Title e-Learning WebTV for Textile Testing Laboratory
Project Number 504714-LLP-1-2009-PT-LEONARDO-LMP
Project Type Development of Innovation
Country EU-Centralised Projects
Marketing Text The use of e-Learning WebTV means the development of e-Learning and uses the most advanced multimedia tools with high-definition videos, practical laboratory tests and evaluation of high-quality content that meets the needs of all trainees.The contents available to learners provided a total interactivity in a real work environment with videos on the move which, step by step, the trainees saw and heard explanations, providing, a comfortable and flexible training experience always at their own rhythm.
LabTV, a training TV in the internet
Whitin the e-learning and knowledge activity related to the relevant technical contents’ development to reply to the necessities of the textile and clothing industries it was created LabTV - e-learning WebTV for Textile Testing Laboratory an European project, funded by the European Commission, through the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) through the Lifelong Learning Programme – Leonardo da Vinci: Multilateral for 2009 and 2011.
The use of an e-Learning WebTV means the development of e-Learning and uses the most advanced multimedia tools with high-definition videos, laboratory tests, and evaluation of high-quality content.
The available contents intended to promote a total interactivity in a real working environment, in a step by step perspective, where all trainees saw and heard the explanations, providing a comfortable and flexible training experience always at the rhythm of each one.
Training with LabTV intended to be engaging and interactive, and included standards and procedures supplied by the video, presentations, and instructions from live video, capture of screen, presentations, chat, message board, link library, e-mail, assessments and other knowledge resources.
This initiative aimed to provide to different stakeholder, creative and effective solutions to optimize knowledge, making it an organizational asset, including through: knowledge transfer to companies and agents by providing resources and tools in knowledge about the textile and clothing industry; development of contents and applications aimed at improving processes and services.
LabTV was addressed to a subject matter where the training offer is very small, either at national and international level. The use of virtual environments from the perspective of knowledge acquisition and application through self-learning is not widespread. This project represented an original contribute once this type of working tool was based in an interactive process using the information technologies. The main aim was to build an e-Learning WebTV that focused on the Quality Control in Textiles, using the most advanced multimedia tools with high-definition videos, practical laboratory tests, and evaluation among others. The contents available to learners provide a total interactivity in a real work environment with videos where the learner’s can see and hear explanations, providing a comfortable and flexible training experience always at their own rhythm.
The e-Learning WebTV provide a unique experience, difficult to achieve with the traditional system of learning in the classroom. The training with the e-Learning WebTV was engaging and interactive, included instructions from live video, chat, link library, e-mail and assessments in order to maximize the learner experience on the learning process.
The constant development of the tools used was a continuous need and imperative for the educational success. Allowing a cooperative construction of knowledge, so that the various actors contributed together and that the user also became author and not just a passive receiver. For instance, the use of forums, chats and live meetings allowed the learner to be himself a content creator and easily and quickly make it available to all the other training participants. Also offered user-friendly interfaces, so that the user learn and explore the resources quickly and easily. The diversity of the learning tools and resources that facilitate the construction of knowledge was monitored and validated in a more close and effective way. All the system features were tested and validated by almost 100 testers in total.
Sites like YouTube, Google Videos, Vimeo, Daily Motion and Soapbox, are the most recently phenomenon explored in the information dissemination in educational environment, because they provide learning spaces richer and further encouragement for learners to share ideas and experiences and also to develop their critical capacity by the created stimulus. Raising learning based in video, the textile tests were presented in high definition so that the quality and graphics definition of the same constituted an added value in terms of knowledge and learning.
By making use of videos, the learning contents were multi-sensory: we remember 50% of what we see and hear, compared to 10% of what we read becoming a more dynamic and involving process, improving performance in professional activities and increasing learning results. When professionals learn by seeing videos or listen podcasts, their comprehension and retention are superior to the usual learning practices.
Like other Web 2.0 capabilities, podcast, despite having its genesis in the radio environment revealed to be an excellent educational resource and a gateway to interesting new technologies in training.
In LabTV the learners could download audio files previously saved with the full description of the various textile tests developed in the project.
The project was oriented, specifically, to companies' needs, supporting in the decision process during critical situations, in a cognitive and emotional plan. This project promoted training in areas that are as vital as specific to industries, supporting also the development and transfer of innovative ICT based contents, services, pedagogies and best practices. All the tests presented on the videos were previously sent to the textile and clothing companies and represent their choice and the experience of the technological centers partners in the project that collected all the information and crossed it with the tests that were developed during the last years in order to have relevant contents to the sector. This way, the information available has all the interest to the textile and clothing industries.
In order to transform all this information available in an attractive learning device, the partnership developed an e-Learning WebTV with different features that engaged the learner in a more effective learning process where knowledge is, style and rhythm were respected and his availability is a concern. All the features within the system were tested and validated on an evaluation process that took over a year, testing it in different moments and different ways to better suite the sector needs.
