Transformative Education
for Health Professionals

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Ambient Assisted Living: training programme for continuing professional development

Dr. Jörn Krückeberg

Health worker education and training must keep pace with the increasing use of information, communication and technologies in all areas of health care, from management and administration to services and interventions, and education and research.

The German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) funded a national project on Ambient Assisted Living (AAL), which fits in a wider European AAL project funded by the European Commission. The aim of AAL is to enhance the quality of life of older people and strengthening the industrial base in Europe through the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT)

Full project description: 

As part of this BMBF funded project Hannover Medical School (Medizische Hochschule Hannover, MHH) developed “MHH-QuAALi” a blended learning AAL training course for all cadres of health workers and non health sector personnel such as craftpersons and technicians.

Project description

Against the background of the demographic change the use of state-of-the-art communication and information technologies becomes an important role in health care and medicine.

To promote the acceptance and dissemination of AAL, it is necessary to inform health workers, as well as other non health sector personnel about the possibilities of AAL to help people to be active, joyful and socially connected in the society as they age, from both a societal and personal perspective, effectively contributing to their health, overall quality of life and to social inclusion. This latter group includes craftpersons and technicians to ensure homes are built / modified in an age appropriate manner.
This will require that the education and training is modular, adaptive and responsive.

The objectives of MHH-QuAALi were i. to raise awareness of AAL technologies and services and their potential applications in the health care sector, ii. provide education and training to those occupations which are constantly in contact with the potential target group of AAL.

Output: A qualification recognizing the participant as an AAL consultant.

Format: blended learning, two learning modules with 40 lessons each per week complemented by e-learning materials and methods.

The concept of the qualification for AAL consultant comprises:

Foundation course and advanced module (40 hours each): Face to face, with blended learning in-service support, with continuing professional education linked to learning options at Universities and integrated into other educational platforms. Designed to enable
low / easy entry level, inter- disciplinary, focus on practice alongside multi-media learning tools for self paced learning

Final exam result: IHK-certificate acknowledged as professional qualification + continuing education credits (RbP).
Competency based curriculum

The course participants at the end of the course be able to:

Knowledge base, what types of support are available for health workers in terms of AAL technology;

Use AAL-technology for collaborative communication between professional groups;

Users / recipients of AAL-Technology are trained to recognize and use the technology to assist everday living.


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