PEOPLE project in the spotlight: Expert workshop in Brussels
We are proud to be part of the Expert panel for curricula development in the area of Advanced Manufacturing and Key Enabling Technologies – an initiative established by the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) of the European Commission. The panel aims to improve the quality and relevance of existing curricula and to promote better cooperation between industry and education and training organisations. The outcomes will provide a basis for action at the EU and national levels. On the 13 December 2018, the initiative organized an expert workshop focussing on the initiatives aimed at improving curricula and learning strategies for non-tertiary vocational education in the field of Advanced Manufacturing Technologies.
PEOPLE project at the expert workshop: Aligning Advanced Manufacturing education & training with the 21st Century needs
Our participation in the initiative demonstrates the added value of the PEOPLE approach towards teaching and learning and also demonstrates the transferability to other sectors of education. PEOPLE contributed towards objectives of the initiative by demonstrating our experiences and good practices with interdisciplinary people-centred collaboration and co-creation addressing real-life challenges of industry and society.
The people-centred development approach in design and development aims to make a move from the mind-set of engineers, designers and researchers to the specific needs and experiences of people. In this approach, people play an important part in the innovation, design, co-creation, and testing of solutions. People-centred development is an iterative process, which means that we continuously return to users of products or services to repeatedly ask questions that shed light on how our solution meets their needs and desires. In addition to listening attentively, researchers observe what co-creators do and how they interact with technologies or each other, or do a prolonged participant observation study to learn about people’s daily habits and practices. They use techniques that transform research participants into active co-creators or collaborators, they let them take the lead and they learn from them to find out how new solutions, products and services, co-created with the people and for the people, could improve their lives.
Find the full report on the workshop here (PDF).