IO1.1 Self-study module: Further development of the methodological-didactic concept of the learning factory

IO1.1 was developed by the research teams of the Chair of Production Systems and of the Institute of Work Science together with the learning factories from Patras and Budapest as well as the CCIs of BG, HU and EL and deals with the learning factory as an innovative learning place for the acquisition of digital competences and the further development as a methodical-didactic learning concept. The result describes the learning factory along selected characteristics based on a morphologist for learning factories and provides the opportunity for self-reflection and evaluation of learning factories that already exist or are currently being set up. Examples of different learning factories in Bochum, DE, Budapest, HU, Patras, EL and in Gabrovo, BG are presented. In the second part of the module, the development of quality standards for learning factories is discussed with the aim of ensuring the transfer of learning in practice. A training concept for the learning factory is also included.

IO1.1 a Learning video – Learning factory LPS Bochum

The learning video is an additional learning material for the Digital Coaches (DC) and serves to briefly explain the concept of the learning factory and to give an overview of the contents of the self-learning module IO1. Subsequently, the learning and research factory at the Ruhr University Bochum is presented with its technical equipment and its teaching and research focuses. The learning factory LPS represents a best practice and can inspire other learning factories in setting up, further developing and designing educational activities.

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IO1.1 b Learning video – Teaching Factory Approach, Patras

The learning video is an additional learning material for digital coaches and serves to briefly explain the concept of the Teaching Factory as a methodical approach to designing educational activities to promote digital competencies. The video presents the individual phases of preparing, implementing and following up on a Teaching Factory for companies and goes into detail about the respective tasks of the digital coach in this process. It then presents an example of the implementation of a Teaching Factory that was carried out with one of the project’s pilot companies.

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IO1.2 Self-study module: Establishing the role of a digital coach: potentials and challenges in practice

IO1.2 was developed by the IAW and aims at describing the DC’s field of activity as well as identifying potentials and resistances in establishing his field of activity in practice. The participants learn which potentials and resistances are particularly relevant in BG, HU and EL and how to deal with them. In this context, the results of a study will be discussed, which presents the advantages and disadvantages of using ADAPTION. The module first focuses on the starting point of the digital transformation, the challenges involved and, as a result, the relevance of a DC. Furthermore, participants learn the distinction between an internal and external DC as well as theoretical framework concepts, such as the promoter model, which underpins the establishment. Last but not least, insight is given into how workshops can be designed to qualify the DC.

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IO1.3 Roadmap for planning digital transformation projects for Digital Coach

The aim of the roadmap or customer journey is to provide the Digital Coach with a tool that guides the planning of their client’s digital transformation program through logical steps that ensure optimal preparation for execution. This journey is a process: it has a start and an end, inputs and outputs, goals, tasks, responsible parties and process steps that need to be completed.

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IO1.4 Training concepts for internal and external digital coaches in the LPS Learning and Research Factory (LFF), Bochum, Germany (Part1)

To qualify the DC, three consecutive teaching and learning activities based on the self-learning modules were conceptually developed and implemented in three different learning factories. For this teaching and learning materials were developed and made available for the design of further qualification programs.

The first LLA took place at the LFF in Bochum and focused on the following: Learning Factory LPS Bochum, Quality management as a foundation of digitalization, Challenges of Industry 4.0 for young entrepreneurs (IO3), Majority model in the industry (IO4).


  1. to further develop the DC’s area of ​​responsibility
  2. to qualify the participants with the maturity model (ADAPTION)
  3. to familiarize the participants with the concept of the learning factory
  4. to inform participants about quality management concepts that are particularly relevant from the perspective of digital transformation
  5. familiarize participants with the topic of Industry 4.0, developments and consequences

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IO1.5 Training concepts for internal and external digital coaches at the Industry 4.0 Technology Center at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics (Part 2)

The second teaching and learning activity took place at the Industry 4.0 Technology Center in Budapest. The qualification dealt with the learning factory using the example of the University of Budapest, application of ADAPTION in practice (implementation guide for DC), corporate strategy for digital transformation and agile project management, learning transfer and value creation processes.


  • Reflection on the methodological-didactic concept of the learning factory in Budapest
  • Testing individual application steps of ADAPTATION
  • Teaching learning content for the development of a business strategy for digital transformation and the necessary project management skills
  • Introduction to the most important IT and technology skills required to understand digitalisation
  • Transfer-oriented and workplace-oriented design of teaching measures and training in the context of the learning factory
  • Characteristics of value creation processes and the impact of digitalization

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IO1.6 Training concepts for internal and external digital coaches at the Industry 4.0 Technology Center at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics (Part 3)

The 3rd teaching and learning activity took place in the Learning Factory of the University of Patras. The focus was on the Teaching Factory (TF) approach as a special methodological-didactic concept for promoting digital competencies from Patras, strategies for ensuring acceptance, limits and possibilities of participation, development of new business models and corporate cooperation for the implementation of digital solutions .


  1. concretization of the tasks of the DC within the TF.
  2. simulation of the TF with a pilot company (olive oil manufactory)
  3. enabling the development of concrete measures to achieve the target state (ADAPTION) in companies
  4. teaching learning content to ensure the acceptance of digital solutions
  5. reflecting on the limits and possibilities of participation in the implementation of digital solutions
  6. developing new business models against the background of digitalization
  7. information on the development of corporate cooperation

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IO1.7 Training concept for Digital Coaches on the application of the Adaptation Maturity Model (DE, EN, HU, BG, EL)

The implementation of ADAPTION by the DC in companies is divided into three phases: the preparation phase, the implementation phase and the post-processing phase. To enable the DC to apply the ADAPTION maturity model in practice, a training concept including learning materials (manual, implementation plan, presentations, training program, etc.) was developed and translated into all partner languages. These learning materials were successfully tested in the project and serve as a basis for the DC local trainings and practical applications of ADAPTATION. The aim is to provide a cohesive methodological approach and set of working materials for future DCs, as well as to describe in more detail the different application phases, including the tasks that the DC will undertake. For illustrative purposes, examples are provided in several places to make the described tasks more tangible. An example from the pre-test implementation in HU as well as a field report as learning material are included.

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Training concept for DC on the use of ADAPTION (EN)

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IO1.7a Adaptation maturity model – Excel tool (DE, EN, HU, BG, EL)

The heart of the ADAPTION project is the so-called maturity model. This consists of 48 different criteria, each with up to 8 characteristics, which are visualized in an Excel table. The user can mark the actual state and target state of a company and derive possible change measures from this. The criteria can be assigned to at least one socio-technical dimension, ie technology, organization or personnel. The three socio-technical areas thus cover the majority of a manufacturing company, although they are constantly being supplemented and further developed as technology advances. The application of the ADAPTION maturity model is explained in detail in IO 4 “ADAPTION model” and “Guidelines for implementing ADAPTION”.

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