Title "E-Child": Online Multilanguage Vocational Training Course on Children's Ergonomics for Products Designers"
Project Number 517869-LLP-2011-ES-LEONARDO-LMP
Project Type Development of Innovation
Country EU-Centralised Projects
Marketing Text e-CHILD project aims to create, implement and set the basis for the exploitation of a new online training course in children ergonomics applied to product development addressed to design professionals.
Children’s ergonomics gather all the needs derived from the child-product interaction including physical (fitting, anthropometry and growth), physiological (thermal comfort), motor aspects (adaptation to movements), psychological (cognitive capacity), or any combination of them (usability and safety). Children’s ergonomic needs significantly differ from adults’ ones. Moreover, since birth to adolescence, these needs evolve and change along with their development process.
The fulfilment of the particular interaction requirements of children and parents might bring a great opportunity for European industries developing products addressed to children (e.g. footwear, apparel, childcare, furniture, textiles or carriage), which gather over 10.000 companies and employ 350.000 people.
In this sense, over last years, product differentiation strategies followed in these sectors have been focused in assuring products’ safety (i.e. compliance with the raising European safety standards). However, they no longer provide an advantage for safety since they have to compete with cheaper products from overseas competitors.
During DESIGN4CHILDREN project, the analysis of companies’ competitiveness revealed that, despite scientific sources are available (e.g. databases, bibliography, scientific studies or research results), in practice, design teams of European SMEs find difficult to introduce ergonomic innovations beyond safety because they lack of specific training and competences on how to design for children. SMEs are limited to each company’s know-how and to the individual experience of designers, mainly gained over trial-and-error experiences of previous product releases.
Since innovation capabilities of companies rely on the competences and skills of their workforce, e-CHILD project aims to create, implement and set the basis for the exploitation of a new online training course in children ergonomics applied to product development addressed to design professionals.
Description The overall aim of this project is the development of the contents and the implementation of an online course that assures the European designers an education and training in ergonomics applied to children enabling them to match the product innovation needs of the children’s products industries. The e-learning tool resulting from the project will be available in two formats: via on-line and distributed by USB (requiring internet connections for the follow-up activities) in 7 languages (English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Bulgarian, and Finnish) to increase acceptance of the course and students’ achievement.
Utilization and distribution of results
Open and distance learning
Product information The new materials developed will provide designers with knowledge and skills in up-to-date methods for the application of children’s ergonomics and eco-design criteria to their product development activities that will lead to an increase of competitiveness of the European companies leaning on a highly skilled and knowledge-based workforce.