SHERPA is a two-year Erasmus+ project with a mission to strengthen the adoption and systematic use of SELFIE across Europe.
SELFIE is the European Commission’s free, customisable self-reflection tool helping schools to better understand their progress on digitally-enabled teaching and learning. As of 2020 it has over 640,000 users in around 7,200 schools based in 57 countries
SHERPA will provide schools with vitally-needed scaffolding for on-boarding SELFIE and will help them gain full benefits from their SELFIE report in terms of both educational strategy and practices.
SHERPA’s mission is to enhance efforts within the EC’s SELFIE initiative to promote better use of digital technology in teaching and learning through schools’ self-reflection on their digital competencies and innovation processes. This is in line with the European Digital Education Action Plan priorities of developing digital competence for digital transformation. Critically, SHERPA will help a greater number of schools - in Europe and beyond – to commence the SELFIE process and take full advantage of their SELFIE results for improving digitally-enhanced teaching practices and related strategies. SHERPA provides school leaders and teachers with the means to appreciate and strengthen their pivotal role as innovators, engaging the whole school community in efforts to enhance digital education.
SHERPA will develop and deploy two key outputs:
- SELFIE HELPER, a chatbot system that assists schools to use the SELFIE platform, providing them with real-time help in resolving their specific user issues;
- SELFIE PEDAGOGICAL TOOLKIT, a comprehensive package to help schools transform their SELFIE results into concrete innovation strategies and actions for employing digital technologies more effectively in teaching and learning.
The SHERPA tools and overall approach will be expert-tested and then evaluated in schools in all partner countries. This field testing will yield findings useful for formulating sound policy recommendations.