Learning Modules: Sequencing


Requirements for the development of learning modules in VET 4.0
Definition: Learning module in VET 4.0 is a didactical learning unit to implement the newly emerging work processes and tasks.
The modules developed in this project deal with typical topics of digitalization and automatization in industrial production processes, in electronics and mechatronics.
On a methodological level they use the possibilities and tools the internet and cloud computing offer to enhance learning in distance and presence settings.
The modules are supposed to fulfil the following general guidelines and to consider the special recommendations to VET 4.0. Due to limited technical equipment, different previous experience in the partner countries and lacking former experience, it was not compulsory to meet all of them.

General guidelines

  • Learning modules have a concrete product or a learning product (theoretical or virtual).
  • The competences to be achieved are described.
  • The learning modules have phases for planning, implementation, exercise and assessment and evaluation (feedback about competence increase).
  • The learning product is achieved through cooperative and interdisciplinary work.
  • The learning module promotes self-controlled and individual learning processes.
  • It is ready for open use.
  • It can be carried out independently from special software or learning material providers.
  • It is transferable to other sectors.
  • It can be implemented in the current curriculum or be offered as add-on for an additional qualification.
  • Background information for its implementation is provided (e.g. learning arrangements and techniques, cooperation forms, possible assessment, necessary infrastructure, equipment, etc.).
  • It can be assigned to an EQF-level.

Recommendations with special regard to VET 4.0

  • The learning module promotes e-learning and blended-learning.
  • It is based on cloud computing.
  • It promotes collaborative working of different persons/groups and of human beings and machines/robots.
  • It can apply advanced analytics (e.g. data-mining, big data analytics).
  • It prepares for working with automated, responsive and mobile processes.
  • Its development and implementation is multidisciplinary (T-shaped).
  • It promotes self-organization.
  • It considers data security and data protection.
  • It considers social implications of VET 4.0


The learning modules show a clear structured sequence which is action-oriented and represent the process of a complete vocational activity. Our learning modules comprise:
Intro: A short overview on what is the learning module about, for whom it is of interest and how you will learn.
Scenario: Narrative task which is presented in an authentic situation.
Development of the concrete tasks, the work plan, (international) division of work, ways of collaboration.
(Multidisciplinary or multinational) problem solving, implementation of the tasks.
Assessment of training success.
Meta-cognitive self-reflexion and evaluation of the learning process.

Learning Modules: Tools

Key Questions

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Smart and  Keen Company - My Trolley Chip

This module is characterized by the fact that a trolley chip assembly machine is envisioned to be constructed, manufactured, built, programmed and used by students of interdisciplinary training courses themselves. This distinguishes it from the work with I4.0 training stations which are on the market available.

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Internet of Things - Plant Irrigation

Plant Irrigation covers a wide variety of Industry 4.0 technologies. This module integrates in a real project different steps and skills very demanding in the working world 4.0. Within this project students of telecommunications installations and microcomputer systems learn how to develop intelligent real time plant irrigation controlled by web or mobile (manually or automatically). The student module is subdivided in 5 integrated submodules:
Electronics, Linux operating system and sensors data exchange, Real time Database, Hybrid Application, Statistics.

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Intelligent House 4.0 - Smart Light Control

Students of electronic face the challenge to be able to plan, install and maintain the intelligent house 4.0 which is promoted already for several years. In this module by a simple device possible tasks of electricians and electronic technicians in the craft sector can be simulated. A simple assembling board (e.g. a wall made of wood or chipboard or similar materials) shows the structure of a small building. Various smart home components (sensors, actuators, control unit, … ) could be mounted on both sides of the assembling board. On one side you can mount “inside” components, such as lights, switches e.g. and on the other side “outside” components such as doors, windows, video-camera etc. Thus a variety of tasks can be planned and implemented.

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Submodul final:

Digital Factory for Individualized Mass Products

Due to digitalization it is possible to produce common mass products considering individual demands. In this module you will learn how to set up and operate a digital production chain for simple, customizable, die-cast plastic objects. Customers will have the greatest possible control in the online design and indivdualization of the product which increases the product’s value. The entire production chain is documented clearly in digital form for the customer.

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Internet of Things - The Intelligent LED-Sign

The design of an intelligent LED sign makes it possible to deal with a large number of Industry 4.0 technologies. In addition to creative and planning aspects, which are becoming increasingly important in the working world, the students gain an insight into the application of microcomputer systems, their connection with the real and virtual world.
To capture the real world we promote an understanding of the use of sensors, networking with the virtual world is done using WIFI standards and typical Internet of things technologies such as the MQTT.
The students design an LED sign, realize the setup and program the control, which can also be controlled by integration into the Internet via a smartphone.
Electronics, sensors and data exchange, protocols of the IoT (MQTT), programming.

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