Bring innovative learning methods to manufacturers

TELL ME is a European-funded research project to improve training in small and medium-sized manufacturing environments by using the latest technologies and insights. The aim is to bring innovative learning methods to manufacturers so they can better supply the needs of their markets, which include larger industries.

TELL ME book can be downloaded here

The TELL ME consortium, which encompasses industry, universities, research labs, technology firms and innovation companies from all over Europe, concludes its work in 2015. To encourage the best outcome for this project, we will publish regular reports, discussions and relevant research material on our Forum, where all interested parties and organisations are welcome to contribute.

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The Consortium is preparing a public campaign of demonstrations in several EU countries; workshops are planned in next six months.

They will involve dozens of Companies (mainly SMEs) with their Blue Collar Workers and operation managers of the manufacturing sector.

Live Demonstrators are being set up allowing hands-on experience to all participants to show facts and practice of Technology Enhanced Learning.

Interviews and questionnaires will be used to gather participants’ feedback.

For dates and venues of workshops, stay tuned

The Vision

TELL ME is short for “Technology-Enhanced Learning Livinglab for Manufacturing Environments”, a very long name for a simple idea: can we make better use of the latest learning techniques to improve skills and value-creation in small and medium factories across Europe? As Britain’s Professor Paul Lefrère, TELL ME’s chief scientific officer, says: “The SME (small and medium enterprise) sector is key to Europe’s economic future. Giving workers effective access to the latest techniques allows us to make best use of our greatest competitive asset: an unsurpassed heritage of creative and manufacturing skills.”

The Project

TELL ME is a three-year project that started in November 2012. It is a significant €8.3m R&D project, funded by the Consortium Partners and a €5.9m research grant from the European Commission under its FP7 Framework Programme. The project has started with an evaluation by researchers of the current state of the art: how are skills being taught and learned in small and medium manufacturing environments? The draft TELL ME report on current methodologies was issued in April 2013 and you can read it here. Currently the team is framing its recommendations for future methodologies and laying the foundations for new platforms and workplace models.