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Lead3.0 welcomes you after the summer break!
Woman-using-digital-tablet-with-colleagues-behind-in-office-000051566708_XXXLargeIn the past 3 months we have been intensively working on the field research and mapping exercise made by Working Package 3 team (WP3). The aims were to identify respectively the e-leadership skills’ gaps and training priorities of managers, students and trainers, and the key features and critical success factors of the most successful MOOCs and web-based education providers.

The Research phase of our knowledge alliance project is now completed. In this newsletter issue we will present its’ main findings together with the announcement of the upcoming webinar where the WP3 outcomes will be presented by the project partners leading each research block.

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In the upcoming months building on the research findings, the Lead3.0 project consortium will define the macro-design of the Academy (WP4) for managers and students by setting learning goals, training contents, teaching and assessment methods and delivery mechanisms.

Design will be coupled with the sustainability strategy shaping process, that will lead us to the identification of the best valorization path suitable to enhance the self-sustainability of the project after its’ completion.

Last but not least, the project Facebook page is online! Take a peek – follow us, like us, share us, and keep updated about Lead3.0!

Stay tuned for Lead3.0 developments!


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WP3 – Research & Needs Analysis Synthesis report

Focused mature students working together on new technologies in university libraryThe Synthesis report distils the main insights coming from the research and need analysis results on the strategic e-leadership skills needs and gaps and the use of MOOCs to raise such skills, which represents the two main domains tackled by Lead3.0.
Beginning from theoretical studies on the set of skills needed to be effective leaders in the digital era, the analysis moves on a more practical level, interviewing managers and trainers about their perception on the main skills’ areas that are affected by the digitalization.

The main findings of interviews show that soft skills need to be further developed and innovated and that a set of “hard though transversal” skills are becoming more and more relevant. On the basis of the Literature review and interviews findings, SeLs have been classified into 6 main macro-clusters, ranging from digital basic skills to e-lifelong learning skills. To detect the managers, students and trainers needs and skills gaps in relation to the identified macro-clusters a wider questionnaire survey has been delivered, involving 737 Managers, 184 trainers and 884 students.

Student using tablet pc to take notes in lecture hallThe questionnaire on the skill gaps and training priorities showed that each target perceive a specific set of gaps related both to “soft” and “hard” SeLs with stronger needs for e-communication and multi-geographical/multicultural team management, ethics and moral in digital environment and e-reputation.

The research show also that SeLs can be trained by means of web based methodologies and blended learning, even though the three target groups (i.e., managers, students and trainers) would need different training strategies.


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2015 UIIN Conference in Berlin: Lead3.0 was there!

Berlin_UIINOn 24-26 June 2015 the 3rd UIIN Conference on University-Industry Interaction took place in Berlin, Germany with more than 350 participants from 49 countries attending the conference to share knowledge, interact and build new co-operations. Lead3.0 was present as well: our partner Münster University of Applied Sciences (MUAS) took the opportunity to step-in and disseminate Lead3.0 philosophy to our primary target groups – teachers, trainers and managers.

Keynote speakers from industry and academia participated at the event, such as Dr. Natascha Eckert, Department Head University and Research Cooperation at SIEMENS; Dr. Manfred Meier, Head of the department “University Cooperation” at AutoUni of Volkswagen AG; and Dr. Lena Christiaans, Head of Corporate Employer Branding at Henkel.

LEAD_BerlinTheir panel discussions provided great insights on the skills urgently needed in today’s labour market. Dr. Lena Christiaans, Head of Corporate Employer Branding at Henkel, stressed especially that we need to provide digital competences to students: “In today’s environment we need employees with digital competences, able to conduct online marketing research and design new value propositions using digital technologies to reach new markets“.

To do so, alliances between industry and academia as Lead3.0 are required to fill this skills’ gap and to widespread the use of social learning and OERs by trainers in order to develop the needed skills.