprises (SE) having or wishing to establish business contacts with foreign partners. Staff in charge of business communication in SEs do not usually have adequate skills in terms of practical knowledge of a foreign language or intercultural competence needed to establish and maintain business contacts. Very few of these firms can afford to employ professional import/export staff, in most cases these tasks are taken by personnel not properly trained. Read more.

Nordic Network (2010-2011)

The overall objective of the project is to form a Nordic network consisting of VET organisations, Adult Education organisations, NGOs working with integration and gender equality, Social Welfare Offices and Public Employment Centres for pooling experience and knowledge in order to elaborate a strategy for assistance of immigrant women without prior education into the vocation/professional education system in the participating countries.

Language On The Move (2008-2010)

The main purpose of the project was to reach people who use public transport (PT) to travel to Baltic and Nordic countries to work, to study or for other purposes and help them to realise the importance of learning the language of a destination country and to accept norms of courtesies and behaviour they should follow while in a country. The final product was DVD -survival phrases in a role play in Lithuanian, Swedish, Estonian, Finnish and Danish and a phrasebook disseminated among travel agencies and adult education centres for self-learning. Read more.

Langlete in ESTFIT (2012-2014)

"Language learning and teaching in Estonia, Finland and Italy: how to make use of cultural similarities and differences in classroom and in learning through culture"

The aim of the project is to exchange experience with other Finnish and Italian institutions offering language courses for adults. Through the work in meetings, seminars and lessons and the work in virtual classrooms, the partners will work out new methodologies that will develop the learners’ communication skills and business language. Read more

TECH4ALL (2012-2014)

Investigating teachers' practices in using technology for Adult Language Learning (TECH4ALL) aims at meeting one of the main challenges of adult immigrant population in Europe which is to improve their knowledge and competence in linguistic and digital skills. The aim of the project is to support vulnerable social groups and people at risk, especially migrants whose integration in a new social, economical, educational and cultural environment depends highly on their ability to learn the language of the host country.

ECDI (2012-2014)

“ Everybody can do it”. The goal of this Partnership Project is:
To promote gender equality in the roles played by men and women in public and private life by emphasizing the importance of autonomy, not being dependable because of the traditional gender division of tasks in private everyday life.

To promote social integration and self-esteem by reinforcing learners’ awareness of their own skills and potential to be an active part of society.

The project partners will conduct research on "Women and men–realities of the European present" and the final product will be the booklet "We are equal! Guide of good practices on gender equality". Impact on learners, staff, institutions and local community is expected. Read more.

Fun with flashcards

“Fun with flash cards” was an e-book project which consisted of writing an e-book with ideas on how to use flash cards in the classroom. The aim of the project was to reach as many Swedish speaking schools and kindergartens as possible. The e-book, containing 300+ pages with ideas and examples, was sent in digital form on a CD together with a pack of flash cards to the Swedish schools and kindergartens in Finland. The book and the flash cards were given out free of charge to schools who so wished and also given out at the Educational fair in Helsinki January 2012.

In the end, the project was a very successful one, as the e-book was uploaded on the Internet and today the Swedish and the English version have been downloaded over 100,000 times from different medias like Scribd, Facebook, SlideShare, TeachersPayTeachers and other sites, as the book in both Swedish and English are available for sharing.

Info4Migrants (2013-2015)

The main aim of the ‘Info for Migrants’ project is to meet this European objective of effective integration by transferring the innovative Careers Europe Eisodus migrant information database to vocational education providers and guidance centres across Europe. Read more.

SupEFL​ (2014-2017)

SupEFL - Supplemental Self-Help in English as a Foreign Language for Learners with Specific Learning Differences / Difficulties. This project is directed at learners of English as a Foreign Language (EFL) who are experiencing difficulties with one or more of the four language systems (reading, writing, listening and speaking). Read more.

CV PLUS (2015-2017)

Corporate Volunteering as a Tool for Connecting Business and Education Worlds

Erasmus+ - Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices

CV PLUS project seeks to contribute to improve and make sustainable the connection between the education and business world through Corporate Volunteering initiatives, linked to Corporate Social Responsibility strategies. CV PLUS project will develop:
1. An online platform for open educational resources on Corporate Volunteering (including a database of good practices of CV linking companies and educational centres).
2. A Methodological Guide for companies: handbook for managers, business representatives and organisations with methods and tools to support them in the design of specific programmes and activities of Corporate Volunteering in cooperation with schools, universities and/or professional training organisations.
3. A Methodological Guide for schools: handbook for managers, teachers and trainers from schools, universities and professional training providers to support them in the design of specific programmes and activities of Corporate Volunteering in cooperation with companies.

