Title E-Training Microsystems Technologies - mSysTech
Project Number LLP-LdV/ToI/2008/RO/003
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Marketing Text The shortage of engineers in micro- nano-systems and the systematic decrease of students in electronics at the university can be a threat to the European economy competitiveness. In the 21st century the high level research is increasingly complex and interdisciplinary. There are very few individual research teams, laboratories or companies that can reasonably claim to be able to respond to the technological challenges. The Internet courses within the mSysTech project will provide new opportunities for co-operation between vocational training institutions, universities and SMEs in the sharing of knowledge and educational resources.
Summary This project is aimed at adapting and integrating innovative performance-centred training approach and courses from previous Leonardo da Vinci and Socrates/Minerva projects, into vocational education and training organisations and SMEs in micro-systems Technologies. The focus is on the transfer of innovation in two new countries: Romania and Bulgaria and in the multidisciplinary area of micro-systems.
The primary target groups concerned are: professionals from SME in electronics and micro-systems, students in engineering education and vocational schools, educated but unemployed people (e.g. engineers, physicists) looking for additional training for employment.
The mSysTech project features well-balanced partnerships in terms of organisations involved and expertise required. The partners with different expertises are involved: in the subject matter, in instructional design and evaluation, in programming, in eLearning environment development, in teaching and training. It involves representatives of all target groups: training organisation, universities, SMEs of the sector of microelectronics and micro-systems manufacturing from four European countries.
In mSysTech the performance-centred job-linked training approach will be used and the selected content from complete set of courses covering microelectronics design, technology and packaging of IPCI project will by adapted and up-dated for the needs of Romanian and Bulgarian electronic sector and education. The new learning materials on the micro-systems and the evolution of nanosystems after the end of IPCI will be developed and exploited by all project partners, as well by the partners from IPCI who are not in the mSysTech partnership. Within OnLineMath&Sciences a learning platform for stand-alone learning, simulations, group-working at a distance was created, full courses in mathematics and sciences for the first two years of university education were designed and implemented in the regular curricula. In mSysTech project we will select the Java applets for simulation of selected content, Scenari for the design of new multimedia materials in micro-system technology.
Utilization and distribution of results
Open and distance learning
procedure for the analysis and prognosis of the vocational training requirement
open and distance learning
material for open learning
The expected impact of the project to which objectives are oriented is:
Satisfied training needs of the staff in SMEs in the sector of micro- and nano-electronics for short term with accessible on-line and delivered on-the-job training just in time when the user needs a support;
Up-to-date courses in the most rapidly developing science available for technical university and vocational school students in a job-linked training environment will prepare better the future engineers and technicians for their job
The Romanian and Bulgarian vocational education practices will be enriched by the innovative e-learning system with the courses in the most rapidly developing sciences of micro-systems and nanoelectronics being the basis of the eSociety. They will be useful for all vocational schools with courses on electronics in the two countries, the technical universities providing education in electronics, but the most important impact is on the training systems in the regenerating electronics industry in Romania and Bulgaria;
There are also broader benefits to the whole higher and vocational education sector in particular: the project will improve perceptions of the new task-oriented learning materials and the self-confidence in their use; inter-institutional and inter-disciplinary collaboration will be fostered.