Title Innovation Laboratories for the quality assurance of vocational education and training
Project Number 2012-1-PL1-LEO05-27430
Product New language version of Virtual Brainstorm software (VBS)
Title New language version of Virtual Brainstorm software (VBS)
Product Type others
Marketing Text The software is one of the essential elements of an i-Lab. It allows for assistance in realisation of brainstorming processes in an i-Lab (collecting ideas, voting on ideas, reporting). Virtual Brainstorm (VBS) software, developed in the Institute for Sustainable Technologies – National Research Institute in Radom, is used there in the i-Lab. In the course of the project, the software was upgraded with new language versions (English, German, Slovenian, and Romanian) and made available to the project partners for the purposes of new i-Labs. Software implementation was preceded by a training course in software operation and administration for the partner institutions’ representatives.
VBS is installed on the Institute’s servers, while its access is granted via a web browser (www.multivbs.itee.radom.pl). The system provides three groups of users. Administrator – manages all users, sets up and removes sessions, assigns a tutor and participants to a selected session, has the power of a moderator and a participant. The system can run multiple administrator accounts. Each of them has access only to those sessions and participants’ accounts that it introduced. Tutor – has access to tools used to open and close sessions, groups the ideas, defines voting methods, generates reports, has the power of a participant. Participant – adds entries and comments, attaches files to a session, participates in voting, and has access to final reports.
Brainstorming using the VBS software takes place in four stages: registration of ideas, grouping of ideas (optional), voting (choosing the best solutions). Following the voting stage, the software automatically generates four reports: Ranking by ideas (ideas by the number of points obtained); Ranking by groups of ideas (groups of ideas by the number of points obtained); All ideas (without taking into account the scoring results); Ideas in groups (without taking into account the scoring results). All reports can be exported to a PDF file.
Target group VET teachers, trainers and VET institution managers i-lab users
Result assets created with the intention to be used by the participants or targets
Area of application Software is one of three co-existing and interpenetrating i-Lab elements: environment, moderation techniques, technology. Each of three mentioned elements is equally important for i-Lab functioning and full functionality of the Innovation Laboratory is impossible without it. Therefore, software is necessary to launch the Innovation Laboratory.