Ariadne is a transnational project, supported by funding from the European Commission’s SOCRATES-GRUNDTVIG 1 programme. It aims to develop a set of guidelines for use by those developing and using web-based guidance tools. These guidelines will emphasise quality and have a strong ethical component and should be of interest and use to developers, guidance counsellors, researchers in guidance and end users of web-based guidance services.
The project has three main objectives:
|To clarify and make explicit the assumptions behind the creation of web-based tools for guidance and counselling through highlighting the concepts, methods and theories from counselling and guidance workable in an Internet-based environment. This will be mainly achieved through a set of guidelines for the development of, and use of counselling and guidance on the Internet.
|To increase the interest of practitioners and encourage developments in this area. This requires connecting the guidelines to their target group - the guidance professionals - and developing a training model on the use of this kind of tool, and on the use of the guidelines themselves.
|To increase awareness about the possibilities and initiatives for development in this sector and to support national and international development in the area. This aim will address the need expressed in key message 5 of the European Commission’s Memorandum on Lifelong Learning (“rethinking guidance and counselling”). This will be achieved by a continuous and sustained dissemination of the project’s progress, results and outcomes.|
|A set of guidelines for the development of web-based guidance tools, focussing on quality and ethics, but also looking at theoretical models of guidance for web-based tools.
|An outline-training model that can be used to introduce the above guidelines to guidance practitioners and developers.
|A website for the project where interested parties can access the guidelines and training model.|
The project partners have held three project meetings so far. This briefing has been written following the third partnership meeting and is intended to update those interested in the progress of the project so far.
At the third meeting the structure of the guidelines were reviewed and altered to reflect the current thinking of the partnership, based on their experiences in developing the guidelines. A new structure has now been agreed which reflects this thinking:
This chapter will introduce the notion of the Critical Consumer, which is likely to a thread running through the guidelines, it will also look at Practitioners’ awareness of web technology and pose questions such as “Why should I use web-based tools for guidance?”
This chapter will stress that to meet the needs of the Critical Consumer websites should be “fit for purpose”. It will look at the relevance of guidance theories to web-based tools and also focus on the underlying Ethics, as well as looking at the impact on the role of practitioners.
Here the importance of design of will be considered. The importance of practitioners’ skills including an awareness of web technology will be stressed. Learning styles will be considered and how they impact on design as will other design criteria such as links, screen resolution, etc. Consideration will also be given to the range of client groups including those with disabilities who might access web-based tools.
This chapter will address the issue of what can I deliver through the web, what impact this may have and why should I deliver through the web? It will look at monitoring use of websites.
This chapter is intended to be quite practical. It will consider the nature of the Internet and the problems, issues and benefits that can come from using it as a consumer. It will then include a checklist or checklists of quality criteria that users can use to judge if a web-based service is “fit for purpose”
It is envisaged that the guide will be will be in four languages (English, Swedish, Italian and Romanian) and that each language section will be approximately some 48 pages long.
The partnership has a clearly defined work plan and timescale for the remainder of the project. There are three areas of activity to be completed as below:
The project is now refining drafts of each section. This process will be complete by the beginning of December 2003 when final editing will take place. Proof reading and translation will take place between then and early February when the final guidelines will be ready for printing and inclusion on the project website.
An outline-training model that can be used to introduce the above guidelines to guidance practitioners and developers is under development by University of East London. This will be tested with students on the Diploma in Careers Guidance course at that institution and in content and structure will follow the outline of the guidelines themselves. In developing the training module University of East London will take into account the following factors:
|Hands on skills
|Sharing (Students, Learners, Community of practise)
|Pre-preparedness of learners
|Predisposition (receptive or not)
Active – reflexive
Introvert – Extrovert
Reading – experiential
The project website is now under final development and will be available soon. It will contain downloadable versions of the guidelines and also the training module currently under development and testing at University of East London.
If you are interested in the project and would like to talk to one of the partners you can find contact details below:
Centro Risorse Nazionale per l'Orientamento
c/o Divisione Risorse per l'Orientamento e il Lavoro/ASTER
via Morgagni, 4
Tel: +39 051 236242
Fax: +39 051 227803
Ariadne contact: Cristina Cogoi
Vuxenutbildningen i Göteborg / The Adult Education Committee of Göteborg
402 29 Göteborg
Tel: +46 (0) 31-61 39 28
Fax: +46 (0) 31 61 39 50
Ariadne contacts: Tomas Mjörnheden, Ralf Stenered
The Centre for Training in Careers Guidance at the University of East London
Department of Psychology
Arthur Edwards Building
The Green, Stratford
Tel: +44 (0)208 223 4561
Ariadne contact: Dr Rachel Mulvey
Careers Europe, the UK National Resource Centre for International Careers
Tel: +44 (0)1274 829600
Fax: +44 (0)1274 829610
Ariadne contact: Mick Carey
MENTOR - Center for Adult Education
B-dul Iancu de Hunedoara Nr 6 B1 H4 Ap 25 sector 1
72404 Bucharest - ROMANIA
Ariadne contacts: Diana Ghinea, Viorica Pop
Last update: 16:16 18/06 2004