One of the main components in which Project KSV/015 is currently intervening is the establishment of a Career Guidance Information System. Developed by the Swiss-Kosovar consortium consisting of Smart Bits and Basic Check AG, the system is based on a career guidance process which begins with the testing of subject-based and subject-neutral interests, values, aptitudes, and preferences of each student through a questionnaire containing scientifically-tested questions. After the examination process, students proceed with using the services of “School Finder”, “Occupations Explorer”, “Internship/Apprenticeship Finder” and “Online Coaching” modules based on the received results of the above-mentioned examinations.
Depiction of the Bussula.com, the new Career Guidance platform for Kosovo
Busulla.com offers several services to its users, including the testing of subject-based and subject-neutral interests, values, aptitudes, and preferences, a “School Finder”, an “Occupations Explorer”, an “Internship / Apprenticeship Finder” and a “Online Coaching” service. It is compatible with IOS and Android.
The new Information System constitutes an essential part of the new national career guidance model for Kosovo and will affect the entire pre-university education system.
For the developers, the Project as well as for the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MEST) it was important that at this stage of development (completion of phase one out of three), to present the system to relevant audiences in order to receive feedback for further improvement and adjustments to the classroom experience and the overall teaching process. This process should not only increase the relevance of the system with the pre-university educational institutions, but also ensure a higher usage by the students in the future. In this optic, the Project supported a series of workshops with teachers specialising in the field of “Life and Work”, a subject introduced in the framework of the new national career guidance model, which will integrate the use of the digital Information System. The workshops were held between 6 November and 2 December 2017 in nine different municipalities throughout Kosovo, and a total of 662 teachers benefited from the training.
The CEO of Smart Bits and the Officer for Lifelong Learning from MEST during a workshop for teachers on the new Career Guidance Model for Kosovo
During the workshops, held by the Chief Executive Officer of Smart Bits, his team and the Officer for Lifelong Learning from MEST, participants were informed in a detailed manner about the Career Guidance Information System and they learned about the process of student-system interaction throughout all of its testing processes and other available modules. At the same time, teachers were asked to provide proposals on the integration of the new career guidance model and the components of the Information System in the teaching process. Their feedback and results of the workshops have been recorded and will be used by the Project in evaluating the additional needs of educational institutions in the sector of Career Guidance and in supervising the consortium in the application of the recommendations given by the participating teachers. The results of these workshops are also relevant for the upcoming LuxDev intervention, as Project KSV/020, successor of Project KSV/015 is planning to support the development of curricula, teaching and learning materials, and capacity building for the subject “Life and Work”, in addition to the continued support to the development and implementation of the Career Guidance Information System.
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