Blended Learning course
on Measurement Uncertainty
for advanced vocational training


The project SAM-EMU (142922-LLP-1-2008-1-PL-ERASMUS-ECDEM) has delivered the first web-based eLearning course specifically designed to teach the subject of measurement uncertainty to students in universities, creating the basis for the development and delivery of a vocational training course.The user-needs analysis indicated that there is strong and growing demand for adequate and flexible training in this area for industrial employees as well. However, the analysis also went on to show that the majority of such employees are not familiar with new methods for delivery of vocational education such as eLearning and that they would benefit and feel more comfortable with practical exercises including interaction with the tutor and other students.

The results of the user-needs analysis meant that it became a key aim of the new MUVOT project to adjust the existing material to fit this model. This was achieved through adapting the existing material to a less purely 'theoretical' level of knowledge whilst developing additional elements of training to enable employees to participate in this new, self-guided learning activity.

During the project, the available content of SAM-EMU was adapted to the specific requirements of the target group by the project consortium, featuring partners from six countries, each of which are active in vocational training for manufacturing metrology and who translated the existing material into national languages.

The existing material was augmented by exercises specifically prepared for face-to-face workshops. Additionally, some new content was developed and provided which is of specific relevance for the industrial application of knowledge about measurement uncertainty and was requested from interested participants.

As part of the project pilot courses will be run to examine and test the quality and level of developed materials and further improvements will be investigated and undertaken. The consortium aims to establish the training course within the various national vocational training networks and in the long term it is envisaged that the course shall contribute to the initiation of a well-funded, commonly acknowledged and European harmonized vocational programme of education for manufacturing metrologists.


This project has been funded with support from the European Commission.

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