Title MC4VED Mass Customization for Vocational Education
Project Number DE/09/LLP-LdV/TOI/147203
Product Deltion College Newsflash: "Engineering and Design sector introduces new methodology"
Title Deltion College Newsflash: "Engineering and Design sector introduces new methodology"
Product Type distribution methods
Fourteen members of staff from the Engineering and Design sector spent a week in Germany, during which FESTO introduced them to Mass Customization.
The motivation for the visit to the Landesakademie further training institute in Esslingen, Germany, was the start of the international project MC4VED: Mass Customization for Vocational Education, a Transfer of Innovation project. In collaboration with Deltion College and institutes in Slovenia, Austria and Denmark, the pneumatic and electric power technology firm FESTO has started developing educational methods in line with the Mass Customization principle, which is an alternative school of thought in education.
As Deltion College would like to see a considerable number of students pass their training course, it is offered in a flexible and customised manner. Within the established parameters, students are free to choose the modules that make up their course, which means the institution must offer learning materials for a number of modules.
In the Engineering and Design sector they are working on giving shape to this methodology, which is believed to meet the wishes of the students better , which is flexible and takes into consideration the wishes of the professional community. Mass Customization allows the institution to offer a wide range of flexible practical modules. In Germany examples of Mass Customization were shown in practice at the firms FESTO, Eisenmann and Bosch. The firms themselves provide the students with practical training and the theoretical components are provided by the vocational schools in Göppingen and Sindelfingen in consultation with the businesses. At the Landesakademie, B. J. Engels, K. Nikkels and J. Lamberts presented suggestions in German for the future of education in the Engineering and Design sector.
Target group Teachers and trainers of vocational eduction
The innovative modular education system will be developed further by the project group, led by H. v. d. Kolk and B. Stomps. In mid June 2010, Deltion College will host a meeting of the project partners, who will each present their results.
The visit was informative for all involved and enabled the participants to better develop the themed modular approach within the Engineering and Design sector.
Area of application Teaching and training in the engineering and design sectors of vocational education and training.