IAEA Supports Nuclear Education and Training in
11 July 2013 - Two IAEA events related to nuclear education and training via e-learning using the IAEA’s Regional Learning Management System (R-LMS) were recently hosted by the National Nuclear Energy Agency of Indonesia (BATAN) in Jakarta, Indonesia.
The new learning management system was designed and developed based on the experience and lessons learned from the Asian Network of Education in Nuclear Technology (ANENT). R-LMS has been installed at the Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute (KAERI) which provided the system for the events in Indonesia.
The e-learning system has also been installed in Argentina for the Latin American Network LANENT, in Ghana, for the African Network AFRA-NEST and in the United Arab Emirates.
‘Train the Trainers’ Course
‘Train the trainers’ was the motto of the first event, a regional training course in which some twenty energy planners from the Asian and Pacific region were introduced to e-learning tools for IAEA energy planning models. The participants were able to develop skills to organize similar e-learning courses in their countries and thereby help strengthen national competences.
“We demonstrated how to use the IAEA’s e-learning packages for our planning models MESSAGE and MAED”, said Irej Jalal from the Planning and Economic Studies Section in the IAEA Department of Nuclear Energy. “And the participants also got very useful hands-on training”.
MAED is a computer assisted Model for Analysis of Energy Demand. It evaluates future energy demand based on a series of assumptions including factors such as the production and consumption of goods and services and lifestyle changes caused by increasing personal incomes.
MESSAGE, the Model of Energy Supply Strategy Alternatives and their General Environmental Impacts, can help design long term energy supply strategies or test energy policy options by analysing cost optimal energy mixes, investment needs and other costs for energy provision.
ANENT Technical Meeting
The second event, held jointly and in parallel to the “Train the Trainers’ course was the ANENT Technical Meeting. The participants reviewed progress in national nuclear education projects and use of the Cyber Learning Platform for Nuclear Education and Training (CLP4NET) and the regional learning management system R-LMS, developing e-learning materials, outreach activities and collaboration with other education networks.
“On the first and last day of the two events, we held joint sessions”, said Keiko Hanamitsu, Knowledge Management Specialist in the Nuclear Knowledge Management Section, IAEA Department of Nuclear Energy. “This provided an opportunity for all participants to exchange ideas among developers and users of the regional learning management system”.
The meetings’ programmes also included a joint technical tour of BATAN’s research reactor MPR30 in Serpong, Indonesia.
“Using e-learning methods is a fairly new approach adopted by the IAEA to augment its technical support to Member States”, said Mr Jalal. “It has increased the efficiency and productivity of the IAEA’s services”.
The IAEA Regional Training Course on “Train the Trainers in Conducting e-Learning on Energy Planning” was held in Jakarta, Indonesia, 13−17 May 2013, under the IAEA Technical Cooperation Project RAS0064 “Supporting nuclear education and training through e-learning and other means of advanced information communication technology (ICT)”.
ANENT, the Asian Network of Education in Nuclear Technology is a regional partnership established in 2004 and supported by the IAEA. The primary objectives of ANENT are to assist the member countries in building capacity and develop human and scientific infrastructure through co-operation in education, nuclear knowledge management and related research and training in nuclear technology in the Asian region by utilizing the e-learning platform and advanced ICT.