The terminology we use ....

The overall ICT-DRV project works primarily with two different approaches within the wide-spread field of multimedia-based/ technology-enhanced learning/ training. On the one hand the project deals with simulator-based training, on the other with computer-based training. 

    

Computer-based training:

Computer-based training is a very heterogeneously used term referring to very different kinds of training primarily facilitated by computers or mobile computing devices. There have been no specifications made about computer-based training in the framework of directive 2003/59/EC. A number of European countries developed own guidelines on computer-based training in this context mainly limiting the use of computers-based training to class-room settings. Only in a few cases computer-based training in terms of distance learning/ learning outside the class room is considered as eligible.
   

  • In the framework of ICT-DRV the term “computer-based training” will be understood as distance and/or blended learning approach within professional drivers initial and continuous VET facilitated by a computer or other kind of mobile computing device. The computer or mobile computing device enables the interaction between the learner and electronic-based content (courseware/software) and/or between the learner and an-/other individual/-s (fellow learners, trainer, tutor). It can be self-paced and/or instructor-led and includes different kind of media.

   

Simulator-based training:

Directive 2003/59 (being the regulation primarily referred to in the framework of ICT-DRV) considers simulator-based training with top-of-the range simulators. However, the term “top-of-the-range simulator” is not further specified, but a number of countries provide additional specifications on simulators in order to be considered as “top-of-the-range simulator” (see among others France, Germany, Finland, the Netherlands, Czech Republic, Hungary). Such considerations are mostly based on and/or include the learning outcomes aspired with the application of simulator-based training.
   

  • Therefore, the term “simulator-based training” can be specified in the context of ICT-DRV as a training approach within professional drivers initial and continuous VET supported by an artificially created virtual but almost realistic environment that mirrors the “real world” conditions of driving. A simulator replicates relevant external factors and conditions with which a driver interacts as well as scenarios and events with sufficient reality to reach the aspired learning outcomes whilst allowing for the assessment of the drivers behaviour.

     

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