Teaching Modules for VET Students
The training modules for VET students are supposed to be components for successfully coping with the challenges of the working world 4.0. They shall be exemplary for different competences. Moreover, they shall be transferable into several sectors and cover the needs of all involved partner countries. At the same time they will have to be concretized in a way that they are to be used in VET contexts from different students in different countries. Four modules shall be offered on a free platform (OER), a broad external use is intended. The concrete content of these modules depends on the results of the competences analysis. The will use Open Source, public domain (OER - open education resources) platforms and further development must be possible. The concrete construction of the training modules will assess cross section competences (e.g. systemic thinking, knowledge management), IT competences (e.g. data analysis, working with databases) and sectoral competences.
Possible examples to concretize the modules for VET students are:
a) Developing a model installation including guidance for reproduction; the development can take place in a virtual working group with VET students from different countries and the result could e.g. be printed and tested locally by a 3D printer.
b) Modelling a smart grid (smart grid as part od the internet of things) in order to prepare VET students from industry and SME for the work in complex and interconnected systems. The view of energy providers as well as the one of the consumers will be considered.
c) Customer orientation during the whole life-cycle of a product: Developing a learning module that includes the whole value-added chain along the life-cycle of a product. Therefor this learning module supports competences needed to manage, process and monitor the interaction of 4.0 value-added chains.
A feedback/evaluation of the users will have to be possible as support for further development. Together with the project partners it will have to be decided in which way these training modules are to be assessed and how they can be certified. Data protection as well as safety and risk analysis of possible products have to be considered. Assessment instruments will have to be developed as basis for certification. A certification is necessary in order to have the modules Europe-wide usable and recognized. A certificate about special competences with regard to the digitized working world will be an added value for the trainees. New ways of assessment for new ways of learning will be necessary, thus multidimensional assessments and sample solutions will be offered. If possible, the newly developed competences will be added to existing competence matrices so that they can be used in Europe-wide mobilities using the THEME database (www.theme-eu.net).
- Choice of important competences necessary for the working world 4.0 according to the competences profile.
- Constituting working groups which work out the modules in detail, i.e. concrete assignment of tasks, choice of adaequate methods, preparation of the input materials, etc.
- Developing the modules in different working groups with members of different countries on a virtual platform. This conctretization will be done in close connection with companies, following companies are ready to support the project: RWE Power AG, Kautex Textron GmbH.
- The drafts of the modules will be discussed in an advisory board or in country-specific advisory boards (to be decided within the consortium) with experts and stakeholders, e.g. members of chambers, trade unions, examination boards.
- Testing the modules with students.
- Evaluating and revising the modules.
- Publishing the modules.