engAGEnt strongly represented at Köln’s Education Fair 2014

Within the framework of the Cologne Education Fair 2014, engAGEnt partners had a strong representation: A stand with informative material of the outcome of the engAGEnt project including permanent staff at the stand that gave advice to interested visitors. On Sunday, a sessions on « New professional perspectives in AAL » was given by Ed Mahood (DEKRA) and Dirk Sommermeyer (iAQ) in front of an interested audience.

Role Profiles for e-Learning professions on-line

As a results of the Lifelong Learning Project eVirtue, six e-Learning role profiles have been identified and referred to the European Qualifications Framework and the e-Competence Framework, for uniform application in the EU. The profiles are: 

  1. e-Learning Architect
  2. e-Learning Content Developer (one part of a broader teaching/training role)
  3. e-Learning Content Developer (full-time specialist)
  4. e-Learning Curriculum designer
  5. Online Tutor
  6. Virtual Classroom Facilitator

The definition of competences and skills will help Vocational Training Organisation to adapt their curricula to market needs, which will lead to better skilled persons that can bridge the skills gap in digital professions. 
For more information, visit e-Learning focus area or contact us

French e-Learning Excellence Awards

The french e-learning Excellence awards took place in Paris on June 19th 2014. Different categories were awarded :

Best training process : Job

Best training process  : Corpporate or Management

Best training process : Education

The jury Grand Prix 2014 was awarded to Vinci Park for Form’Box

IFCAM University from Credit Agricole was awarded for an e-learning process named NICE to guaranty to 21 millions clients service homogeneity

University of Versailles got the award for best Job process

Centrale School Lille received the award for Education for the ABC Project Management MOOC

29 Applications were selected for the event and a round up about e-learning tendances was presented ;

eCulture Skills Profiles on-line

The eCult Skills project published its 5 eCult Role Profiles in the cultural heritage sector:

  • Cultural ICT consultant
  • Cultural ICT Guide
  • Digital Cultural Assets Manager
  • Interactive Cultural Experience Developer, and
  • Online Cultural Community Manager.

If you are a vocational training organisation, a cultural heritage institution or another stakeholder in the area of eSkills for new jobs, we would like to invite you to evaluate these profiles against your experience and expertise. If you want to know more, contact us

Cultural and Creative Industry from Basque Country

Cultural and Creative Industry from Basque Country (Spanish and French) with Portugal gather together in an project to support employment in the cultural sector with development of technology transfer and support for training and employment. Transcreativa www.transcreativa.eu is co-funded by Eu through SUDOE Interreg IV B

Successful AAL Consultant Pilot Trainings organized by Wifi in Austria

The pilot training was conducted in Austria on June 12th and 13th, 2014.  Qualified health care workers and nurses in nursing home facilities, a coordinator of regional home health care, teaching staff from the health and medical care branch, an occupational therapist with college degree in Health Assistance Engineering and an education manager from the health field at WIFI Austria were invited to discuss the developed training programme.   
On the first day the curriculum of the project management team engAGEnt was introduced and the second day was spent by holding intensive discussions, gathering feedback and compiling suggestions. 
It became quite evident that in the Austrian health care branch, attention is already being focused upon ambient assisted living.  It does however, lack knowledge and information regarding:
1) Technical Innovation 
• Future course studies should therefore also allow for haptic/manual practice. 
• The focus should lie on future developments;  prospects for the future, innovation, and  recent developments need to be depicted – what currently exists is already known. 
2) Financing 
• What are the financial implications of things such as the implementation of AAL in public institutions (such as hospitals), other laws, policies and procurement?
• Which kind of funding and subsidy opportunities are available for the implementation of AAL measures in nursing home facilites? 
The results of the pilot training in Austria show that a great interest exists in AAL topics, evidenced by the increasing demand for the funding of AAL measures. At the same time however,  the discussions indicated that the target group for new AAL training programmes in Austria have to be reconsidered. In addition, it is necessary that these fields of activity be clearly defined, due to the rising opportunity currently being found in construction, trade and in safety & security consulting in new and renovated buildings. 
WIFI International has interest in using the content for its own WIFI product development. In order to be able to offer a suitable and market-relevant training program to a specific target group, the feedback from the participants was very helpful. It will contribute significantly to further development.

