Title Transferring Open Content on Energy-efficient Buildings
Project Number 2013-1-AT1-LEO05-09494
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Several prizes have been awarded to the open content platform e-genius (www.e-genius.at) on renewable energies and energy-efficient buildings. e-genius was developed by the Center for Appropriate Technology (GrAT) at Vienna University of Technology and funded by the Austrian Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology and the Austrian Climate and Energy Fund. The platform provides teaching and learning materials which are accessible as scripts or online-tests for self-assessment based on a competency-oriented and interdisciplinary pedagogical concept. The materials reflect state-of-the-art technologies. The open content system allows the use and individual adaptation for teaching and learning purposes under the creative commons license.
The TOCEB project adapts core elements of e-genius to the national contexts and languages of the partner countries CZ, IT LT and PL, as well as to the AT VET sector.
The TOCEB project transfers content and the pedagogical approach from the innovative and awarded open content platform “e-genius” (www.e-genius.at) to the partner countries CZ, IT, LT and PL for the use by the primary target groups of
(1) teachers/trainers in vocational education and training (VET) centres/colleges and
(2) apprentices/students in the same VET institutions.
The relevant materials of e-genius are adapted, first, from tertiary to VET level and, second, to the national contexts and languages of the partner countries with respect to regional construction types and geographical givens in order to fulfil the necessary step towards adaptations according to the EU Directive on the energy performance of buildings adopted in 2010.
The reason for the project is the lack for open content teaching and learning materials within the national VET systems on the topics of energy-efficient and sustainable building, a lack that is in contradiction to immense scientific research results of the last years.
The innovative aspects of e-genius which will be transferred are as follows: Most recent scientific and technical knowledge about energy-efficient buildings and building refurbishment is edited in learning and teaching units based on competency-oriented pedagogical framework and published at the website of “e-genius” as open content or as open educational resources in different formats for download and as online tests for self-assessment. The open content system allows the use and individual modification for teaching and learning purposes under the creative commons license (no commercial use).
The project partners are developing four different modules in a high quality. GrAT, the lead partner stationed at Vienna University of Technology, brings in the latest state of the art in this field of research and didactics, whereas the second AT partner ibis acam has the experience in executing knowledge transfer and in project coordination in similar projects. The other partners are experts of the regional contexts and educational needs in the VET sector of their respective countries and therefore are very qualified to adapt the basic modules to the national contexts and to disseminate and exploit the developed materials.
The aim of this project is to contribute to the realization of innovative and sustainable solutions in the building sector of the targeted regions, enhance the qualifications of VET students and deliver core competences, such as technical and language skills as well as skills in media use during the learning process.
The project transfers core elements of the content and the pedagogical approach from the open content platform on renewable energies and energy-efficient building "e-genius" to the national contexts and languages of the partner countries Czech Republic, Italy, Lithuania, Poland. There is also an English and a German version of the learning materials.
The platforms includes learning units, case histories, an illustration pool and a glossary.
All content from e-genius may be worked up for teaching, modified and incorporated in your own documents. In this way presentations can be generated, as can seminar papers with one's own comments and assessments. People interested in the subject matter can use the learning pathway and the individual chapters for self-instruction.
All content and illustrations are published under a Creative-Commons Licence.
Open and distance learning
open and distance learning
material for open learning
Four modules have been developed on
- Energy-efficient buildings
- Basics of Thermal Building Refurbishment
- Insulation Materials
- Facade Systems
in the languages Czech, English, German, Italian, Lithuanian and Polish.
Projecthomepage www.toceb.eu; www.e-genius.at