UPPScience Project: 2016-2019. ValIda is partner in the UPPScience project and it is responsible for the validation process of the learning curve of organisations involved in the project and the players in education taking part in the Community of Practice that is the central activity of the project. It is also a member on the Editorial and Quality Board of the project.
UPPScience is an Erasmus+ KA2 Strategic Partnership for VET. The partnership is made up of 21 universities, schools, education authorities and other organisations from 11 countries under the leadership of the Norges Teknik-Naturvitenskapelige Universitet of Norway.
The project falls squarely within EU strategies for fostering research, better quality education and a stronger European Research Area. It will build on a Community of Practice (CoP) for managers, teachers and trainers of STEM and IT subjects in Vocational Education and Training (VET) that has been successfully initiated in a previous Erasmus+ KA2 Strategic Partnership for VET called VISConti.
UPPScience will create a CoP with a larger active membership building on what was started in VISConti, including students in undergraduate HE. It will increase cross border cooperation around the use of professional profiling, research and publishing as a strategy for upping the quality of, and bringing a more scientific approach to VET. It will support participants in the augmented CoP with four training activities in which they will receive training in research methodologies, innovation and creativity. Every partner organisation will appoint an Ambassador of Change to promote the benefits of UPPScience and to catalyse the adoption of UPPScience methodology as a quality and internationalisation strategy within their own institutions.
The project will help players in education and industry overcome their inhibitions and to engage in research and publishing, through small but high quality initiatives in this area, within a safe but rigorous environment. During the project lifetime, the members of the CoP will produce a minimum of 150 research projects and publications that will all be subject to peer review by at least two other members of the CoP. This will be supported by a web-based virtual work space, enabling the building and functioning of an active community without borders.
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