The Covid- 19 pandemic has created a demand for change towards digitalization. Due to the sudden change, there was not enough time to discuss the potential risk factors. VET teachers in particular face a higher risk of digital overload or burnout than ever before.
Growing scientific evidence from workers in digital environments has shown that the unconstrained use of devices can have a very strong negative consequence. The difficulty of effective interpersonal communication causes higher stress, while heavy screen use is linked to eyesight problems and headaches.
The term” Technostress” is caused both by technology and organizational expectations that leads to deterioration in productivity/ performance and in employees’ mental health and physical health. In the recent times the VET schools suffer shortage of staff and increase in the absence due to digitally induced stress.
The objective of Digital Balance is to clear: design, develop and implement a new approach to train VET teachers, leaders and managers in digital wellbeing.
There are three tangible outputs to this project:
IO1: Digital Balance Analysis Report is an investigation, analysis and publication which introduces and analyses the challenges to digital wellbeing as experienced by VET teachers and managers as a part of the wider current digital transition.
IO2: Digital Well Being Resource Pack are a series of open resources in the form of case studies, guides, and template documents, which enable VET managers and department heads to better understand the options open to them and to develop concrete plans, policy and practice suitable to boost their own organization’s digital well-being performance.
IO3: Digital Balance Empowerment Program is an online training course that provides teachers with the knowledge and skills to be proactive in safeguarding their own digital wellbeing in order to maintain high quality teaching performance over time.As the focus of the project is on the mental health and the well-being of the teachers, leaders, trainers as they are considered to be the assets through whom we gain knowledge and we know their health must be prioritized.