Main Contractor: North West Institute of Further and Higher Education
Project Managers: Technology Centre, Limburg
Technical Managers: Western Connect, Northern Ireland
The project will follow three main phases...
Phase 1 - Initial Feasibility Study
Each educational site, as listed on page three, will complete a needs analysis (by 15th June 1996) in conjunction with their local SMEs who are to receive training. The needs analysis will be followed by a technical evaluation of the hardware and software needed to deliver this training. This phase will be completed by the end of September 1996.
Phase 2 - Planning and Preparatory action for Pilot
The hardware recommended by the technical evaluation will be installed at each educational site and corresponding SMEs. Courses should be up and running between host sites and their local SMEs in their own countries/regions by the end of November 1996.
Phase 3 - Operation and Evaluation of Pilot
As well as courses running in each of the participating countries, there will be some
transregional co-operation with sites providing training to SMEs in other countries. The
results of the pilot study will be produced in September 1997.
Needs analysis and technical evaluation
From an initial assessment of the needs analyses returned to date, it has been ascertained that the most suitable delivery platform will be a PC based videoconferencing unit with collaborative working and file transfer capability.
The technical management team will conduct field trials using two units of equipment and a recommendation will be made in the technical evaluation.
Installation and evaluation
Phase 2 will require the installation of 24 units and the ongoing monitoring and
evaluation of their performance. Operating difficulties, if any, will be logged and
documented in the technical report at the end of Phase 3.
Examples of training and SME involvement
The Swedish War College have arranged with the Lower Norrland Producers' Association (NNP), a co-operative with 350 employees, to develop IT competencies and deliver a leadership program to fifteen 'store chiefs'. They would also be interested in receiving English language training from some of the other partners trans-nationally. The remoteness of the region makes videoconferencing an ideal mode of training delivery.
Hertford Regional College will provide AutoCAD training to a local SME and training to employees in a pharmaceutical company to become technical operators performing front line maintenance. The project will minimise the time employees spend travelling for tuition.
Associazione Centro, Elis are co-operating with the Libero Universitario Campus Bio-Medico (LIUCBM) to provide training in the fields of Italian laws on safety, security and fire prevention. The lessons will be focused on practical situations and solutions. LIUCBM have decided that personnel already employed in the kitchen or cleaning department could be better trained to raise their standards or to learn new techniques if they remain within their usual working environment.
RTC, Tallaght, Ireland will cover basic electrical and mechanical skills development with employees of MDS Telephone Systems in Clonmel, Co. Tipperary. The objective is to increase operator technical involvment and to start to move them towards first level fault diagnosis and maintenance.
Trainee Interim Evaluation form
Trainee Final Evaluation form
Trainee Educational Final Report form
Final Report DRAFT VERSION 12/2/98
ELIS guide for a good videoconfering session (Italian version)
Paper presented at MEDINFO 98,
August 1998 by
Michele Crudele, Medical Informatics Laboratory
Libera UniversitÓ "Campus Bio-Medico" of Rome, Italy
Assessing the use of low cost PC-based ISDN videoconferencing in hospital training