ARtemis – Immersive training hubs with AR/VR and 3D printing for establishing innovative didactic work-based learning settings in green professions

(https://skillstools.eu/artemis)

NTI-MMM: Multilateral Monitoring and Management (www.ntim.eu ): 2021-1-NO01-KA220-VET-000029621

Erasmus+ KA2 Strategic Partnership (2022-2024): NO, CY, DE, DK, EU, NL

The covid pandemic has accelerated  the trend of digitalisation of labour markets. The ARtemis project recognises the resulting higher demand for digital and related skills, expressed in the revised 2020 EU skills agenda, the Pact of Skills and the Digital Education Action Plan (2021-2027) which focus on targeted policies that can facilitate the upskilling and reskilling of EU citizens. It supports vocational training staff in dealing with modern, digital tools where there is currently little or no experience with respect to new technologies as AR, VR, 360 ° videos and 3D (bio-) printing. in this context the horizontal priority to “address digital transformation through development of digital readiness, resilience and capacity” is valid.

The focus is integration of these new technologies in work-based learning settings / practical training. This will increase the digital capacity and readiness of the involved institutions and beyond towards the use of AR, VR, 360° video and 3D (bio-) printing. Resulting tailor-made teaching and learning materials will be developed, tested, evaluated, and transferred. This will result in the enrichment of existing and implementation of new communication and collaboration forms (shift from a centered to centered with peer learning), which can be carried out (a-)synchronously, direct, or indirect or spatially separated. The focus on green professions enables the development of relevant digital skills for teaching personnel in VET.

An experimental inclusion of participants with special needs in this context will be targeted by supporting dyslectic participants with mixed reality experiences as a compensatory measure where visual input can serve as a partial substitute to textual presentations. All activities will be undertaken in an equal opportunity and gender-neutral perspective. The initiation, support and consolidation of these qualification and structural processes will be achieved through the development of didactic guidelines (WP 1: Digitalisation Expert in VET). The base is the DIGICOMPEDU framework. The inclusion of the ARtemis technologies into existing WBL settings or the creation of new formats (WP 2) enables a tailor-made qualification in the three didactic innovation training hubs for floristry, landscaping, and biology (WP 3).

The priority “contributing to innovation in vocational education and training” is also selected as ARtemis creates a structured “mixed reality” opportunity for initial and further qualification of teaching and mentoring staff in VET targeting floristry, landscaping, and biology. This supports individually and structurally the competence development of in-company trainers and VET teachers with digital skills to develop and implement more relevant or new teaching and learning approaches. It contributes to increase the attractiveness of the role of trainer.

This pioneering initiative enables new and interactive teaching and learning materials, enriched, or created with AR, VR, 360 ° videos and 3D (bio) printing in an integrated way. The basis is the provision of knowledge and the spreading of technologies to understand, adapt and apply effectively and interactively at the same time. The use of the ARtemis media can then lead to an increase in motivation and an improvement in the learning performance of trainees and students.

ARtemis supports the exchange of specialist knowledge and professional competences between trainers and teaching staff within an organisation as well as between the respective pilot organisations with a transfer potential to other organisations and industries. Through ARtemis vet providers can adapt their offers of digital and green skills qualifications according to company demand. The professional further education of company trainers is in focus as required by EU initiatives on work-based learning and the new Digital Education Action Plan.