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IN VIA Akademie/Germany builds on YOWOMO2.0 in future research and training

IN VIA Akademie – a German academy for both research in social science and vocational education and training – will make use of the YOWOMO2.0 results in their future research and training activities.
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In 2016 IN VIA will offer a course for youth work professionals in which digital competencies for youth work and youth care will be acquired. The course content will build on research done by IN VIA Akademie as well as results of the YOWOMO2.0 partnership. Participants will be able to sign in for the whole course – which will include a certification – or just follow certain modules.

In april 2016 IN VIA Akadmie will also host a conference to discuss how social work is changed by the rise of digital technologies such as social media. Current reserach conducted by IN VIA Akamie explores how social media is used by youth services users, how they try to solve problems using social media, and if these attempts Bildschirmfoto 2015-11-05 um 12.13.51are successful. The results of the study will be discussed at the conference focusing on the question which competences youth workers should have. The results of the IN VIA study will therefore also be compared with the results of YOWOMO2.0. Results of the conference will also be used for the course named above.

YOWOMO2.0-based in-house training at LWL Jugendheim Tecklenburg/Germany

Bildschirmfoto 2015-11-09 um 19.17.39On 29th of October 2015 a YOWOMO2.0-based in-house training started at the LWL Jugenheim Tecklenburg/Germany. The LWL Jugendheim Tecklenburg is an institution for educational support in sponsorship of the Westphalia-Lippe Regional Association. LWL Jugendheim Tecklenburg offers decentralized group homes, mother and child facilities, day-patient groups and parenting support for children, adolescents, young adults and their families. As a partner of the youth services LWL Jugendheim Tecklenburg uses its expertise, its professional and personal commitment to the protection and promotion of children and youth, for the preservation of families and the elimination of disadvantages.

LWL Jugendheim Tecklenburg already participated as a silent partner in the YOWOMO2.0 partnership. The in-house training will include 13 professionals representing the broad range of services of LWL JH Tecklenburg. It will be led by Lutz Siemer and Udo J. Siefen, who apply their experience gained in the YOWOMO2.0 development – especially the insights from the training scenario “Turning Point chasers into Competence seekers” which was put into practice involving both HeurekaNet – Freies Institut für BIldung, Forschung und Innovation e.V. and Saxion University of Applied Sciences. The training will include modules for individual professional development, development of professional products, small project group work, workshops, and a final presentation. Building on the idea of “form follows function” the training will make use of tools such as WhatsApp, shared Googledocs, Facebook, Skype, and Hangouts. Using these tools will enable first-hand experience of current information and communication technology.

Astrid Benduhn, deputy director fj LWL Jugendheim Tecklenburg and initiator of the workgroup “new media”: “Talking seems to be somehow old-fashioned among children and young people. We should not shut ourselves off from new ways of communication – even if we have to cope with technical challenges on the one hand and if we have to discuss a broad range of ideas and attitudes on the other hand. I’m looking forward to the qualified collaboration with the colleagues from HeurekaNet, which already has been beneficial earlier.”

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Thematic monitoring on digital education at the German National Agency

On 26th of October 2015 the German National Agency at BIBB hosted a thematic monitoring on Digital Education in Vocational and Educational Training. Projects from the former Lifelong Learning Programme and the actual Erasmus+ Programme which deal with digital education were presented and discussed. The YOWOMO2.0 partnership was represented by Lutz Siemer, Marcus Flachmeyer and Udo J. Siefen, key persons of the YOWOMO2.0 partnership at HeurekaNet – Freies Institut für Bildung, Forschung und Innovation e.V., Germany.

YOWOMO2.0 results used to give guidance to parents and professionals in child and youth care in Germany

Bildschirmfoto 2015-10-27 um 09.15.01Lina Kania – one of the social work students who participated in the YOWOMO2.0 training scenario “Transforming “point chasers” into competence seekers!” which was established in collaboration of HeurekaNet – Freies Institut für Bildung, Forschung und Innovation and Saxion Universtiy of Applied Sciences – added a special section about the role of social media and child and youth care on the website of the LWL Jugendhilfezentrum Marl. The section offers guidance for parents and professionals and is build on her successful participation in the YOWOMO2.0 training scenario.

YOWOMO2.0 at the Digital Literacy conference in Padua/Italy, December 10th 2015

An abstract about YOWOMO2.0 has again been accepted for oral presentation by an international conference. The conference „Digital Literacy: Policies, Research and Good Practices“ will be held at the Bildschirmfoto 2015-10-25 um 11.27.45University of Padua, Department of Philosophy, Sociology, Education and Applied Psychology. The conference will address the issue of digital literacy by focussing on three main areas: (1) Policies that promote the development of these skills; (2) Research on the necessary skills for efficiently engaging in digital environments in an informed manner; (3) Experiences and best practices related to the teaching and strengthening of the skills needed for the critical use of digital resources.

 YOWOMO2.0 will be presented by Udo J. Siefen who is affiliated with both HeurekaNet – Freies Institut für Bildung, Forschung und Innovation e.V., Germany, and Saxion Universtiy of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands.

YOWOMOW2.0 triggers Master in Social Work students at University of Antwerp/Belgium

On 20th of OBildschirmfoto 2015-10-25 um 11.40.03ctober 2015 Jo van Hecke – e-help expert and member of the YOWOMO2.0 partnership – gave a masterclass about using internet applications and apps in social work at the Universtiy of Antwerp in Belgium. 40 Master of Social Work students attained the “e-help in social work”-masterclass and gained insight in tools and apps for online social work. Jo also introduced the YOWOMO2.0 competence profile to explain the competences needed for working with mobiles and apps in practice. The students experienced significant difference to their current competences and were triggered to think about the professional and technical requirements in practice and in their professional environment. A few students were even triggered to start with e-social work.

