mCommunity

mCommunity

Aims & Objectives

http://www.mcommunity.org.uk/

mCommunity will develop, apply and evaluate IT systems developed by Waterford Institute of Technology to re-engage NEETs (those Not in Education Employment or Training) and support SME growth, in parallel with the development and evaluation of the human strategies and protocols.  For both groups, the use of mobile technology & instant messaging will be piloted and tested.

Project Aims

  • Develop a teaching and learning model based on mobile technology and the Z-platform - the mCommunity
  • Support NEETs into employment, education or training
  • Evaluate the use of mobile technology to improve business performance of SMEs

Project Objectives

  • Develop a Z based application to support NEETs into employment and education
  • Establish the pedagogy of the virtual community
  • Develop Individual Learning Plan capabilty to support the use of the Z platform
  • Identify NEET participants for the trials and volunteers to act as mentors
  • Develop project website
  • Develop the mCommunity to create positive social networks
  • Broaden the communications network for NEETs to encourage interaction with other groups
  • Integrate the Z application with existing instant messaging systems
  • Integrate the Z platform with Web 2.0 services
  • Establish suitable areas for SME business development usng Z platform
  • Develop the Z platform for SME support requirements
  • Evaluate the inclusion of NEETs and SMEs in a virtual community for their mutual benefit
  • Test  Z platform on multiple mobile devices
  • Trial and evaluate the Z platform with real users via mobile technology
  • Adapt / enhance the platform according to feedback during the trials
  • Develop and trial learning materials for NEETs and SMEs
  • Improve the self-esteem of NEETs via the achievement of accredited qualifications
  • Incorporate adjustments to the platform in response to trial results
  • Investigate the potential work placement opportunities with the SMEs for NEETs  engaged with the project
  • Identify employment, education or training opportunities for NEETs
  • Develop a Welsh version of the interface to the Z platform
Partner ERDF (€) Total Project Budget (€)
Pembrokeshire College LP 601,068 809,688
Waterford Institute of Technology 382,982 510,642
Swansea College 374,632 499,510
Total 1,358,682 1,819,840

Counties in Ireland where the project is carried out:

Waterford

Counties in Wales where the project is carried out:


Pembrokeshire, Swansea

Contacts

Name Organisation Email Telephone
Nicky Howells - External Funding Manager Pembrokeshire College, Merlins Bridge, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, WALES SA611SZ n.howells@pembrokeshire.ac.uk 0044 1437 753414
Sean Lyons - Waterford Institute of Technology, Arclabs Research & Innovation Centre, West Campus, Carriganore, Waterford, IRELAND slyons@tssg.org