Two years ago, we started the Erasmus funded Coach-IT project to improve the digital skills of coaches in a market that had shifted mainly to online formats after the pandemic. Current trends show that the mix of technology and “human coaching” will continue to evolve. A high level of digital literacy and the ability to incorporate technology into the coaching process as well as the training and mentoring process will therefore continue to be crucial for coaches.
What are the results of the project?
With COACH-IT, we have developed a user-centred, evidence-based and accredited training programme that provides those working as coaches with the knowledge, skills and competencies to develop their online coaching services while ensuring (or enhancing) the quality of the intervention and addressing the needs of their clients.
The training programme is based on a curriculum that we developed after surveying more than 300 coaches about their needs and conducting a series of focus group workshops with coaching practitioners, trainers, purchasers as well as researchers to validate the findings.
Now, in November 2023, just before the project comes to an end, we have organised another round of focus groups to again compare the future roles and skills of coaches with current, rapid technological advances.
We are planning how we can make the Coach IT curriculum ‘mainstream’ so that it becomes accredited by the ICF and other coaching associations and an integral part of future coach education and ongoing coach development.
Thank you to the 300 pioneers who registered for our Coach IT learning platform and worked through the training programme in the beta phase! We have listened to your feedback and will be adding some more content, e.g. necessary hardware for online coaching practice, and adding a new learning module on AI coaching.
And we’ve made sure that the platform is available in five languages (English, French, German, Spanish and Romanian). The new language versions will soon be available on the coach-IT website coachit.online.
The COACH-IT platform will continue to be free in the final 2023 version and open to any coach. If you haven’t already done so, simply register and access the materials at your own pace.
To close the project we do need your formal feedback using the feedback form provided. Please help us to hand in the total of 150 user feedbacks needed!