Environmental learning innovation for more knowled..
Environmental learning innovation for more knowledge and better jobs
Start date: Sep 1, 2015,
End date: Aug 31, 2018
At the global level it is already known our dependence on a healthy environment and the fact that environmental problems go over national and regional borders. To achieve this aim we need adequate training and access to higher and actual skills through better education and training systems. Mutual learning in field of environmental engineering between important and experimented actors in European higher education system using the exchange of good practice and implementing innovative tools and instruments is the rationale of the EnvYJobs project.
EnvYJobs project will contribute to the fulfilment of long-term EU objective concerning the environment as to achieve levels of water, air and soil quality "that do not result in unacceptable impacts on, and risks to, human health and the environment". This is becoming possible by establishing as a general objective the development of an educational open resource e-learning platform allowing easy understanding of complex environmental engineering issues.
The Pursued Objectives of the Project (POP) are:
POP1. The development and implementation of 6 courses and related laboratory works with remote access which will address to the following environmental concerns: Design, Modeling and Simulation Techniques for Wastewater Treatment Processes; Soil and Air Quality Monitoring Techniques; Sustainable Drinking Water Supply Systems; Closing the NEW-resource cycle through a zero-emission water management system; Geoinformation technologies for Environmental Changes and Pressures Assessment; Flood Hazard Assessment. The entire study module is called EnvYJobs and for each course appropriate teaching materials is provided: syllabuses, electronic courses (e-books), CD books, virtual laboratories and webminars.
POP2.The making of an e-learning platform with a dedicated curricula in field of environmental engineering (EnvYJobs e-learning module). Educational staff, students and other stakeholders will have real-time remote access to innovative Open Educational Resources.
POP3. Providing solutions for teachers, educational staff and students with the aim of their immersion in the remote experimentation environment through innovative ICT technologies and mutual learning. For acquiring or improving the use of ICT, for learning digital competence, all the participants will be the beneficiaries of Users' guide for e-learning platform.
POP4. Implementing e-learning module at partners universities through testing of the e-learning module with virtual lectures, virtual laboratories (e-learning, e-Labs tutorials, webminars, videolabs, evaluation) and live laboratories.
POP5. Wishing to respond as quickly and better possible both the employment needs of students trained in environmental engineering field and employability correlated with the labour market needs, the development of a database is previewed. This is including information from both directions: about the environmental specialists trained in the framework of the project (attended courses, evaluation results, rankings) and related to potential employers in the environmental field: students and employers database in order to facilitate their interaction.
The target group of the project is composed of 120 students enrolled in the University POLITEHNICA of Bucharest (CO-UPB), Romania, Saxion University of Applied Sciences (P1-Saxion), Netherlands and University of Trento (P3-UNITN), Italy, students with education level B.Sc. degree and M.Sc. degree. Of the total 120 students, 70 will come from CO-UPB, 30 from P1-Saxion and 20 from P3-UNITN. The project target group also includes 12 trainers which will be involved in training sessions of students. The 12 teachers/trainers will come from partner institutions as follows: 4 from CO-UPB, 3 from P1-Saxion, 2 from P2 - TEI CM (Technological Educational Institute of Central Macedonia, Greece) and 3 from P3-UNITN.
The EnvYJobs e-learning platform will integrate innovative tools for higher education in environmental engineering field. The project implementation will provide:1 innovative curricula containing e-learning solutions, 6 e-books, laboratory technologies (e-labs and video laboratories) related to 6 courses content and live laboratories which are allowing understanding of environmental issues; 1 database for students and stakeholders. In this way, the project implementation will ensure: satisfaction of students requirements, well-trained students for labour market in field of environmental engineering, and a real example for good practices that could be multiplied at a larger scale and, also in other study fields and education levels.
The project will allow to partners to build a collaboration, change ideas, share experiences and good practices in order to maximize the benefits of their expertise on the educational processes as quality of education needs to be considered permanently.
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