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In the course of the Hotmaps project, a number of free and open access training workshops and courses have been held, both on-site and online. This section gathers all the training materials developed in the context of these workshops and courses, with the aim of helping both potential users learn about the Hompats toolbox and database through a self-paced self-taught training, and future trainers/workshop hosts organize their Hotmaps training.
All Hotmaps training workshops and courses have been conceived for heating and cooling planning professionals. The training addresses how the Hotmaps database and toolbox are structured and what are their functionalities, but the theory and procedures of heating and cooling planning are assumed as already familiar to participants and are not covered by the training.
Those who wish to learn more on the heating and cooling planning theory, are invited to read the Hotmaps Handbooks, possibly before taking the training. No additional preparation is required to be able to complete this training.
The training combines:
The Hotmaps learning material is currently available in English and German. The training is modular and it covers the following functionalities:
There have been two training workshops held in person:
After the COVID-19 outbreak, three online courses have been eventually held virtually as countermeasure:
The document on the Training Material Guideline provides guidelines and examples to assist the performance of further training workshops on the use of the Hotmaps tool, as well as the self-taught training. In addition, it elaborates on practical aspects of designing, organizing and delivering a Hotmaps training, such as training structure, selection of trainers, locations and timing, promotion activities, registration and more. The process of subsequent adjustments due both to the experience and feedback gathered in the first two on-site training workshops and to the COVID-19 outbreak is explained by presenting both the original workshop draft and final agendas, as well as the online training courses agendas, together with the on-site training materials and those later used online.
The document provides also guidelines for a live presentation of the tool, a list of all the available capacity building and educational materials produced, together with their respective use. All the sections of the training are explained in detail and the training material used is illustrated, including the use of an e-learning platform, the exercises hand-outs, and their relative solutions.
Finally, it presents the feedback collected, providing both an overview of how the training courses were received, and how future training could build on this experience. The two feedback questionnaires used in the on-site and online training workshops are linked below in the respective section.
The on-site training material has evolved building on the experience and feedback collected in subsequent workshops, landing to the most up to date version, which was used for the online training and is listed in the following section.
The training material is presented below following the order in which it has been used or distributed. To see the agenda used during the training, please refer to the Training Material Guideline.
Collecting feedback was an essential part of all the Hotmaps training courses because it gave the training team information about how the training had been received and perceived, as well as where there was room for improvement. A feedback questionnaire has been used both for the on-site and for the online training, with some differences. Please access them below:
Giulia Conforto, in Hotmaps-Wiki, Training-Material (July 2020)
This page was written by Giulia Conforto e-think.
☑ This page was reviewed by Marcus Hummel e-think.
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We would like to convey our deepest appreciation to the Horizon 2020 Hotmaps Project (Grant Agreement number 723677), which provided the funding to carry out the present investigation.
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