Kévin Berger, Laurent Dupond, Alex Gabriel, Catarina Pereira
After multiple activities to identify skills’ needs, pedagogical objectives and subjects to tackle, consortium members have been engaged in creating outstanding content for the implementation of SMAGRINET’s short blended-learning programmes, entitled “Smart Grid from A to Z: SMAGRINET’s Empowering Virtual Classes” targeted for those who wish to deepen or initiate a self-training approach on Smart Grids. The programme will be carried out online though a virtual platform.
The smart grid topic is wide, covers various knowledge areas and some aspects of it are still in progress. Previous exchanges we’ve had with power facility industries and stakeholders highlighted the need for interdisciplinarity, and even transdisciplinary profiles. But there are some obstacles in training interdisciplinary profiles. How to simultaneously present the interconnection between the smart grid domains and provide effective skills to make these connections understandable?
Based on the workshops we’ve conducted over the past six months among students with different curriculums, we decided to adopt a systemic perspective in order to provide for a meaningful interdisciplinary learning approach. Our own challenge, as academics, is to transpose these experiments into a blended learning program.
The best way to integrate the interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary aspects of the smart grid was to involve as many consortium members as possible in creating the educational and training content for the programmes. Therefore, University of Lorraine, Technical University of Dresden, University of Ljubljana, Tallin University of Technology, Kaunas University of Technology and Technical University of Berlin have joined forces in developing programmes that will tackle social, physical, informational and decisional aspects associated with the smart grid, as well as the political, economic and legal aspects that regulate its development. These aspects constitute the five modules of the program. According to the learner’s profile (engineering researcher, electrical engineering workforce, broader public) there are different pedagogical objectives and specific programs to best fit the learner’s needs.
From the operational point of view, the program will be deployed on a CANVAS LMS-based platform. LOBA, which is the consortium member that is leading the dissemination and communication of the SMAGRINET project, has started to produce videos for this programme. Everything is in progress and we expect the program to be launched in the coming months.
If you have any questions about attending “Smart Grid from A to Z: SMAGRINET’s Empowering Virtual Classes” you can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org