Become an AAL Consultant by participating in a training course in France

Maison de la Promotion Sociale, a Silver Economy stakeholder, organises a training course for care givers the last week of August in Bordeaux. The course aims at upskilling participants on the provision of technical support to elderly and disable persons through the use of new technologies. 
The course will be interactive, using Flipped technology, where concrete cases will be analysed. Via group activities supported by an animator, participants will get more knowledge on how they can support their patients.
Basical internet skills are needed. 
For more information, contact : f.adoue@mps-aquitaine.org

Successful AAL Consultant Pilot Trainings organized by the Hellenic Open University in Greece

The Hellenic Open University (HOU) through the Educational Content Methodology & Technology Laboratory (e-CoMeT Lab, http://eeyem.eap.gr) organized successfully a short-term pilot training program within the context of the European Project Transfer of Innovation – Leonardo da Vinci, entitled  » EngAGEnt : Development and validation of a curriculum for vocational AAL education ».

The short- term training was held on 30-31/5/2014 and 01/06/2014 and 5-7/6/2014, at the premises of Hellenic Open University in Patras, Greece. The graduate students and professionals who attended the pilot training were coming from the fields of Health Sciences and Computing.  
The first part of the training concerned ”Project Management” and was held in Greek by Prof. Dr. Panos Fitsilis, Director of The School of Business and Economics, Technological Educational Institute of Thessaly. The module aimed at introducing Project Management principles, as well as PM Standards, PM Lifecycle and PM Requirements, Management and Scope Management. Moreover, PM skills such as negotiation and leadership were highlighted and skills group exercises were conducted by the participants, so as to be aware of the differences between their individual skills.
The second part of the training was devoted to “Technical Assistance Systems” and was held in English by Dr. Dirk Sommermeyer, Institute for Assistance Systems and Qualification, in Germany. The module concerned the presentation of Technical assistance systems and needed Technical Infrastructure at the AAL field, Health Monitoring Systems and Security/safety – Technical Solutions. 
The students worked in groups and evaluated the overall training very positively. Eight (8) participants successfully attended the program and got the relevant certification.

Successful AAL Consultant Pilot Trainings organized by iAQ in Germany

In order to face the upcoming challenges in relation to the demographic change, technologies and concepts of Ambient Assistant Living (AAL) have been developed. To improve the quality of life of older people, technological assistance systems are used. 

The European project engAGEnt, co-funded by the EU commission, developed a harmonised European curriculum based on the principles of ECVET which will qualify professionals for the profession of an AAL Consultant. 
In March and April 2014, pilot trainings were conducted in Regensburg, Germany. As an introduction to the topic of AAL and « social interaction », an online seminar was conducted on March, 31st. On April 11th and 12th two classroom seminars were held on the topics of « health monitoring » and « safety technology in the home environment ». In addition to methods for the analysis of individual needs and circumstances, the participants received practical insights into the possibilities of technical assistance systems by means of examples and concrete situations. Using case studies, the participants developed technical solution scenarios and discussed ethical and privacy related aspects. A total of 18 people participated in this course. The feedback from the participants on the structure and content of the course were positive.
The completion of the project will take place in September at the 15th “Kölner Weiterbildungsmesse”. The project team will present the ECVET based, European curriculum of an AAL Consultant.

Join the final event of engAGEnt at the Cologne Education Fair on 20-21 September 2014!!

engAGEnt is coming to an end in September 2014. The results of this highly ambitious project will be presented at the 15th Cologne Education Fair which will take place on September 20th and September 21st, 2014. This fair offers plenty of opportunities for detailed and free information regarding VET training, further training or courses of studies for employees, job and training seekers, aspiring students, entrepreneurs, self-employed, HR managers in companies and ultimately for all « Education hungry « .
The project aim was to develop an advanced vocational training for professionals who are working in the environment of the new developing AAL technologies, enabling them to use AAL technologies reasonably as supportive tools in the care of the elderly.
engAGEnt will add an interesting feature to the overall intention of the fair. The project consortium will be present with a booth and will hold a presentation about the project achievements. Further details will be announced soon at the AAL Focus area of the e-Jobs Observatory.