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„ERASMUS+ INSMER robotics curricula project successfully ended“

INSMER (Smart Integrated Education in Robotics) project targets are driven by the rapid pace of development of the information society and the needs for the implementation of the new Industry 4.0 revolution. Modern production systems and production technologies are very complex, especially for higher value-added production. There is an increasing level of automation in the industry: mechatronic systems and robots are gaining importance in all industries.  The project developed integrated training programs in the field of robotics based on the needs of Industry 4.0. The aim was to introduce and develop new smart teaching opportunities, methodologies and tools, with the aim of making the learning process more interactive and closer to real industrial needs. The main activities of the INSMER project were divided into three groups:

  1. Development of different level robotics curricula (2 curricula),
  2. Development of adult training programs in robotics (15 programs),
  3. Creation of methodological study materials – INSMER Casebook (11 topics).

International project team consisted of members from Estonia, Finland and Latvia:

  1. Innovative Manufacturing Engineering Systems Competence Centre – IMECC (EST),
  2. TTK University of Applied Sciences (EST),
  3. Riga Vocational Education Competence Centre (LAT),
  4. Machine Technology Center Turku (FIN),
  5. Lahti University of Applied Sciences (FIN).

In the progress of first activity “Development of Robotics curricula”, the international INSMER team developed three different level robotics curricula:

  • Robot Operator (level 4) – 120 ECTS
  • Robot Technician (level 5) – 60 ECTS
  • Robot System Technician (level6) – 180 ECTS

All the targets have been fulfilled, even surpassed because initial target was to develop two curricula. INSMER project team developed three curricula, which all have been implemented in different schools and universities (THK, 2018; TTK 2019) in Estonia. Project partners are planning to implement some of the robotics modules into their current curricula. Entrepreneurs and specialists of the robotics field have analyzed all the curricula and curricula have the approval. In addition, the students tested parts of new robotics curricula modules. Estonian educational institutions piloted two programs in which 15 students participated. Finnish educational institutions piloted five programs with 24 students and Latvia piloted two programs with 36 students. Final approval for the robotics curricula were given by the entrepreneurs, specialists and students.

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Pic 1 Piloting on module basis (Estonia and Latvia)

Second activity focused on adult training programs in the field of robotics, which also have been analyzed by entrepreneurs and specialist and has positive feedback. During this activity, the project members developed 17 adult training programs (initially 15 programs).

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Pic 2 Cover page of INSMER Casebook

The final activity of INSMER project was to develop study-material casebook. Project members from Estonia, Finland and Latvia developed an 11 topics consisting casebook to support freshly developed robotics curricula, also adult training programs. Each topic consists of preparatory theoretical material, which is followed by practical assignments. Practical assignments include examples how to solve problems

INSMER project was extremely fertile and project has fulfilled all its initial plans. In addition to fulfilled targets, it is great to view the practical implementation in Estonian educational institution and strong cooperation between INSMER project partners


 

Project transnational meeting no 9 took place in Tallinn, Estonia, 20th-21st May 2019

The main focus in Tallinn was to check all planned outputs and activities (Development of curricula, Adult training programs and Casebook), also final analysis of the activities. In the progress of first activity “Development of Robotics curricula”, the international INSMER team developed three different level robotics curricula:

  • Robot Operator (level 4) – 120 ECTS
  • Robot Technician (level 5) – 60 ECTS
  • Robot System Technician (level6) – 180 ECTS

All the targets have been fulfilled, even surpassed because initial target was to develop two curricula. INSMER project team developed three curricula, which all have been implemented in different schools and universities (THK, 2018; TTK 2019) in Estonia. Project partners are planning to implement some of the robotics modules into their current curricula. Entrepreneurs and specialists of the robotics field have analyzed all the curricula and curricula have the approval.

Second activity focused on adult training programs in the field of robotics, which also have been analyzed by entrepreneurs and specialist and has positive feedback. During this activity, the project members developed 17 adult training programs (initially 15 programs).

