Activities, Work Plan

 

Work packages

WP1 Vocational coordination

Aims of WP1 work-package can be summarised as: overall professional coordination of the project in order

•  to evaluate training needs,

•  to guarantee high level of professionalism in content - to select and commission of experts and research teams who will take responsibility for developing training materials in different topics within Computer Aided Engineering,

•  to ensure coherency between the elements of training materials to be produced by experts of different partners

•  to develop structuring schemes for creating different courses fitting to needs of specific target groups.

Role and tasks of partners: Vocational coordination will require active participation of all partners, coordination tasks will be done b y the Contractor. All partners and even wider range of professionals will be involved in the Course development plan, and in supervising and refining of the course. As Computer Aided Engineering should be considered a dynamically developing interdisciplinary field of engineering, Training Needs Analysis on an international scale is required for providing continuous support to the course developers in order to face to the newest challenges, development of the interested fields.

WP1 is divided into the following activities:

WP1.1 Preparation of Course development and delivery plan

WP1.2 Supervision of training materials and course delivery

WP1.3 Final evaluation of training materials and methodology

WP2 Certification system and Content development

Aims: This work-package represents core of our project activities: curriculum and certification system development will also include development of some sample training materials in the field of CAE. Focusing on the advanced, innovative technologies and research tools, complexity of performance properties and required system approach when applying CAE in different sectors of industry. This WP serves as the scene and major tool of Knowledge Transfer, resulting in the most measurable products of the project, as listed in the Table of Measurable Outcomes.

Role and tasks of partners: Practically all partners are involved more or less in these activities, professionally coordinated by WP1, administratively by WP7, but also all other WPs will have mutual interconnections with it, providing methodological support for course developers (WP3), feedback information from piloting (WP5) and dissemination (WP6) activities, or guidelines from QA system (WP6). The University of Miskolc will coordinate ramifying activities of WP2.

Subcontracts in this WP will include professional supervising of content elements, production of specific training material element (e.g. video recording of industrial examples), external audit, as well as ICT consulting.

Content development is divided into the following activities:

WP2.1 Training system development for achieving certificate in Computer Aided Engineering (CAE). Parallel development of two modules, both including 6 units for 6 hours learning as core materials, in the form of different, interactive deliverables as hypertext lessons with links and glossary, video lectures, multimedia case studies and illustrations, tests and exercises.

WP2.2 Development of learners' and Tutors' guides, preparation training for international delivery and tutoring

WP2.3 Development of a Feasibility study on multipurpose utilisation of e-learning methodology and materials - including different target groups as undergraduate on and off-campus students, postgraduate courses and cont. education courses – priority will be given to develop a special certificate system for engineering refreshment/ continuing education , targeting practitioners, engineers wishing to improve their employability and SMEs wishing to improve their economical competitiveness via integrating advanced IT solutions into their engineering practice.

WP3 e-learning system design and production

Aims of WP3 is to use the most advanced ODL methodology, offering effective learning possibilities for international learners by applying 3 rd generation e-learning tools and methods. WP3 will be responsible for all these methodological aspects and will produce the electronic learning environment, including all elements produced by WP2 content development. Not only the easy accessibility of training units will be supported this way, but encouraging learners for collaborative learning, forming networks of learners, tutors and industrial promoters are important aspects and key elements in this innovative international vocational training system. All the activities requiring special ODL methodological support and professional application of Information Communication Technology (ICT) are integrated into this WP3.

Role and tasks of partners: This work package is coordinated by the e-Collegium Foundation. As reliability and accessibility are key factors in on-line, WEB based course delivery, close cooperation between the course provider and the IT provider is essential. All other partners, but mainly those, offering pilot-courses as part of WP5 activity will support WP3 by giving feedback information for refinement.

Subcontracts in this WP will include main y ICT adaptation consultancy and additionally production by external supplier and external audit.

WP3 involves the following activities:

WP3.1 Development of e-methodology for multilingual delivery, with special emphasis on reusability and interoperability

WP3.2 Development of e-learning framework for multilingual delivery (language adaptation of navigation tools)

WP3.3 Staff training and continuous support for course editors

WP3.4 Maintenance of e-learning framework for piloting

WP4 Language adaptation

Aims of WP4 is to prepare the various language versions (EN, HU, RO, PL, SK) of the developed material. This will serve a wider possibility for the certification system delivery as well as for piloting.

Role and tasks of partners: The coordination of this work package will be done by Politechical University Timisoara (P7). Active part will take in this work package the concerned partners, as Politechnical University Gdansk (P5), Plasmaterm (P6), Technical University Kosice (P8). The tasks of the partner instotutions are partly the translation and mainly the adaptation and professional control.

