is now on YouTube. Watch the introduction to ESSENSE below by or
the new short
videos of the five units in
our YouTube-channel. The complete educational programme will be
freely available at the end of the project in 2021 on the ESSENSE
Collaborative Platform with innovative quizzes, exercises and some
the last quarter of 2020, we finished the development of the didactic
material. In the next step the educational community (teachers,
students and experts in BIM, habitat design, education, etc.) is
invited to participate in the pilot testing. During the
pilot test, the contents of the joint curriculum and
didactic materials will be assessed within the eLearning platform.
This action will enable the partnership to revise the didactic
materials and eLearning platform functionalities.
partners from UKIM are finalizing the necessary features of the
eLearning platform. The core features are already developed and are
in the final stage of internal testing. Since the core features are
already prepared, the partners from UKIM have started filling in the
platform with the didactic content for the curriculum and are
finalizing the look and feel of the platform and of the course
itself. The final preparations are being performed and the platform
is ready for the pilot test.
developers of alfatraining are completing the technical description
of the application programming interface (API) for the integration of
alfaview into the ESSENSE platform. The technical description
outlines the individual steps during the pilot testing. The
individual roles of all platform actors, such as Admin, Lecturer,
Student and Guest, will be tested extensively. Furthermore, the
administration, e.g., course registration, course management and
delivery of the course content, will be tested in a live setting.
European projects ESSENSE and SHELD-ON
(Smart Habitat for the elderly)are
generating synergies due to a common objective: to
facilitate a safer, more comfortable and accessible life for the
elderly. ESSENSE was presented at the first conference held in Riga
2018. Since then a project description about ESSENSE was published in
the First SHELD-ON conference meeting Proceedings Book. You
can find the book here.
ESSENSE is described on pages 44-46.
is financed by the European
Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST).
This organisation is a research network that offers an open space for
collaboration among scientists across Europe. SHELD-ON provide
impetus to research advancements and innovation. The project aims to
foster knowledge exchange and the development of a joint research
agenda in terms of design and development of multifunctional indoor
environments. The goal is to meet the requirements of Europe’s ageing
population while promoting healthy and safe ageing. Thanks to the
Sheldon team for your contributions in our project.
On 16 July 2020 the 4th transnational partner meeting of the European Erasmus+ ESSENSE project took place. Within this project a university programme on Building Information Modelling in combination with Ambient Assisted Living (AAL) will be developed taking into account the housing needs of older people in order to remain in optimal physical and psychological conditions. The main focus of this meeting was the development of the course contents as well as the collaboration platform on which the course contents, train the trainer materials and exam templates are provided.
The increasingly ageing population throughout Europe is the background to this project. In the future it will become more and more important to design and technically equip the living environment of older people in such a way that they can lead an independent and self-determined life until old age. At the halfway point of the three-year project duration, the development of the teaching content is nearing completion. In the next step, these teaching contents on the subject of BIM, AAL with a focus on the special needs of physically limited people, will be tested and evaluated in the form of a pilot test. You will find detailed information on the contents in the current newsletter of ESSENSE. In addition to the teaching contents and the platform, the partners also dealt with the question of the dissemination of the project results beyond the project duration.
The ESSENSE website as well as the collaboration platform and all documents developed will be available to all interested parties for this purpose until at least 2024. At the end of the project in the middle of next year, all those interested in this educational program will be invited to a central information event. We will inform you as soon as the date is fixed. The next meeting will take place in January 2021 at the partner of the University of Skopje in Northern Macedonia, hopefully again in person.
If you have any questions about the project or if you are interested in participating in the pilot tests for the ESSENSE platform, please contact the partners of the project.
During the next months, the ESSENSE partnership will be working on the development of a Blueprint to ensure the follow-up of ESSENSE results. The partnership has identified the main Educational programs, policies and agendas at European and National level in order to analyse the impact that ESSENSE could have on its deployment. In the last quarter of 2020, the didactic material will be ready for testing. ESSENSE will enroll an official announcement to the educational community (teachers, student and experts in BIM, habitat design, education, etc.) to participate in the pilot test action. During this pilot test, the educational philosophy, joint curriculum and didactic materials will be assessed within the eLearning platform. This action will enable the partnership to polish the mismatches on the didactic materials or eLearning platform functionalities.
During the last months, ESSENSE has developed its Educational Philosophy and Joint Curriculum. You can find the full summary in here.