The final activity of INSMER project was to develop study-material casebook. Project members from Estonia, Finland and Latvia developed an 11 topics consisting casebook to support freshly developed robotics curricula, also adult training programs.

INSMER project was extremely fertile and project has fulfilled all its initial plans. In addition to fulfilled targets, it is great to view the practical implementation in Estonian educational institution and strong cooperation between INSMER project parners.

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We kindly invite you to the multiplier event of the ERASMUS+ project “INSMER” (2016-2019) – to present you the new robotics curricula, adult training programmes and the new INSMER case-book.

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INSMER new curricula already launched at Tallinn Industrial Education Centre

Tallinn Industrial Education Centre has been successfully involved for dissemination and exploitation of the results of INSMER project – from September 2018 two new robotics curricula developed with the help of INSMER team have been launched at the school – curriculum for robot operator (level IV) and another for robot technician (level V) with the total number of new students being 60.

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Also new vocational standards have been developed. The level V robot technician curriculum is meant for further studies for those who already have a degree in mechatronics or robot operator curriculum in level IV.


 

Project transnational meeting no 7 took place in Riga, Latvia, 6.-7.09.2018

In Riga, the main focus of the meeting was in addition to curricula development in robotics (output 1) on the development of adult training programmes in robotics and the robotics case-book to be used in education and training. By September 2018, 14 adult training programmes have been developed by IMECC (Estonia) and Turku KTK (Finland) and 2-3 new programmes are under development by Riga Technical College (RTK, Latvia).  To develop problem-solving skills in robotics, a new case-book in under development and to be finalised by March 2019 including up to 12 case descriptions to be used in robotics education at vocational and adult education levels.

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Project transnational meeting no 6 took place in Tallinn, Estonia, 31.05 – 1.06.2018.

Main topics of the Tallinn’s meeting included the Output 1: Curricula development in robotics

In robotics curricula development the preliminary results of piloting activities in Estonia and Latvia were analysed and new piloting activities in Latvia and Finland for the autumn 2018 were planned. In Estonia, piloting activities already took place even in 2 schools: at the University of Applied Sciences (project partner) and also at the Tallinn Industrial Education Centre.

Tallinn Industrial Education centre has been also involved in Estonia to exploit the results of INSMER project more widely. Collaboration has been so effective, that the centre has launched the two new curriculas already from autumn 2018 based on the work done in INSMER project.

In Latvia, at Riga Technical College (RTK) selected topics of the robotics curricula are also piloted in spring 2018 and plans are made for the autumn 2018. Lahti University of Applied Sciences will be piloting INSMER curricula topics from October 2018.

Also adult training programmes in robotics and use-case book is under development (output 2 and output 3).

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Project transnational meeting no 5 took place in Riga, Latvia, 22.-23.01.2018.

The 5th INSMER transnational meeting took place in Riga in January 22-23 in 2018. The main focus of the meeting was on discussions on the preparation of the piloting of new robotics curricula, development of new adult training programmes in robotics and the preparation of the use-case methodology. Partners from Estonia, Latvia and Finland shared their experience how to better involve the industry to get feedback for INSMER outputs, what were the main recommendations from the companies and how to further cooperate with them.

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Instrutec2017 fair took place in Tallinn 15.-17.11.2017. Different seminars were held during the fair, including presentation about Erasmus+ project INSMER on 16.11.2016 by Jüri Riives.

Project transnational meeting no 4 took place in Turku, Finland, 11.09.2017.

Project transnational meeting no 3 took place in Riga, Latvia, 05.-06.06.2017.

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Project transnational meeting no 2 took place in Lahti, Finland, 15.02.2017.

Instrutec2016 fair took place in Tallinn 16.-18.11.2016. During Instrutec fair, different seminars took place, including seminar about Erasmus+ project INSMER on 16.11.2016.

Project transnational meeting no 1, kick-off meeting took place in Tallinn, 26.10.2016.