FAZ - Educational Resources

FAZ ( cvr DK37290017) was established in 2016, it is a small privately owned company producing educational resources with a focus on CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning). FAZ offers evaluation, support, and guidance services for educational projects.

FAZ offers assistance to educational institutions across Denmark with a main focus on vocational and adult teaching institutions responsible for language teaching to immigrants and refugees. FAZ delivers workshops on bi-lingual learning across Denmark, e.g. to colleges involved in EBBD.

In 2018 FAZ became a partner in the COOL project (CLIL Online Open Learning), which is a 36 months Erasmus+ project coordinated by UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE VALENCIA,

The CLIL Open Online Learning (COOL) project involves a consortium of partners with a combined wealth of experience inlanguage pedagogy and the training of teachers. The project aims to develop resources and training for teachers in the HE sectorwith a specific focus on increasing the uptake of the Content and Language Integrated Learning methodology, which has a proventrack record of success in other sectors, but has not yet been widely adopted in the HE sector.

Learn more about the COOL Project from it website

In 2022 Kent Andersen became a volunteer at EfVET.org He is now assisting a very interesting EC Co-funded project titled BIRGIT - training on Building Information models integrated with Geographical Information. BIRGIT aims to develop interdisciplinary training courses that will provide students with competences for successful BIM-GIS integration. Read about BIRGIT from https://birgitproject.eu/

Filling skill gaps in BIM-GIS integration

The BIRGIT project will:

  • Focus on BIM-GIS data interoperability and real-world applications
  • Update vocational programs (VET) to up-to-date knowledge
  • Bridge the gap between skills supply and demand on the job market

State of the art BIM (Building Information Modelling) and GIS (Geographic Information Systems) technologies are increasingly used both in urban, facility and infrastructure planning. The best improvement of the processes is though achieved when the BIM and GIS approaches are used simultaneously; in other words, when the buildings and constructions are visualised and analysed together with their surroundings. It results in higher effectivity and sustainability by reducing time, costs and carbon footprints.

Objectives Integration of BIM and GIS sectors requires high expertise from professionals of both domains. Lack of skilled personnel is probably the main constrain why the integration does not proceed faster. The main goal of the BIRGIT project is thus to train specialists able to unify the approaches and to solve problems connected with this unification.

Expected results More specifically, we aim to carefully plan and develop new learning materials that will subsequently upgrade VET programs within the consortium. First, we will map the needs of different stakeholders, in order to focus on the right skills most crucial on the labour market. Then, we will specify desired learning objectives and analyse existing BIM-GIS training materials. Next step will be to adapt these materials to different languages and national needs, as well as to harmonise datasets for hands-on exercises.

However, the core activity will be the development of the new courses, fulfilling the required learning objectives. Creation of these materials will be based on the SCRUM methodology that helps teams to work together. Different profiles of the consortium members guarantee the expertise in both BIM and GIS domains. Finally, we will test the new courses in the real training context to get feedback directly from the trainees. Their insights will help us to further improve the learning materials.

Outputs The new courses will cover the latest advancements in both BIM and GIS technologies and focus on competencies for their successful integration. Video-lectures, data sets, assignments, reading suggestions and test questionnaires will be combined in each of the courses to cover diverse learning styles. Project results will be provided under open licences and we plan several dissemination events.

The BIRGIT teams meet online every two weeks

The first reports from the project: Report on Industry requirements on BIM-GIS training programs and courses. 

The report contains three tasks:

1: Review of existing courses and learning material,

2: Survey of industry needs 

3: Specification of VET courses.   

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Projects authored/co-written by FAZ (Kent Andersen) or with FAZ participation

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