Technology education in the digital era supported by the significant use of research results

Project Start2020-09-01
Project Total Duration36 months
Project End Date2023-08-31
Project summaryProject „Technology education in the digital era supported by the significant use of research results“ is an actual response for an insufficient use of research results, which are produced by higher education institutions, in teaching processes. Project is mainly focused on technology education in the area of mechanical engineering and construction/civil engineering and it enables international and interdisciplinary work. Nonetheless there in no restrictions on extension to the other range of disciplines. Program is also focused on different forms of training in which academics will participate in order to improve their competences regarding preparation of courses. They are planned to support the abovementioned use of research results in teaching contents. There is still a long way to widely employ research results in education, especially for international purposes. In addition, the dissemination of research results in education carried out by cooperation of universities and companies has not yet been thoroughly studied before. Therefore the strategic partnership of four higher education institutions (universities) and one company is formed in order to improve existing methodologies of each partner and work out an innovative teaching approaches including international collaboration in the area of teaching. Partners have decided to implement the results in two main disciplines such as mechanical engineering and civil engineering. Notwithstanding, dissemination of results and their further applications can be also concerned with other disciplines. The beneficiaries of proposed project are mainly master/doctoral students and academics involved in teaching process on that levels. Within the project partners would like to develop the following detailed outputs:

Guide for educators regarding the utilization of research results in technology education.

Aspects of educational technologies in elaborating of educational processes seems to be fairly essential. Consequently, one of the main goal is to originally propose a complete and comprehensive guide for educators respecting the results obtained in analysed brand of science (e.g., mechanical engineering). At this stage of performance the comparative and qualitative analysis of existing practices, literature and student/teacher opinions might be quite crucial. One of the main feature of guidelines should be their general purpose. 2. Development of the digital platform methodologies for utilization of research results in technology education.
At this stage of work an existing digital platforms and possibilities of their adoptions for utilization of research results in technology educations are carefully studied. Furthermore, development and testing of a set of tools (e.g., templates, procedures, algorithms) of research results in digital platform is a significant factor of undertaken activities. 3. Development of pilot lectures using EDURES methodologies.
In output 3 the new lecture will be developed to support technology education in partner universities and share their knowledge and useful practices. The lectures will contain completely new data and teaching materials will be presented. The series of eight brand new lectures are planned to be initiated that will indicate how the teaching content (especially utilizing research results) should correctly defined.

Digital platform with implemented EDURES teaching content.

In this stage of work the results from three previous intellectual outputs will be implemented into the existing platforms and their efficiency among target groups of students and teachers will be tested. The unique (brand new) educational platform utilising research outcomes into technology education will be formulated..

Report on the development of the set of tools and procedures for EDURES feedback and methods of continuous improvement.

In this issue the potential collective advancements of the developed tools to utilize research results in technology education will be confidently expected. Feedback of the students towards the teachers along with feedback to those who applied and handle with digital platform will be urgently required. Constructive and valuable feedback are keenly awaited from other institutions. Moreover, strictly defined methods to make received data useful for improvements of the EDURES platform will be also one of the objective in the work undertaken. Likewise application of the feedback results into developed platform will be meticulously implemented. In the last stage of conceived venture the procedures developed for sustain and extend our work into the future are significantly found.