Title Operational Port Training Models Using Simulators - OPTIMUS
Project Number 142543-2008-ES-LEONARDO-LMP
Project Type Development of Innovation
Country EU-Centralised Projects
Marketing Text The main objective of the OPTIMUS project is to create a common simulation training model for all european port facilities, in order to standardize the training techniques applied to the staff.
Summary The OPTIMUS project aims at developing a new approach for the design, performance and evaluation of simulation-based training activities in the port and logistics sector. Many EU ports and logistics facilities are using devices that simulate the driving and manoeuvring of goods-handling vehicles for training activities, but each one is currently adopting different methodologies and training paths, without any standardization among them. The OPTIMUS project aims at filling the existing gaps among EU ports in simulation-based training by developing and experimenting a common European approach on how-to-apply simulation techniques and devices for the operational training of port and logistic sector staff, specifically by: a) developing and testing standardized guidelines and methodologies for designing simulation-based training actions; b) standardizing and implementing performance evaluation procedures and a common system of skills recognizing; c) developing effective web-based and computer-based learning contents for reaching an optimal use of simulators in operational port training actions. To do so, OPTIMUS has been directed at producing concrete outcomes: 1) Trainers manual “Guidelines and methodologies for Vocational Training in the port sector using simulators”; 2) Evaluators manual “Performance evaluation of simulation-based systems and training actions”; 3) Web-based e-learning platform; 4) Web-based and Computer based learning contents, one for each professional profile involved in port related operations; 5) On-line distance learning activities and pilot actions; 6) Web portal for exchanging information; 7) Dissemination material and conferences.A global approach to simulation in port and logistic training sector has never been developed: the OPTIMUS project aims at filling this gap by mixing methodologies and technologies, fostering innovation and providing concrete outcomes for a wide variety of final users. OPTIMUS results will optimize the use of simulators for training, with positive effects both for Training Providers and for Learners, improving also the development of HRs and the quality and effectiveness of the services offered by the companies operating in this sector.
The OPTIMUS project aims at filling the existing gaps between EU ports in the simulation-based training, by developing, testing and disseminating a common European approach on how-to-apply simulation techniques and devices for the operational training of port and logistic sector workers. This will be made through designing and testing standardized teaching methodologies and learning contents, implementing standard performance evaluation procedures, developing web-based and computer-based solutions for reaching an optimal use of simulators in operational port training activities.Project objectives and how to address them:
- Support Vocational Training providers: by developing and testing effective tools for those who want to establish training activities using simulators and need some guidelines to help them to identify the proper equipments to be used and to apply the correct methodologies.
- Support Operational Workers in the port and logistic sector: by developing and testing, through pilot experiences, web-based and computer-based learning contents capable to guiding the trainees in their way to upgrade their skills through simulation techniques.
- Support VT and HRs development policies of companies operating in the port and logistic sector: by establishing a system of professional profiles skills evaluation, combining the results of performance evaluation procedures with specific surveys on port professions.
- Foster innovation: by establishing a system (manuals, guidelines, procedures, web and computer based learning contents, e-learning platform) aimed at favouring the adoption of simulators in the VT sector.
- Favour the project results adoption: specific dissemination and exploitation initiatives are foreseen, not only sharing information about the project results, but also trying to establish exploitation policies both with the local port communities and other European ports and organizations.
- Encourage the transition from traditional on-the-job training towards innovative and measurable methodologies, making up a system that will address the needs of:
Equitability: providing quality learning whatever the profile of the trainee
Measurability: making available methodologies for objectively measuring the trainees performance and reaction capabilities
Homogeneity: same level of teaching and learning quality across the time
Adaptability: according to technical requirements, the training process can evolve for addressing new needs
Transparency: allowing the monitoring of the training process and the progress of the trainees.
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