Title Blended Learning course on Measurement Uncertainty for advanced vocational training
Project Number 2011-1-PL1-LEO05-19870
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Marketing Text In the project MUVOT, an offer for advanced vocational training on measurement uncertainty was developed to impart the required competences to employees working in metrology. The training offer is based on a Blended Learning concept, thus allowing the adaptation to individual knowledge and skills by self-controlled learning of theoretical content as well as the practical application of the often complex methods. Additionally, by this approach a combination of advanced training and working is possible - thus supporting the implementation of Life Long Learning in new areas.
Measurement results build the basis for numerous decisions in the field of control technology, production automatisation or product development. Therefore, knowledge about the gathering and interpretation of measurement results together with a profound understanding for relevant influences on the measurement result are essential skills for all employees working in manufacturing metrology. A lack of knowledge in this area causes severe economic damage due to disagreements in customer-supplier relationships. For the correct handling of measurement results, it is necessary to have knowledge about metrological processes as well as about the evaluation of measurement results and the determination of measurement uncertainty.
In the project SAM-EMU (142922-LLP-1-2008-1-PL-ERASMUS-ECDEM), web-based eLearning content has been developed to impart this topic to students in universities. The Used Needs Analysis conducted in the project showed, that there is also strong demand for an adequate learning offer among employees in industry, but that most employees are not familiar with new methods of vocational education, such as eLearning, and that practical exercises and a possibility for direct exchange with the tutor and other learners are desired. Also, fundamental skills are often lower among typical employees than among students, especially English language, mathematical skills, self-organizing competence and information competence. Therefore, to make the developed content usable for employees in industry, it was on the one hand necessary to translate it into national languages and adapt the existing material to a lower basic level of knowledge and on the other hand to develop additional elements of training to enable employees to participate in this new, self-guided learning form.
During the MUVOT project, the available content of SAM-EMU was adapted to the specific requirements of the target group by the project consortium, featuring partners from six countries that are active in vocational training for metrology. This includes first of all the translation to national languages and the amendment of the now purely web-based course by materials for face-to-face workshops. Additionally, some new content was provided which is of specific relevance for the industrial application of knowledge about measurement uncertainty and was requested from interested participants. Thus, as immediate outcome of the project, adapted and translated course materials for a Blended Learning based training offer are available.
During the conduction of pilot courses, the quality of developed materials was examined and adaptations for the further improvement were undertaken. Also, the consortium aimed to establish the developed training offer in the respective national frameworks for vocational training. On a long term, this shall contribute to the initiation of a well-funded, commonly acknowledged and European harmonized vocational education of metrologists.
In the project existing learning content about measurement uncertainty was edited and expanded to fit the requirements of employees working in industrial metrology. This technical and didactical optimisation should satisfy the requirements of the representatives of this target group. Their education is built upon industrial training.
The results of this user analysis show the special needs of the following aspects
- Expansion of e-earning content to „blended-learning“,
- Translation of e-earning content in the native language of the participants,
- Addition of practical parts.
In this project the special attention to the following aspects was paid:
- LEO-TraInno-7:Within the project a grid is developed which makes it easier to the participants who have today no good access to learning material and delivers thus a contribution to the lifelong learning as well as supports the use of modern learning forms.
- SpObj-b, OpObj2, OpObj3: The project can serve to extend and to harmonise the education for measuring engineers.
- SpObj-a, OpObj-6: The curriculum, the learning materials and the didactic directives which were developed for the introduction of the training participants to the new learning methods are made so they can be adapted and used for similar projects of this kind.
Recognition, transparency, certification
Open and distance learning
Professional, Scientific and Technical Activities
program or curricula
open and distance learning
Didactic directives for the realisation of blended learning courses are given. The course contents is offered on an e-learning platform and is accessible through internet. Furthermore, some actions were taken to integrate the project results into national training networks.
A curriculum and learning modules have been developed for the treatment of the subject Measuring uncertainty. Besides the eLearning content, presence-based modules have been developed such as workshops learning contents or learning material.
Translations of the html-learning modules have been carried out into national languages of the project partners.