Trainorthot 3rd Project consortium Meeting; Development of e-learning platform


Third consortium meeting of Trainorthot Leonardo Project ("Trans-national on-line course to provide specific vocational training to professionals on the treatment of foot pathologies.") took place in Zlín (Czech Republic) at Tomas Bata University’s facilities on May, 2013.

This project aims to develop trans-national on-line courses on orthotic treatment of foot pathologies for professionals and students in the foot orthopaedic sector in different European countries.

This initiative pursues to mitigate the differences between various European countries in relation to the foot orthopaedic sector, educational programs, categorization of the orthopaedic professionals, their competences and skills. In addition, the ambition is to provide professionals in sector with educational basis and training that will enable them to adapt to the evolving market and customer requirements.

TrainOrthot builds on the results obtained in a previous R&D project, INNOFOOT (Innovative Treatment of Foot Disorders COLL-CT-2006-030468). INNOFOOT generated training materials with a generic syllabus not specifically addressed to the particular professional profiles of different countries. Part of these training materials is based on a collection of books (‘Orthopedische Schoentechniek’) published by the orthopeadic Dutch association NVOS, which allowed to use them for Trainorthot training purposes.

During the first year of the project (Dec 2011 – Nov 2012), national and international professional associations and educational institutions involved in the project have been working to identify training needs of different countries involved in the project (Czech Republic, Slovakia, United Kingdom and Spain) and to adapt them to the contents of the course. Consortium meeting in Zlín enabled partners to summarize and evaluate progress made during last 5 months of project execution. During this period (Jan – May 2013), partners have been working on translating original English version of the training material to three other languages (Spanish, Czech and Slovak), generating the online platform structure, and implementing the educational materials and - their content. e-learning platforms will be implemented and finalized by the end of June 2013.

The third consortium meeting has been recognized as a valuable opportunity to meet, report and review project progress, discuss findings, clarify open questions, and align and confirm next steps.

In upcoming months, project consortium will focus on finalising the online platform. Afterwards, a pilot testing and validation of the courses is planned to be realized in Czech Republic, Slovakia, Spain and United Kingdom. The pilot course will last seven weeks, starting at the end of September and finishing at the beginning of November 2013.

E-learning course has following structure:

Module 1: Introduction to the examination of the living body

Module 2: Foot pathologies

Module 3: Recording the foot shape and sizes

Module 4: Footwear plans

Module 5: Lasts

Module 6: Introduction to how shoes are produced

Module 7: Adjustments to shoe ware and insoles

Should you be interested to participate in the pilot testing, please, feel free to contact your local partner, in order to receive pilot testing assignment information (availability & conditions). Please, use PILOT TRAINORTHOT INFORMATION as subject of the mail.

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Trainorthot is a two-year project funded by European Union in the Lifelong Learning Program. It is coordinated by APTO (Association of workers from Orthotics Industry in Slovakia), and composed by four other partners: ISPO (International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics), UTB (Tomas Bata University of Zlin), IBV (Biomechanics Institute of Valencia), and UoS (University of Salford).

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