The Joint Curriculum defines the necessary knowledge and skills
components regarding key principles of BIM; Smart Housing and Ambient Assisted
Living (AAL). It covers different aspects related to CAD Design, sensors
architecture and BIM management with training tools, didactic materials and
eLearning environment to address the different profiles of learners in a
Joint Curriculum is divided into 5 modules:
Basic concepts on Building Information Modelling
The objective of the unit „Basic Concepts on BIM“ is to obtain an
overview of the definition of BIM and the possible uses. What are the
advantages of BIM or computer-aided design concerning the data associated with
the 3D objects.
The needs of the senior citizens and their caretakers
The unit “The needs of the senior citizens and their caretakers”
aims to prepare building designers, construction workers, and related
professionals to make design decisions that support healthy active ageing, and
to implement those solutions in new buildings and refurbishments by focusing on
user-centred design approaches.
Smart Housing and AAL
This unit’s purpose is to introduce the concept of AAL and Smart
Housing to the students. Furthermore, this unit will allow students to get
insights into the basic principles of sensing, sensor data acquisition, signal
processing and modelling based on data, to design and implement applications
for assisting older adults.
between BIM, Smart Housing and AAL
As a goal, this unit “Interactions between BIM, Smart Housing and
AAL” aims to introduce the student to using AAL principles and Smart Housing
technologies within the BIM method. How to combine the principles of Ambient
Assisting Living with the concept of Building Information Modelling.
Management, Innovation Management and collective competencies for optimum
implementation of BIM principles and AAL concepts.
Module 5 comprises all the necessary knowledge for the
implementation of BIM methodology from an Innovation Management approach. This
module will provide learners with different concepts and methodologies to make
the most of the implementation of BIM.
These modules will be freely
available at the end of the project in 2021 on the ESSENSE Collaborative
Platform with innovative quizzes, exercises and some extra lectures.
The ESSENSE Project was presented during the 14th annual
International Technology, Education
and Development Conference, INTED2020, that was held in Valencia (Spain) on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th of March, 2020. INTED
is one of the largest international education conferences for lecturers,
researchers, technologists and professionals from the educational sector. After 14 years, it has become a
reference event where more than 700 experts from 80 countries will get together
to present their projects and share their knowledge on teaching and learning
methodologies and innovations on educational technology. During these days, Mr.
Carlos González from CETEM performed a poster presentation where all the
interested assistants could share their
feedback and ask relevant questions about the
topic. There was sound interest from different Universities from the United
Kingdom, Spain, Qatar, Germany, Mexico and the United States. These
universities will be contacted during our next activities related to the
Blueprint definition and Workplan for the period 2021-2024.
The third transnational project meeting for the EU-project “ESSENSE” took place in the facilities of Ageing Lab near the Andalusian city Jaén in Spain. The aim of the project is to develop a complete educational offer for universities and continuing education providers, combining the topics of Building Information Modeling with “Active Assisted Living” (also: “Ambient Assisted Living” – in short: AAL) by the end of the project in 2021.
The project meeting in Jaén focused on the presentation of a “Educational Philosophy” and the “Joint Curriculum”, in which the structure and rough contents of the higher education programme are defined. The validation of this Joint Curriculum by relevant stakeholders is scheduled for early December 2019.
In terms of content, the partners from Spain, Germany, North Macedonia and Slovenia discussed the requirements of the collaborative learning platform on which ESSENSE offers the training programme with didactic materials such as learning videos. The didactic content of the curriculum was another focus of the meeting. A total of five modules will be developed on topics such as “Basic Concepts of BIM”, “Needs of the senior citizens and their caretakers” or “Smart Housing and Ambient Assisted Living principles”.
We thank Ageing Lab and all project partners for the great organisation and the successful meeting! Further information about the project and the possibility to subscribe to the ESSENSE-newsletter can be found on the website of the ESSENSE-project.
8th European Forum for Science, Technology and Innovation (TRANSFIERE), held at the Malaga Conference Center.
Meeting point between company and research groups for the transfer of knowledge, the application of innovative projects and opportunities to generate business and professional contacts. the objective was to reach innovative ideas with the purpose of creating new technology products and services.
Ageing Social Lab participated in this fair with a stand as you can see in the photos below. Essense project was presented in this fair, where was outlined the use of BIM in the design, construction and management of multifunctional indoor environments will greatly contribute to meet the requirements of Europe’s ageing population while promoting healthy and safe ageing.
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