Project description
The Guideline
Training model
Briefing notes
Project Partners

Briefing Note 2


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.


projected results

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.


Project Progress          

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.


The Guidelines

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?”


Theory and Ethics in the design of web-based guidance tools

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.


Design and development of web-based guidance tools

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.


Delivery of services by the web

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.


For users of web-based services

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”


Evaluation and conclusions


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.


Next Steps

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 Guidelines

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.


Training Module

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:

Theoretical aspects
Hands on skills
Sharing (Students, Learners, Community of practise)
Pre-preparedness of learners
Predisposition (receptive or not)
Learning styles

      Alone – shared

      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:


In Italy

Centro Risorse Nazionale per l'Orientamento

c/o Divisione Risorse per l'Orientamento e il Lavoro/ASTER

via Morgagni, 4

40122 Bologna


Tel:      +39 051 236242

Fax:     +39 051 227803

E-Mail: centrorisorse@mailrol.it


Ariadne contact: Cristina Cogoi


In Sweden

Vuxenutbildningen i Göteborg / The Adult Education Committee of Göteborg

Box 5412

Skånegatan 20

402 29 Göteborg


Tel:      +46 (0) 31-61 39 28

Fax:     +46 (0) 31 61 39 50




Ariadne contacts: Tomas Mjörnheden, Ralf Stenered


In the UK

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

E-Mail: M.R.Mulvey@uel.ac.uk


Ariadne contact: Dr Rachel Mulvey


Careers Europe, the UK National Resource Centre for International Careers

Onward House

Baptist Place



Tel:      +44 (0)1274 829600

Fax:     +44 (0)1274 829610

E-Mail: Mick.Carey@careersb.co.uk


Ariadne contact: Mick Carey


In Romania

MENTOR - Center for Adult Education

B-dul Iancu de Hunedoara Nr 6 B1 H4 Ap 25 sector 1

72404 Bucharest - ROMANIA

Tel:      +40-21-6504776

Fax:     +40-21-3103206

E-mail: center_mentor_ro@yahoo.com


Ariadne contacts: Diana Ghinea, Viorica Pop

Last update:  16:16 18/06 2004

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