ICT-DRV final conference successfully implemented

ICT-DRV conference audiance

Panel on innovative training solutions

Final conference panel

On February 12/13 the European conference on „Technology-supported training in the qualification of professional drivers … a matter of quality” took place. More than two years of project work are heading for their finals with this conference. 11 partners from 9 countries from Poland to Canada investigated the question how e-learning and simulator training can be integrated into professional driver training with high quality in order to realise ideal learning environments for drivers.

Perfectly trained professional drivers are key to more safety on European roads and at the same time responsible for the success of today’s transport industry. New media and its integration into professional driver qualification are an opportunity as well as a challenge for all those involved. About 100 guests representing transport companies, education providers, authorities and policy, research and learning media developers had the opportunity to discuss and exchange with colleagues from 18 countries from South Africa to Canada about up-to-date information on the application of new media within training and related instructional design.

The integration of e-learning and simulator training into initial qualification and periodic training in the context of EC Directive 2003/59 differs strongly across Europe. Existing regulations are usually limited to technical requirements and requirements on documentation. The European Directive makes no or no sufficient contribution to this discussion. This leads to deficits with regarding to learning considerations in the context of media-supported learning offers. A supportive legal framework is, however, fundamental in order to reach high quality, as it has been concluded by the project team from the results of their work. The project team therefore proposes to clearly integrate technology-supported learning into Directive 2003/59 as an additional / complementary training option. The learning outcomes approach of the European Qualifications Framework is here considered as the common European basis in order to foster the useful and high quality application of media-supported training. This has been tested in e-learning and simulator training pilot projects within ICT-DRV that focused on reaching of concrete learning outcomes with appropriate instructional design approaches.

At the same time the project results advise against considering technology support within training as an indicator of quality. Technology-supported training rather requires very concrete quality considerations with regard to didactics in order to be usefully integrated. The project team for instance concluded that e-learning requires a concrete praxis-oriented component in order to provide an added value for the training of professional drivers. While for simulator training the aspired learning outcomes should decide about the applicability of a simulator and about its necessary complexity. Basis for the application of technology is in any case a well defined and adjusted instructional design. Especially at this point the project partners see a large deficit because research and development work with regard to learning, learning technology and vocational education praxis take place separately from each other. Successful practical examples of innovative training solutions resulting from a dialogue between those areas of work have been presented and discussed with great interest at the conference.

Experts for simulator training and e-learning, professionals from vocational education and training, representatives of European policy and stakeholders as well as developers of technology-supported learning solutions for professional drivers finally agreed that research and praxis from all areas involved need to step up to each other in order to make use of the great potential of technology-supported forms of training within professional driver qualification. At the same time a continuous dialogue is necessary in order to sharpen the awareness of all involved stakeholders for high quality within vocational education and training. The conference has been the starting point in order to foster this dialogue within the practical realisation of professional driver qualification with the overall aim to make the professional driver occupation more attractive and to increase safety on European roads.

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