Open and distance learning
Professional, Scientific and Technical Activities
open and distance learning
program or curricula
material for open learning
LabTV – e-Learning WebTV for Textile Testing Laboratory, represent an original contribute once this type of working tool was based in an interactive process using the information technologies. The use of e-Learning WebTV means the development of e-Learning and uses the most advanced multimedia tools with high-definition videos, practical laboratory tests and evaluation. The contents available for trainers provide a total interactivity in a real work environment with videos on the move which, step by step, the trainees can see and hear explanations, providing a comfortable and flexible training experience.
At the “System Specification” on the work-package 1, a wide range of activities were performed, the user’s style and rhythm of learning, needs, the selection of the most appropriate pedagogic methodology, as also a technical analysis to the system and the interface design. So during this work-package was made a Report on survey diagnoses of needs, rhythm & learning style, where was defined a Pedagogic Methodology for e-Learning WebTV, as also a Training Curriculum. The main goal was to define what learning contents and validate them on an European level and also to define what were the features of the learning webTV and their utility, usefulness and value.
The work-package 2 “Instructional Design” aimed at the definition of the pedagogic design and storyboard development, describing how the contents were presented in terms of information and interactivity, according the various pedagogic approaches. The Report on Pedagogic Design resume all this processes representing the pedagogical concerns that were followed while the development of the learning management system of the Lab TV project. The main goal was to show how the Lab TV project had taken in consideration the features of a traditional Learning Management System to the system developed for the project and also all the concerns with the pedagogical features, with the learning process, with the assessments among other features.
In this phase wasalso where were set operational objectives related to the diagnosis and project objectives, content and training duration, media to used, as well as the training strategies, among other features.
Finally we can also find a list of documents that were used for supporting the learning process. Documents as: attending lists; surveys; learning testes; among others that helped the development of the training device and constituted an asset to the development of the training course. All these deliverables can be found with more detail in different documents were all the major conclusions and outcomes of the project are explained in detail.
“Development and Production” was the aim of the work-package 3, and it was where the partnership have created all the contents (videos, script, podcast, etc), characterizing the different chemical and physical tests made to textile products. All the learning resources were made in four languages, English, Portuguese, Spanish and Lithuanian and can be easily found in www.textilelab.tv. These learning contents can be used in training devices, or even be used independently in real work contexts, or even in coaching processes.
The work-package 4 “Piloting and Validation”, had as main activities the installation, the functional tests and its evaluation. Within this activity we pretended to validate at European level with a report of the new learning solution, the e-Learning WebTV. Using as a guide the Kirkpatrick Evaluation Methodology but analyzing it regarding the specifications of the project. On the Lab TV Evaluation Methodology we have analyzed two different points of view. We evaluated on the learners and peers point of view.
In each one of these points of view we have splited the analysis in three different moments, before, during and after the training process. When we analysed from the learners point of view we have considered different phases, such as: diagnosis; usability; expectations; learning; satisfaction; transfer and impact.
When we had analyzed on the peer point of view, we evaluated before training, regarding the instructional design of the system and learning contents, and during the training in order to get to know the level of satisfaction in dimensions such as Learning Objectives/Outcomes; Assessments and Measurements; Materials and Resources; Learner Interactions; Technology used; Learner Support and Accessibility.
In the “Dissemination and Valorization Plan”, work-package 5, was defined the activities, which main objective was the transference – appropriation, valorization and incorporation – of the innovative solutions, rendered in a new product, developed and experimented in real environment. The dissemination of the project and its results was made with the various means, although we want to point out the international workshop (1) that was held in Portugal with more than 300 attendants and the learning labs (3) which are held by the other partners in their native countries with the participation of about 51 attendants.
The work-package 6 - “Project Management” ensured an efficient management at both administrative and technical levels. The main tasks wich involved all the partners and its main purpose was to assure the quality of the work, and coordinate the scientific and technical elements, monitoring partner’s participation and filling out the tasks, as assigned in the planning and according to the requirements. So during this work-package was developed a Quality Management Plan, the Progress and Final Reports, and also the Intellectual Property Rights and Exploitation Results Agreement.
All these deliverables can be found with more detail in different and more specific documents were all the major conclusions and outcomes of the project are explained in detail gathering all the information collected during the project. To find this information, please take a look at www.textilelab.tv, in our products and files menus in ADAM Portal.
Taking in consideration the major goals of the LabTV project we can state that the outcomes achieved can effectively support individual development, while ensuring that each person can learn on their own rhythm according to their availability and whenever it seems necessary, because the WebTV is available 24/7. The knowledge transferred to the textile and clothing industries, provided specific content in textile quality control updated and distributed on the network and aimed to develop links between the classroom training programs and distance learning programs.