Title Driver Instructor Education 2.0
Project Number DE/09/LLP-LdV/TOI/147236
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Marketing Text The aim of the transfer project was to advance the driver instructor education in selected European countries (Germany, Belgium, Austria) by implementing web 2.0-supported video and internet technologies. For this a specially developed internet platform as well as experiences from the field of sports have been used.
Summary On the level of practical driver instructor education a technology-based fostering of competence-focused learning with reflexive and situated elements (aim: instruction development) have taken place. This technical-didactic innovation is not only supposed to advance the professional and instructional competence but also to provoke an organizational professionalization. The applied educational technologies can enhance the exchange of knowledge among colleagues or support transnational quality development through the assessment of good practices (aim: knowledge and quality management). The project was supported scientifically by the University of the German Federal Armed Forces in Munich (aim: evaluation). The European Driving Schools Association was in charge of the project from a professional perspective and has promoted its distribution (aim: dissemination).
The demands for professional skills of driving instructors have significantly expanded in recent years. Today, driver instructors do not only have to process scientific-technological knowledge according to the specific situation but also need to be able to be self-reflective and need to have coaching competence (e.g. MERIT project) as well as management skills (e.g. quality assurance). In this profile of requirements the use of digital media as used in current web 2.0 applications (this includes the associated constructivist didactics) are still irrelevant in respective recommendations and guidelines. Over the last years, driving schools have equipped themselves with beamer, laptop/PC and video. However, this “mechanization” affects only theoretical instruction and often replicates an ex-cathedra teaching.
This project applied to the practical driver instructor education: The goal was to professionalize the driver instructor education by implementing web 2.0-based video and internet technology using a specially developed internet portal which originates from the field of sports (e.g. MERIT project, coaching strategies). The focus lied on the reflection of the driving and coaching performance of the driver instructor candidates. To actively foster the reflection performance, the driver instructors were requested to highlight and comment specific scenes in their own videos based on time-stamps. All video comments were saved in a personal e-portfolio to foster the competency development. From an organizational perspective, such a video accompanied coaching includes the possibility for quality and knowledge management. The project’s aim was to test first approaches and possibilities of a transnational exchange of knowledge to foster a cooperative development of quality.
As a result a job-related internet portal in the field of driver instructor education has been implemented. In the context of a scientific evaluation, experts from the field of e-learning and knowledge management conducted feasibility and impact studies and documented their evaluation results in a evaluation report. Within this project, the potentials of media respectively web 2.0 based driver instructor education have been focused for the first time. This was a novelty for this occupational group. Regarding training driving schools as well the political level of the professional association the added value of the educational technologies (web 2.0) for the promotion of professional skills and instruction quality have been indicated and anchored in practice with selected partners.
Utilization and distribution of results
Open and distance learning
Information and Communication
Administrative and Support Service Activities
Transportation and Storage
Professional, Scientific and Technical Activities
open and distance learning
material for open learning
transparency and certification
Product information Within the framework of the EU project a web 2.0-supported video- and internet portal hase been adapted and provided (transfer project) to the context of driver instructor education. Besides the mere technology the portal contains instruction videos, i.e. didactic support, that explain how you can use the portal for an advanced reflection. All evaluation results of the project have been documented in the evaluation report.