WP4: Development of a train-the-trainer (TTT) strategy and organisation of a TTT training event

Objectives

It is the objective of the WP to develop a train-the-trainer strategy that will, along with other aspects, promote the ECVET concept. In this way ENETRAP III aims for a sustainable implementation of the most recent didactic methods in a harmonized way throughout current and future training courses in radiation protection (and other nuclear topics), facilitating good practices in training course development and implementation. Pilot sessions will be organised and evaluated. The ENEN Association will be addressed to recognise the course within their system and the course will be made available to training providers in other domains such as nuclear engineering, geological disposal and low dose research.

Description of Work

Until now, E&T projects focused mainly on the development of technical and scientific modules related to the required nuclear knowledge and skills. Little consideration has been given to those providing training but, clearly, one of the key factors in ensuring qualitative high-level training is the suitability of providers. Also for them, the appropriate knowledge, skills and competences need to be available and they need to have a high-level understanding of the scientific and technical basis they are training, but also an insight in the context and a sense for the social and philosophical aspects of the situation, and appropriate didactic skills. An understanding of the existing credit and qualification systems like ECTS, EQF, EQAVET and ECVET is also very relevant. In addition, they must be able to develop "learning outcomes" for all new topics they will teach. Last but not least, the developments will give attention to the challenges involved in teaching difficult scientific and technical topics that have a significant societal impact and for which relevant ethical issues can be raised.

It is the objective of this work package to develop a strategy for the development of trainers - a “train-the-trainers (TTT)” approach - that will, along with other aspects, promote the ECVET concept. In this way ENETRAP III aims for a sustainable implementation of the most recent didactic methods in a harmonized way throughout current and future training courses in radiation protection (and other nuclear topics), facilitating good practices in training course development and implementation. Particular emphasis will be made on the use of teaching strategies adapted to different teaching modalities (from face-to-face to b-learning). Using a Learning Management System for the management of training resources will be presented. In addition, participants will learn how to create and manage multimedia resources suitable for courses that they teach.

After developing the strategy, which is envisaged to include the identification of trainer pre-requisites, the development of the content of a specific TTT package/event and associated training material will be done, and one pilot event will be organised of which the effectiveness will be evaluated. When needed, the content will be revised taking into account the feedback received from the pilot session. To obtain the highest quality, ENETRAP III might address towards experts in the field of didactics and the development of European Quality and Credit Systems in E&T, for example, experts from the national ECVET teams. They might be invited to teach in the pilot sessions.

In the last phase of this WP, the TTT will be made available to the ENEN Association for recognition within their system. Although developed in the framework of radiation protection training, this TTT will be also of use to training providers in other domains such as nuclear engineering, geological disposal and low dose research.

Deliverables

D 4.1   Development of the curriculum and course material
D 4.2   Organisation of pilot session
D 4.3   Evaluation of the pilot sessions and proposal for potential improvements