Microtraining for effective knowledge transfer

Proje Yürütücüsü:Prof.Dr. K. Mulder
Destekleyen kuruluş:EU Leonardo da Vinci Multilateral Transfer of Innovation Projects, 2007
Proje No:ÇAYDAG-107Y231, 2008
Proje Çalışanları:S. Brall, M. Pujadas, M. Ohlson M., G.N. Demirer
Observations in the daily practice of companies show that traditional, classroom-oriented training lacks the flexibility to cater to the need for just-in-time and just-enough training. Therefore, companies are looking for alternatives. Between October 2004 and March 2007, 31 partners from seven European states have worked together in the EU-funded Microteaching project. The aim of the project was to develop and test different models of face-to-face trainings. The results are very promising.

There is an urgent need to overcome difficulties in organizing effective learning in industry and other organisations. To elaborate on the experiences of the successful Microteaching project will be an important step in that direction. The Microteaching approach has shown to be helpful in developing learning solutions that fit existing needs. It has proven to be a very suitable method because of its emphasis on the employees’ ability to train themselves as well on work-integrated learning.

The objective of this Microtraining project is to help companies to improve the quality of learning in the context of their business. During the project various ways of dealing with the organisational challenges involved will be experienced and researched. The use of e-learning in the Microteaching concept as a vehicle to add flexibility is considered a strategic component to a further improvement of the efficiency of this approach. What is most important is the credibility of the trainer. To improve the skills of the trainers we will organise ‘train the trainer’ sessions and provide support material for self evaluation.

Furthermore,an online virtual Centre for Microtraining activities will be developed. Four experienced partners involved in Sustainability and the Environment are very motivated to use this approach to bridge the gap between knowing and doing with regard to the topic. They all have good contacts with industry. TU Delft and UPC have shared their experiences during the EU Microteaching project. We are very pleased that KTH and META, from the North and South of Europe respectively, are willing to be our critical partners. Two partners involved in transferring knowledge are TU Delft (Edutec) and RWTH, both involved in the development of the educational approach of the EU Microteaching project that will be the basis of this new project.