Youth work students and lecturers discuss YOWOMO2.0 at Saxion University of Applied Sciences/The Netherlands

What do social work students and lecturers think about the results of the YOWOMO2.0 partnership? This was explored during a presentation and discussion of the competences for youth work in the age of smartphones and social media during a special workshop for Bildschirmfoto 2015-10-19 um 11.29.14students and lecturers of the Minor module “Child and Youth Welfare”. The workshop was led by Lutz Siemer – affiliated with both HeurekaNet – Freies Institut für Bildung, Forschung und Innovation e.V.  and Saxion’s research group Technology, Health & Care -, and took place at Saxion University of Applied Sciences on 14th of October 2015. Both the the future youth workers as well as their teacher became aware of the challenges youth work is facing due to technological development – in this case the ubiquitous presence of digital devices and social media in the life of young people. The YOWOMO2.0 ideas induced a lively discussion that will be further explored and may lead to adjustments in the Saxion Social Work curriculum.

YOWOMO2.0 at “Social work(er) of the future” symposium

From 6th to 9th of October the WMO 3-DAAGSE – a symposium discussing the current transition from welfare to participation state in the Netherlands – took place in Enschede/The Netherlands. Saxion Universitiy of Applied Sciences hosted one of the symposium events applying the Saxion vision of Living Technology to the main symposium Bildschirmfoto 2015-10-09 um 15.00.43theme “Social Work(er) of the future”. As technological development – for instance the growing significance of smartphones and social media – becomes a challenge for social work(ers) this was a great opportunity to discuss the results of the YOWOMO2.0 partnership.

Keynote Speaker Dr. Somaya Ben Allouch, chair of the research group Technology, Health & Care at Saxion University of Applied Sciences, introduced the relevance of technology in social work from on the one hand a scientific point of view, but also on the other hand showing a range of best practice examples like amongst others YOWOMO2.0. Already mentioned in the keynote YOWOMO2.0 was then presented and discussed in a workshop led by Lutz Siemer, Marcus Flachmeyer and Udo Siefen.

The YOWOMO2.0 workshop was followed by “Digitalisering in Social Work”, a workshop with Niek Zuidhof, offering hands-on experience and discussion of the opportunities and threats in the use of wearables such as Google Glass. Both workshops stimulated lively discussions and inspiration for future use of technology in social work.

YOWOMO2.0 at the Social Networking in Cyberspace (SNIC) conference 2015

Lutz Siemer (affiliated with both HeurekaNet – Free Institute of Education, Research and Innovation and Saxion Universtiy of Applied Sciences) presented YOWOMO2.0 at  the Social Networking in Cyberspace (SNIC) conference 2015.  The conference, which was organized by the Cyberpsychology Research groups at the University of Wolverhampton (CRUW), took place in Wolverhampton, UK, on September 3-4, 2015.

Please feel free to check out the  presentation, the YOWOMO2.0 conference abstract, and the photos, which also offer a glimpse at the YOWOMO2.0 related  topics covered by the conference.


Abstract for the oral presentation at Social Networking in Cyberspace conference (SNIC 2015)

Title: Youth Work Mobile 2.0 (YOWOMO2.0) – A competence framework for youth work in the age of smartphones and social media

Abstract: The digital world increasingly forms young people’s natural habitat. Both the training of youth workers and their professional practice are challenged by the growing importance of smartphones and social media in young people’s lives. The knowledge, skills and attitudes needed for professional youth work in this age are described in the YOWOMO2.0 competence framework. This framework has been developed together by a European Leonardo da Vinci Partnership of youth work organisations, vocational and educational training organisations, and research and development organisations. This presentation gives insight into the competences, demonstrates how these competences are used – giving practical examples – , and makes recommendations for further implementation. Qualitative and quantitative data collected for the evaluation of the pilot-trainings show that the competence framework and the educational tools – for instance a competence quiz for self-assessment – are both usable and useful. Our experience of piloting theses competences suggests that implementing these widely in youth work education and training will ultimately benefit young people.


  • Lutz Siemer, Diplom-Psychologe
  • Marcus Flachmeyer, Diplom-Pädagoge
  • Udo J. Siefen, Diplom Sozialarbeiter/Sozialpädagoge (FH), M.A. Educational Media, Design & Technology

All authors are affiliated with both HeurekaNet – Freies Institut für Bildung, Forschung und Innovation e.V., Windthorststr. 32, 48143 Münster/Germany; and Saxion University of Applied Sciences, M.H. Troomplaan 28, 7513 AB Enschede/The Netherlands

YOWOMO2.0 at “Social Work(er) of the future” conference in the Netherlands

The dissemination of the YOWOMO2.0 results is still going on. In addition to presentations in Belgium, Hungary, and UK the competence framework for youth work in the age of smartphones and social will also be presented in the Netherlands. During the “WMO3-daagse” – a three-day event that focuses on participation, aiming at results, self-reliance, and empowerment in social work – YOWOMO2.0 will be presented by our German and Dutch partners in the track “Technology” of the “Social Work(er) of the future” day. The “WMO3-daagse” will take place in Enschede/The Netherlands from Wednesday 7th October to Friday 9th.

YOWOMO2.0 will be presented by Lutz Siemer, Marcus Flachmeyer and Udo Siefen who are affiliated with both HeurekaNet – Freies Institut für Bildung, Forschung und Innovation e.V., Germany, and Saxion Universtiy of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands.