Museum sector, digital skills
The project Mu.SA: Museum Sector Alliance is approved in the European Framework of Erasmus+ / Sector Skills Alliances. It aims to address the increasing disconnection between formal education and training and the world of work because of the emergence of new job roles due to the quickening pace of the adoption of ICT in the museum sector. The project addresses directly the shortage of digital and transferrable skills identified in the museum sector as they have been explicitly recorded during the analysis phase of project eCult Skills, which was funded under the Lifelong Learning Programme (2013-15). Mu.SA project supports the continuous professional development of museum professionals.
A set of emerging job role profiles has been composed from the competences identified by the analysis of needs and training offers. For each of them, a modular VET curriculum will be designed, applying a specific VET methodology based on learning outcomes and principles of adult education that realizes new approaches to education and competence development that capitalize on the full potential of various learning settings. A repository of digital OERs will be developed, to support the acquisition of more than 40 digital and transversal competences. Using these, a MOOC for acquiring the basic competences of job role profiles and a Specialization Training Course including e-learning and face-to-face lectures and a work based learning phase will be offered. Training will be delivered via an online platform that stimulates sharing and exchange of knowledge, experiences and best practices. Communities of practice that ensure sustainability of results beyond project end will be formed.
Project outputs will directly benefit museum professionals and unemployed in the cultural sector, as well as the museums themselves. Indirectly, the project will contribute to raising the quality of life of the general public, by enabling museums to offer enhanced cultural experiences.
Mu.SA project produces a range of innovative outcomes, including European profiles of emerging job roles in museums that will serve as a common reference at European level, staged VET methodology based on learning outcomes, policies and tools for assessment and validation of non-formal / informal learning, modular VET curricula that dynamically combine training modules for digital and transversal competences, contribution to a European standard for learning outcomes, a European specialization course that combines e-learning, face to face instruction and work place learning, a MOOC for acquiring the basic competences and European communities of practice, which engage in open dialogue and sustainable peer learning through an online platform. European instruments (EQF, ECVET and EQAVET) will be applied improving transparency and recognition of qualifications, validation of non-formal and informal learning and lifelong guidance. Job role profiles will be mapped to ESCO and eCF, and after their evaluation to NQFs of the participating countries.
The project will produce a multitude of diverse outputs and outcomes, printed and online, tangible and intangible, including reports, methodologies and policies, VET curricula, standards, digital content and tools, courses, publications, events and communities.