Subcontracts in this WP will include translation.

WP4.1 Translation of certification guidelines and selected parts of training materials to RO (4 blocks), PL and SK languages (2-2 blocks)

WP4.2 Language adaptation of navigation tools of the learning environment

WP4.3 Trials for analysing interoperability and compatibility of the applied e-learning system (COEDU) and other local systems at partner institutions.

WP Piloting/Course management  

Aims: Due to the mentioned rapid prototyping methodology of course development, our project will include 3 cycles of “Course development ? testing in a pilot phase ? refinement”. However all pilot phases will not only test the results of previous development and refinement period, but will also test, how the course may fit the needs and circumstances of different target groups.

Role and tasks of partners: Partners having key role and tasks in this WP are listed below, their collaboration will be coordinated by the University of Miskolc . Electronic learning environment, IT solutions and services for all pilot courses will be provided by WP3, using COEDU, a complex, advanced e-learning system, preferably used by HE institutions in Hungary and strong interest for usage has been declared by several MISSION partners involved in e-Collegium, CEE ODL networking.

WP5.1 Piloting 1 st phase ) – testing of 1+1 blocks in two, independent, different test groups

•  at Szent Istvan University of Godollo (P1), by on-campus students in blended learning approach, bi-lingual training materials and delivery as EN/HU - having easy accessibility to Internet and face-to-face support and tutoring by content developers

•  in EN, master version, by practitioners from UK SMEs, coordinated by AdSurfEng Ltd. (P9)

WP5.2 Piloting 2 nd phase - mixed target groups , testing of 2+2 blocks, multilingual (EN/HU/RO) version, collaborative approach , 3 languages

•  at both Romanian partners, Plasmaterm (P6) and Timisoara Univ. ( P7), in EN/HU/RO

•  at University of Miskolc (P3), bi-lingual training materials delivered in EN/HU

WP5.3 Piloting 3 rd phase - International Piloting, collaborative approach – delivered at 8 partners , 5 languages

•  further 3+3 blocks in EN/HU at P1 and P3

•  further 2+2 blocks in EN/HU/RO, at P6 and P7

•  1+1 blocks delivered in EN/PL and EN/SK at P5 and P8

•  1+1 blocks in EN, by UK practitioners, SMEs at P9, P10.

WP6 Quality management (assurance/accreditation/certification) and dissemination  

Aims: Recognising its importance a separate work-package focuses on Quality management and Dissemination & Marketing aiming at providing long term sustainability for project results and collaboration beyond the life-cycle of the project.

Quality Management is considered from two aspects: QA of the development phase, practically within the project life-time and QA as a system to be developed for the long-term dissemination of the courses, beyond the life-cycle of the project.

As all these activities will be integrated elements of other activities and WPs, no direct outcome of this activity is expected. Whereas other aspect of QA, as well as certification/copyright issues require more centralised, definite actions, involving the following aims and activities:

WP6.1 Preparation of QA manual for supporting long-term, regular delivery of the international course

WP6.2 Development of international accreditation and certification plan, IPR and copyright agreement

Dissemination and provision of long-term sustainability based on powerful marketing strategy and effective marketing tools are also considered as having exceptional importance - subgroups and activities within these tasks are the followings:

WP6.3 Dissemination at local and international level – in loca/regional level potential users will be targeted through employers and Chamber of Commerce on a local level within each partner country, and use of public media for promoting achievements (including television and radio press releases) will ensure that potential users are made aware of the product and its potential benefits. Additionally the Romanian partner owns a local television station which broadcast in the area of Timisoara and where results at different stages will be shown.

WP6.4 Development of long-term marketing strategies and plans – based on the results of Feasibility study, as to be developed in WG2.

WP7 Project management and coordination  

Aims of Project management and coordination work package are to support all other WPs for implementing their objectives – however a separate WP dedicated to the project management and coordination seems to be advisable as it makes easier the financial and managerial monitoring. All those activities which show significant overlapping to the different WPs need special managerial handling may be categorised into this WP, e.g. all international travels, Meetings, Workshops – all serving for nearly the full range of project activities.

Role and tasks of partners: E-Collegium as coordinating organisation is responsible for coordination of this WP, all partners are involved in implementation. The promoting institution ( Szent István University ) is responsible for the contact with the European Commission.

No subcontract planned in this work package.

Activities of WP7 may be defined as:

WP7.1 General management and coordination (monitoring, reporting, financial management)

WP7.2 Organisation of Coordination meetings and Workshops