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Report on validation requirements, July 2013. Read more here or download the full report.

Validation manual, November 2013, download the full report

Validation Validation

Development of a validation methodology / service (WP4)

The development of a validation methodology is key to the on-going sustainability of the LSL network. The work package’s specific objectives are:

  • To identify the validation requirements of relevant FP7 TEL projects (focused on K-12), educational ICT vendors and other stakeholders.
  • To develop a ‘baseline’ methodology to help these stakeholders to more efficiently run both small-scale and large-scale validation pilots.
  • To provide a turnkey validation service with a transparent cost model and work with FP7 and ICT vendors to develop specific validation activities (related to tools, platforms, content, standards, services etc.) involving schools/classes/teachers in the Living Schools Lab network.

Identify validation requirements

The work begins by identifying the K-12 validation requirements of relevant FP7 TEL projects, educational ICT vendors and other stakeholders. It then reviews different validation methodologies and protocols in a number of pan-European projects involving Ministries of Education in order to develop a Living Schools Lab validation manual that includes fully costed, ‘baseline’ methodologies for both large and smaller scale school pilots. This manual will provide a tutorial for projects and other stakeholders wishing to set up their own school pilots/validations. Read more here or download the full report.

Develop a baseline validation methodology

EUN will review the validation methodologies and protocols in approx. 15 pan-European projects involving Ministries of Education in order to produce easily understood guidelines, recommendations and best practice examples on how to run successful school pilots. Feedback on the initial recommendations will be provided both by participating MoE (particularly from experienced national coordinators in EC-funded projects) and a small focus group of teachers in the project.

This work will result in a Validation Manual in which fully costed, ‘baseline’ methodologies will be provided for both large and smaller scale school pilots covering (coordination, technical support, incentives for participating schools/teachers, evaluation instruments, developing communities of practice, organisation of validation workshops and summer schools etc.). The aim is that this deliverable will provide a tutorial for projects and other stakeholders wishing to set up their own school pilot.

Develop a turnkey validation service and specific school pilots

In Year 2, EUN will work with Ministries to develop a methodology that can be offered as a turnkey validation service provided by EUN and schools in the network. As part of this task, a two-day workshop will be arranged in month 18 for relevant FP7 projects and ICT vendors. The workshop will provide delegates with an introduction to both the baseline validation methodologies developed in the project and an opportunity to explore how: a) they can successfully run and manage their own school validations; and b) how they can use the turnkey EUN validation service.