Project Description

Embedding and Empowering SELFIE WBL Culture



The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the digital transition within VET, leading to a steep rise in online/remote teaching. Despite the many positive aspects of this catalytic change towards digitalisation, the speed of the transformation has left little time to address the risks involved. Teachers in particular face a higher risk of digital overload or burnout than ever before. Long hours sitting in front of artificially lit screens, improvised home settings, the challenge of communicating effectively online and the constant flow of communications from bosses, colleagues and students present them with a radically new set of challenges.

Growing scientific evidence from workers in digital environments has shown that unconstrained use of devices can have strong negative consequences. Multitasking and constant notifications are associated with lower levels of creativity and concentration, the difficulty of effective interpersonal communication causes higher stress, while heavy screen use is linked to eyesight problems and headaches. Collectively called “technostress “these issues are caused both by the technology and by organisational expectations, and lead to deterioration in productivity/performance and in employees’ mental and physical health. Our Partner organisations report VET schools suffering staff shortages and increasing levels of absence due to digitally induced stress and it is not surprising that as far back as 2016 the influential JISC framework placed five other digital capabilities within the overarching capability of digital identity and wellbeing.

Many large corporations are already addressing digital overload via wellbeing policies within their HR/CSR work and some high-profile higher education institutions have also developed policies. However, our research showed that no VET providers had developed structured support for teaching staff on the topic.


  1. VET schools
  2. VET management/teaching/students
  3. Employers and Policymakers.


  1. CPD solutions for leadership and management/teachers/students
  2. Developing the SELFIE WBL supporting toolkit

Project no.: 


  • Société d’Enseignement Professionnel du Rhône – SEPR (France)


  • Berufsbildende Schule Wirtschaft 1 Ludwigshafen (Germany)
  • Polska Fundacja Osrodkow Wspomagania Rozwoju Gospodarczego OIC Poland (Poland)
  • Magyar Digitális Oktatásért Egyesület (Hungary)
  • Skupnost višjih strokovnih šol Republike Slovenije (Slovenia)
  • EfVET (Belgium)


Start:  01/11/2021 – End: 31/10/2024

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