MW-SONET Mentoring Rural Women through Social Networking. 1st virtual meeting October 12, 2009 Jolande Leinenbach, ed-consult, DK Merete Pedersen, ed-consult, DK. About ed-consult. educational consultancy (since 2001) Activities: education& training, R&D projects, evaluation, consultancy
Mentoring Rural Women through Social Networking
1st virtual meeting
October 12, 2009
Jolande Leinenbach, ed-consult, DK
Merete Pedersen, ed-consult, DK
educational consultancy (since 2001)
Activities: education& training, R&D projects, evaluation, consultancy
eCompetency development for SMEs and people in rural and remote areas
= skills to use ICT tools critically, creatively, effectively for
collaboration, knowledge sharing, learning, and business
What we do
We help creatures to communicate!
The History of Building Bridges in Denmark
The Icelandic Building Bridges concept matured into a successful Leonardo proposal to start in October 2005.
Reluctance with users, stakeholders, etc.
No need for emancipation of women
New map of Denmark
Women in agriculture feel isolated.
They don’t have equal opportunities to men in the sector.
Their social status and status as business people is low.
Chances of finding new opportunities are often difficult in rural areas.
Using lifelong learning as an empowerment tool
to initiate change, innovation, critical thinking processes
Identify Key Women involved in rural and agricultural issues
= women who are visible, andwant more
Involve them as mentors, faciliators, teachers, ...
Use of ICT tools for learning, communication, collaboration,
and networking in connection with local empowerment workshops.
Local workshop where women learn how to learn and
where creative and critical thinking are started using brainstorming, mindmaps, SWOT analyses, critical reflections, ....
An open BB campus for lifelong learning
(based on Moodle - Open Source eLearning platfrom)
100 ambitious and creative women online!
learning, sharing knowledge and best practice, collaborating, supporting each other
Many more women in empowerment workshops, not yet ready or without infrastructure to work online
Example: The Digital Backpack
Creative and communicative ICT skills
DIGITAL BACKPACK aims at empowering the learners to use the tools of the information society, i.e. computers, software, digital equipment, critically, creatively and efficiently to reach their own goals. Instead of simply learning one application program after another, they get a backpack with digital equipment, a camera, a zip stick, get an introduction how to handle this.
Then they set themselves goals. After this they do field work with their cameras, i.e. capture pictures of nature, culture, work, art, people. They return to the learning house or their own computers, learn how to handle some creative and social software and develop their own stories.
Didactical approaches/teaching methods:
A blended e-learning approach will be used, starting with a 4-hour onsite workshop, where the learners get hands-on experiences to handle a camera and get basic knowledge on capturing scenes.
This session is followed by a 4 week online workshop, actively moderated by two tutors. Learners are encouraged to use their whole environment as a learning environment to catch scenes and images. They share the images in the online classroom. They learn to find information with special tips on photography and story-telling on the net, and share the information.
After 4-weeks there is a further 4-hour onsite session, where learners learn to process photos and tell stories with the photos, and publish photos.
This session is followed by a 4-week project work session, where the learners elaborate their digital stories.
The learners can learn witht their own computers or come to the Learning House, which will be established at 2 sites at least.
Handbook for the Mentors (Key Women)
explaining the mentoring and pedagogical approach and
providing tools and best practice examples
(empowerment scenarios) for the key women
As a networking tool for the women
Great European added value!
Women start communicating across borders
Launch of two mobility actions (CZ-IS, IS-DK)
European Active Citizenship!