Project number 2015-1-ES01-KA202-015961

Mobile-tech (2015-2017)

Technological Empowerment for VET trainers. An Open Educational Resource (OER) to train VET trainers in the design and use of m-learning methodologies

Erasmus+ - Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices

M-learning is the addition of learning (in any modality), mobile devices (Mobile, tablets, etc.) and wireless network (Pacheco and Robles, 2006). This learning modality has some unique attributes that can enhance education beyond the ‘anywhere, anytime’ learning (Shuler, 2009). Moreover, it allows individual or collaborative learning, trains problem solving skills, allows access to information in the moment of need, etc. Nevertheless most of VET trainers are not aware about the potential of mobile devices as a tool for learning or do not have the necessary competences/knowledge to use mobile devices for learning. The aim of MOBILE-TECH project is to make mobile learning a reality in VET centers by supporting teachers, trainers, educational staff and youth workers in acquiring or improving the use of mobile learning and related digital competences in an Open Collaborative Learning Platform. To achieve these objectives, we will develop three open resources:
- A Trainers´ guide for mobile resources to be used in the classroom. The guide will include National and European good practices about m-learning;
- A Trainers´ course: How to develop new training resources and teach mobile learning;
- An Open Collaborative Learning Platform for trainers´ learning multimedia resources, including a section to enable interaction among users.

With MOBILE-TECH project we will contribute to the adaptation and empowerment of the VET trainers to the demands and needs of their students by providing them with the necessary competences in mobile learning.

Project number: 2015-1-ES01-KA202-015903

Radar (2014-2016)

Regulating AntiDiscrimination and AntiRacism. The overall aim of project Radar is to provide law enforcement officials and legal professionals with the necessary tools, mainly through open training activities, aimed at facilitating the identification of ‘racial’ motivated hate communication. Read more.

Moving Languages (2016-2018)

Language learning is one of the key priorities of successful integration, and applications for smart phones or tablets e.g. are an effective educational source for those migrant groups, as a large percent of them are digitally literate and are looking for new learning opportunities in their new countries online. The project provides a gamified language-learning solution – available in English, Spanish, Italian, German, Swedish and Finnish and three languages most widely spoken by the immigrants in the partner countries - that shall help refugees/immigrants learn the local language and familiarize themselves with new concepts in their new countries. These applications will also be useful for any other immigrants who have already been living and working in their new home country for some time.

The Moving Languages content of the mobile applications covers the topics that are essential during the first steps of living in the new country and contains 2000-2500 vocabulary items illustrated for easy concept recognition. Free download available from 2017 on at major app stores. Read more.
The project is financed by Erasmus+

Swedish for foreigners in Finland (Svenska för invandrare i Finland-SFI)

This project aims at creating a smartphone application for learning Swedish in Finland. The application will have features like vocabulary study cards and quizzes, grammar exercises phrases/dialogues and audio files for comprehension and pronunciation. The application will have three support languages, English, Russian and Arabic. Themes like healthcare,shopping, food, banking, telephoning, socializing, immigration, directions, traditions will be created with phrases and dialogues. Read more.
The project is financed by the Swedish Cultural Foundation in Finland.

DIALoguE (2016-2018)

A digital tool for integrating into the lessons

DIALoguE project (2016-1-TR01-KA201-034762) intends to develop a new tool that can be used in all subjects at school. In the frames of the project, the tool will be developed for the history lessons only. This project will attract students to the history classes by leveraging technology, provide permanent learning for students, help students to develop an empathetic approach to historical events, facilitates the professional development of teachers, improves students' intercultural communication and peer relationships, and increase students' ability to think creatively. We will design a digital tool and a teaching method that would integrate cinema films and short films shot by students into the history curricula.

Project “DIALoguE” therefore intends to:
- produce of a new tool for education technologies with international cooperation
- generate an innovative approach in the education understanding
- establish permanent learning in lessons
- raise the awareness of teachers in the subject of outstanding methods in history lessons.

Some expected results of using the tool in the lessons:
- using technology in class
- raise teachers’ awareness about using new teaching methods
- provide continuity in teacher career development
- develop positive effects on student approach to history lesson.

Language Voices

As the growing number of migrants in Europe struggle with limited financial resources, this project aims to improve and facilitate their access to second language studies through participation in Language Voices language cafés, which are informal meetings based on volunteering but also systematically organised. The migrants gain access to social, informal environments of the resident country while integrating into a community of learners and tutors, which is often a key success factor in establishing a quality life in a new country. The project will provide: 1) a preparatory training and handbook so that the multilingual Language Voices concept can easily and successfully be replicated throughout the EU or anywhere else in the world; 2) A comprehensive material bank with language learning and cultural material and resources and a possibility for online communication and language exchange; 3) A mobile application to find language exchange events available in the partner countries; 6) A Language Voices association registered in Finland to carry on the activities.

The project objectives are: 1) to mitigate some initial barriers to language studies (regarding opportunity, access and cost); 2) to facilitate the proliferation of easily accessible, informal, low-cost but well-structured language training opportunities and material; 3) to provide all-encompassing multicultural, multilingual environment and meeting places in cooperation with local small businesses.
The project is financed by Erasmus+ 2017-1-FI01-KA204-034714

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