Title Innovative Online Vocational Training of Renewable Energy Technologies
Project Number 2011-1-IE1-LEO05-03581
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Marketing Text Heat pump systems are one of the most efficient heating systems available. However, these efficiencies are only achievable as long as the systems are properly designed and installed. A recent study shows that badly installed heat pump systems have resulted in 87% of these systems under-performing. Notwithstanding, heat pump systems offer the greatest reduction of CO2 emissions of any single technology. The challenge therefore is to provide state of the art training in heat pump system installation. The INNOVRET project used the innovative CbKST methodology for content development and delivery, engaged with a state of the art, interactive online energy facility. The resultant toolset supports personalised/adaptive learning and assures a deep penetration of high quality industry relevant content. It was validated through the training of a number of heat pump installers.
INNOVRET addressed the training and up-skilling needs of installers and maintenance personnel in the world of work in heat pump systems. This was achieved by:
• Leveraging experience in online learning and pedagogical models from previous projects.
• Applying these proven methodologies to the online training of heat pump systems in the state of the art online energy laboratory.
• Developing industry relevant content and case studies.
• Developing industry relevant loading scenarios for heat pumps in the online training facility using live and archived data (from the data points collected daily throughout the college).
• Validating the content with end users.
• Disseminating and commercially exploiting the findings.
INNOVRET was a European project co-funded by the Leonardo da Vinci programme. It started in 2011 and had a 24 month duration. The consortium comprised experts on heat pump systems, in the academic field, in online training, the world of work and industrial organisations.
All partners were trained in the innovative aspects of the project (CbKST - TUG and online energy lab - GMIT), end users were met on different occasions and focus groups were organised to identify installers' needs and required content for the training programme. The INNOVRET website was up, Moodle was installed, the online energy lab and the CbKST learning support tools were integrated with Moodle. The learning objects were created using the CbKST methodology and were uploaded. A large number of users were enrolled for testing purposes. The project was widely disseminated according to INNOVRET's dissemination and exploitation strategy. An application for accreditation of the programme has been submitted. A number of training session on the CbKST were run for the GMIT staff.
At least two more training session on the CbKST will be run for the GMIT staff post-project.
Open and distance learning
Electricity, Gas, Steam and Air Conditioning Supply
Other Service Activities
program or curricula
open and distance learning
material for open learning
Product information The final product is an accredited training programme for heat pump installers. It is addressed to self-regulated learners and features adaptive content and assessment, which is based on the Competence based Knowledge Space Theory (CbKST).