Review of our TechCare Online Event on 15 July 2020
We want to bring you up to date on what’s going on with us: Our Tech Care event in July was very exciting and successful despite the great distance and the challenges involved. We have created a video for all interested parties, which you can watch now in the follow-up. You can find the link here. But even though you can watch the video or look at the presentation, we want to report briefly about the day in this article, so that you can get an impression of the event. You can find them in the presentation under this link.
About 50 people from 24 organizations with very different professional contexts took part in the online event. Among others, well-known non-profit organizations such as the „Deutsches Rotes Kreuz“ from Germany and the “Parkinson Association of Madrid” from Spain, but also scientific departments such as the “Geriatrics Research Group” and start-up companies such as “Navel robotics” took part. And just as the organizations are very different, the discussions were also very diverse.
First of all I would like to tell you something about the course of the event. At the beginning of the online meeting, starting at 9:30am, the participants had the opportunity to introduce themselves in groups of 5 to 10 people. They talked about the main topics of their organizations, their positions in their companies and their interests in the event. At 10:00 a.m. there was the official welcome by Mr. Veit Walter, the head of the research and development department of the “Wohlfahrtswerk für Baden-Württemberg” and Ruth Dankbar, the project manager of the TechCare project. Ingrid Hastedt, the CEO of the “Wohlfahrtswerk für Baden-Württemberg” gave a short summary of the event and welcomed the project managers, the project partners and participants.
The TechCare project was presented as an Erasmus project and its significance, objectives, the results and the requirement of a safe implementation were explained by Georgios Koumanakos. He started the presentation, which you can find below. He described demographic change and its consequences. From this he deduced the importance of innovative-assisted living technologies for safe and independent aging. In doing so, he emphasised the conditions for a secure implementation.
Eulalià Hernandez explained how we developed the content of the e-learning module and the Moodle course. Based on a needs analysis with 30 caregivers from Germany, Greece and Spain a training on the adaptability of the assistant living technologies in home and community care was developed and integrated in a Moodle course with 6 modules. With the help of the course, the nursing staff should learn and be sensitized how they can use technical assistance systems for the care. This involves understanding the importance of ethical aspects, the use and benefits of technical equipment and the role of care with increasing technical support. You can access the Moodle course online for free and without registering by using the following link.
Ruth Dankbar described that such a project can of course only be successfully implemented with the help of test phases and practical experience. In the pilot phases we received feedback that the topic is very interesting but still somewhat abstract and plays a subordinate role in practice. The participants found the Moodle course very detailed and well structured. They were able to see and understand the goals of the project and the videos in the modules were descripted as extremely helpful. We have deduced from this that technical assistance systems have so far only partially arrived in practice. Therefore, on the one hand, all those involved in the care system should be adequately informed about the benefits and usability. And on the other hand, ways should be worked out how technology can be better used in the care process. Afterwards, the participants had the opportunity to deepen their knowledge in various discussion groups.
The topics were:
1. New forms of digital based communication – from bilateral conversation to learn environments digital events. Cure or curse?
2. Experiences with implementing new technologies, projects, innovation etc. – exchange of good practices
3. Online/ blended/ F2F learning
4. Importance of safety for caregivers to incorporate ALT in home care
Due to the fact that not all participants were able to hear or take part in all the discussion topics, the most important points were subsequently summarized by the discussion leaders. Finally, Mr. Walter highlighted the importance of the TechCare project and especially the use of technology and its opportunities in care. He also thanked all participants for their participation.
In a way, the TechCare Online Event forms the final point of our project. We thank all participants for their support, involvement and interest. And we thank you for visiting our blog regularly and keeping up to date. We have learned a lot, enjoyed the project and are convinced that we could and will make an important contribution to the implementation of technical assistance systems. If you have any questions or comments, please send us an e-mail or leave us a comment. See you soon!