Short title: PATHFINDER

Long title: Hybrid learning paths for professional education in manufacturing

Assignment to our (IMW) research priorities:

  • Education and Training
  • Human-centricity
  • Digital Learning
  • Industry 4.0

Sponsor: EIT Manufacturing

Duration: 01.01.2022-31.12.2022


Professional education in manufacturing that integrates hybrid learning can provide a serious boost to trainer performance and trainee outcomes. Hybrid learning utilizes and combines the benefits of online learning (e.g. flexibility, reusability, easy access and cost efficiency) and those of contact learning (e.g. social presence, physical interaction, instant and personalized feedback). COVID-19 changed the traditional contact learning paths for working professionals and is expected to change how professional education will be organized and delivered in the future. Therefore, PATHFINDER aims to ANALYSE, DESIGN, DEVELOP, IMPLEMENT and EVALUATE hybrid-learning paths for working professionals.


PATHFINDER provides a benchmark for professional education in manufacturing and serves as a guide for optimizing future paths of instructional delivery. Furthermore, it opens a marketplace by integrating already developed and new modular, interactive lessons (so-called “learning nuggets”) into existing training programs for the use on the Guided Learning Platform (GLP) of EIT Manufacturing.


  • TU Wien, Research Group of Production and Maintenance Management
  • TU Wien, Institute of Production Engineering and Photonic Technologies
  • Aalto University
  • Chalmers University of Technology
  • Czech Technical University in Prague
  • Mondragon University
  • University of Ljubljana
  • Sandvik Machining Solutions AB

Project management:

Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Fazel Ansari