One sector that has undergone tremendous change over the past 10 years is the publishing industry. The increasing use of alternative devices and the relevant development of independent distribution via the internet and social media represent a significant need for innovation in the publishing sector.
As a consequence of this migration to digital technologies, the whole publishing industry is confronted by major challenges; in particular, the workforce involved in this sector needs to know what is very important and urgent to do in order to keep the competitiveness and effectiveness of the skills involved in the sector.
In the Digital European Agenda the EU Commission affirms that “ long-established traditional professional models are in need to be revised and re-considered; especially taking into account the different impact the social technologies are having in the different sectors of the publishing industries.
The ASAP Project takes into account the impact of the changes in the competences and skill, proposes an evolutionary map of the skill needs and designs and delivers flexible training programmes (one for each area of the publishing supply chain) that, according to EQF/ECVET standards and also establishing the quality principles of the EQAVET framework, will provide employees, but also unemployed, self-employed, low skilled employees and young VET students the opportunity to update their professional skills and knowledge covering the gap related to the lack of specific skills determined by the “digital revolution”.
ASAP MOOC Platform
A MOOC is a massive open online course aimed at large-scale interactive participation and open access via the web. In addition to traditional course materials such as videos, readings, and problem sets, MOOCs provide interactive user forums that help build a community for the students, professors, and teaching assistants.