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Development and modernisation of the teaching concept for PROduct Safety in the University Education (PROSUmEr)

Project number: F 2395 Institution: Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA) / Technische Universität Dresden, Fakultät für Maschinenwesen, Professur für Arbeitswissenschaften Status: Ongoing Project Planned end: 2019-05-31


Teaching concepts focussing on product safety as an early prevention measure for safe, healthy and use suitable construction and design are mentioned in the current "Research and development program 2014 - 2017" of BAuA. These teaching concepts should be implemented into the university education of machine designers and product developers.

In 2009, BAuA completed the project F 2120 "Educational initiative for safe and healthy design of products in various university courses of study". This was designed as blended learning concept on the subject of product safety for fulltime courses.

The subsequently conducted survey of currently registered users confirmed the fundamental good content and specialist relevance of the teaching concept. In particular, the possibility to extract individual modules and use them for own course was positively highlighted by the lecturers.
However, the urgent need to improve and overhaul the provided specialist contents, the didactic concept as well as the software implementation (contemporary design and usability on mobile devices) has often been pointed out. In this regard, the 20-year-old educational software underlying the predecessor project has significant limitations. This means that the teaching concept (particularly the self-learning modules) cannot be used on current PCs / operating systems. Furthermore, the use of mobile devices is not supported.

Therefore, in the present project the teaching concept should be developed and modernized fundamentally maintaining the focus on university education. Both, the specialist/content related and the didactic concepts need to be modernized. The software-implementation should be adapted to the current state of the art using a web-based learning platform. Associated with new ways of direct interchange among students or to the lecturer via socialization components (e.g. chats, moderated forums) should be extensively used. Furthermore, the usability on mobile devices (tablets, smartphones) is clearly one focus of this project.

The license / Terms of Use of the entire teaching concept should allow for free access to the teaching contents and re-using contents by the lecturers should further be legal (see Open Access and Creative Commons).


Unit 2.4 "Workplaces, Safety of Machinery, Operational Safety"

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