Work Package 4

Interactive education material, training and capacity building

(Coordinated by Ecole National des Ponts – Paris Tec, collaboration with ICCI)


Objective(s)

(i) To capture and communicate the extensive knowledge base developed within the project as the basis for further uptake of key deliverables and main concepts of BGS (ii) To extract background material from WP1 and new knowledge from WP2 and WP3 for conventional and e-learning capacity building and training sessions, (ii) to support project partners in running training and broader dissemination activities among national clusters (see Annex 3) and general public and to pursue extensive dissemination of the intermediate and final project deliverables (iii) to develop a hub to enable engineers, architects, planners, modellers, developers and decision makers to tap into self-training courses, guidelines and a broad network on BG experts and practitioners worldwide.


Description of work

Material, from manuals to datasets and from performance indicators to recorded user experiences will be collected, edited and reformed into training material for conventional (face to face) and e-learning courses for selected target groups. Groups that have been identified as key targets include:

Planners, architects, city managers that need to understand the concept of BG infrastructure, and are interested to modify their modus operandi and approach
Infrastructure engineers and modellers who need to understand how to design and build BG infrastructure and assess how this new infrastructure may affect existing, legacy systems (such as existing wastewater networks and treatment plants).
Property developers and managers who want to see what are the pros and cons for adopting specific BG infrastructure solutions and how they and their clients can benefit from them and
General public interested in adopting and implementing BGD infrastructure and need to understand how this new type of infrastructure can improve their quality of life.

The courses will be delivered through a seamless Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) supported by a robust Learning Management System (LMS). For this purpose, appropriate technologies (such as http://moodle.org/) will be used and coupled with e-infrastructure for the development of online professional networks for BG stakeholders. Such networks, powered by technology platforms such as Google+, Facebook, ELGG or Linkedin, will provide additional support in training, with new professionals being able to (a) go through the training material anytime-anyplace and then (b) reach key BG experts and practitioners throughout the world for more targeted questions and support. Members of these online networks will be drawn from BGD Networks. Multimedia content from other sources (research projects, other case studies, literature etc) will also be provided to enhance the learning experience. These resources (e-training platform, content and professional online network) will be continually updated and enriched as more implementation of BGS is realised and will continue as part of the after project plan. Specific training will be provided through the platform for BG certification and the use of the BG Performance Evaluation System.


Deliverables

D4.1. E-training platform (2012)D4.2. Multi-media educational and training products (multiple media) for the main target groups and initial training sessions for capacity building (2013) D4.3. Social networking infrastructure for BG stakeholders (2014) D4.4. Update of platform with material developed around the demonstration sites and with training material for the tools developed in WP3 (e.g. AST and PES) (2015)

The BGD is supported by Climate KIC (EIT)

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