Title RELOAD - Knowledge refreshing and acquiring for employees in the DIY-branch
Project Number DE/07/LLP-LdV/TOI/147058
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Marketing Text The DIY-industry is characterised by a large number of untrained or low-qualified employees or workers from other industries. They have to process a constantly growing amount of information.
The DIY industry is characterised by a large number of untrained or low-qualified employees or workers from other industries. They have to process a constantly growing amount of (product) information and integrate it into professional skills and abilities. So there is a growing need for demand-oriented learning concepts.
The project objective is to develop an e-learning approach to support employees not accustomed to learning or untrained or older employees in the DIY-industry by constantly and efficiently refreshing their knowledge and skills. For this purpose, workers can access a learning and knowledge platform containing short learning-units, so-called “microtraining units”, which are based on user-oriented learning methods. The learning platform is to be filled with multimedia learning units and integrated into daily work processes.
The project also calls for the development of a model for creating “microtraining units”. This would allow producers in the DIY industry to process their product information or additional consulting information independently and implement it into the knowledge platform.
The goals of RELOAD are based on blended learning, a hybrid concept combining e-learning and learning with support from experienced colleagues or supervisors functioning as coaches or mentors. This approach motivates employees to engage in learning in which they obtain competent assistance.
Description These goals in RELOAD are based on a blended learning approach, which combines e-learning and assistance to learners from experienced colleagues or superiors acting as coaches or mentors. The object is to provide employees with a constant motivation to learning and with competent support.
Sectors Other Service Activities
material for open learning
Is not officially planned but could be considered.
The outcome of the project will be a multimedia based knowledge platform, specially designed for the target group. Producers and DIY stores will create microtraining units for the knowledge platform used in DIY stores for the further vocational training of the employees. The learners can access the desired learning modules at stationary work and learning stations.
Projects preceding the planned project include the EU projects “Micro-teaching“, “WeKnow“, and “Blend-XL“, the first two of which were coordinated by ZLW/IMA. Microteaching was funded by the EU under the Leonardo da Vinci Programme (2004). WeKnow and Blend-XL ran under the Minerva Programme (2005). Microteaching focussed on developing short learning units in cooperation with SMEs from different European countries. Its modular design allows the learners to choose learning units that best suit their current needs. A web and semantic based knowledge map was created in the WeKnow project to improve the transfer of knowledge from industry to universities and vice versa. The project Blend-XL focuses on the development of an integrated approach to designing and creating blended learning programmes.
The knowledge platform is based on a semantic network that enables non-linear learning. The contents of the knowledge platform are presented to the users in a relational database. Multimedia applications like video files or audio files, graphics or animations illustrate the microtrainings.