Welcome to Learning Layers

In the Learning Layers Project, we develop technologies that support informal learning in the workplace. Our particularly focus is on Small and Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs) within Regional Innovation Clusters. We develop mobile and social technologies that unlock and enable peer production within and across those SMEs. The technologies also act as “scaffolds” for the individuals so that they can learn in the right context and at the right time. Scaling informal learning then means that shared meaning of work practices emerges at the individual (workers and practitioners), the organisational (SMEs) and the interorganizational (Cluster) level of the network. We take a design research perspective and build open technologies so others can build on our results. For this reason, we have created an Open Design Library to involve stakeholders interested in our design ideas, and an Open Developer Library through which we showcase our prototypes and involve developers interested in our work.

Read more about our project objectives and strategies, and check out the latest posts related to our two pilot regions:

The LAYERS Help Seeking tool for the Healthcare sector

The LAYERS Help Seeking tool for the Healthcare sector

Layers: The Help Seeking tool in the Healthcare sector The Learning Layers Wp2 team ran two workshops in April and May 2014 with one of the Layers GP Practices (Yorkshire, UK) ...

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The Open Design Library: Scaffolding learning in the workplace (Technologies for change)

The Open Design Library: Scaffolding learning in the workplace (Technologies for change)

The Open Design Library (ODL) is a collaborative space (see:http://odl.learning-layers.eu/) where we make the results from the Learning Layers project (www.learningLayers.eu) publicly available and invite individuals and organisations interested in ...

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Typical paths of workplace learning in construction

Typical paths of workplace learning in construction

Based on a series of interviews and an a rapid ethnography in the scope of the LAYERS exploratory study, videos on the stories of workplace learning have been created. The ...

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Layers on the Financial Times: “Technology means wisdom is shared on demand”

Layers on the Financial Times: Technology means wisdom is shared on demand

Tamsin Treasure-Jones from the The Leeds Institute of Medical Education, one of the main partners of the Learning Layers project, was interviewed by the Financial Times for an article about Training ...

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About the Learning Layers project

About the Learning Layers project

Individual videos of partners explaining what is the LAYERS project about Tobias Ley Graham Attwell Tamsin Treasure-Jones Ludger Deitmer Tor-Arne Bellika Andreas Schmidt Ronald Maier John Cook Ralf Klamma John Sandars Merja Bauters Melanie Campbell Pekka Kämäräinen Christoph Trattner Kai Pata Chris Whitehead John Bibby

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Expected offerings

Expected offerings

Partners share their views on their expected offerings to result from the LAYERS project Graham Attwell Tor-Arne Bellika Tamsin Treasure-Jones Andreas Schmidt Ronald Maier John Cook Ralf Klamma Jhon Sandars Merja Bauters Melanie Campbell Jo Colley Pekka Kämäräinen Christoph Trattner Chris Whitehead John Bibby Taavi Einaste

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Expected innovations

Expected innovations

Partners share their views on their expected innovations to emerge from the LAYERS project Graham Attwell Ludger Deitmer Tor-Arne Bellika Andreas Schmidt Ronald Maier John Cook Ralf Klamma Jhon Sandars Merja Bauters Melanie Campbell Jo Colley Pekka Kämäräinen Christoph Trattner Chris Whitehead John Bibby Taavi Einaste

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Importance of LAYERS

Importance of LAYERS

Partners of the LAYERS project share their view on the importance of the project Tobias Ley Tobias Ley (on SME collaboration enhancement) Tobias Ley (collaboration among competing SMEs?) Graham Attwell Tamsin Treasure-Jones (importance for ...

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Reshaping Workplace Design to Facilitate Better Learning

Reshaping Workplace Design to Facilitate Better Learning

Video of talk by John Cook of the University of the West of England titled: 'Reshaping Workplace Design to Facilitate Better Learning' in Washington at the George Mason University in April 2013: ...

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Reaching out to Developers

Reaching out to Developers

One of the things I am working on in the Learning layers project is user engagement. Learning Layers is based on user centred design model, involving end users and organisations in ...

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Requirements Bazaar – enable users and developers to innovate together (RE’13 best tool demo award)

Requirements Bazaar - enable users and developers to innovate together (RE'13 best tool demo award)

Turning user requirements into solutions is a major challenge of software development. It is tough for developers to fulfill the user's needs. Strikingly, often this is not due to a ...

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Why Co-design for an R&D project?

Why Co-design for an R&D project?

There are many reasons why co-design is suitable for Learning Layers project.  Listing some of the most obvious reasons are for example, co-design is flexible for parallel design activities and process, ...

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Four parallel Co-design teams

Four parallel Co-design teams

The Layers project has a challenge of combining various parallel activities in broader and narrower scale. The R&D streams are the broader parallel activities and the design teams, whose birth was ...

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Our vision

Our vision

See and hear the individual points of views from project partners: What is LAYERS about? What are the expected Innovations? What are the expected offerings? Why is LAYERS important? The Learning Layers project has recently ...

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Concept

Concept

In building heavily on existing research on situated and contextualised learning, Learning Layers provide a meaningful learning context when people interact with people, digital and physical artefacts for their informal learning. This is ...

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Objectives

Objectives

The general project objective is to scale-up informal learning technologies in SME clusters to create meaningful learning opportunities and thereby improve sustained competitiveness of individuals, SMEs and the cluster as a whole. The general objective ...

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Work streams

Work streams

In order to achieve the ambitious objectives, the Learning Layers project requires an interdisciplinary blend of different research strategies and approaches and therefore follows a strategy of continuous validation, integration ...

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What is a Cluster?

What is a Cluster?

Layers aims to serve members of SME Clusters. In Layers, two large and strategic sectors for Europe have been chosen as the focus audience, which allow Layers to scale up on ...

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Using Focus Groups and contextual factors

Using Focus Groups and contextual factors

As Learning Layers aims at supporting and proceeding informal learning practices at the workplaces of the application partners, the future end user is always in the center of attention. To ...

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Learning Layers visits Doctors and Construction Workers

Learning Layers visits Doctors and Construction Workers

Research projects on Information and Communication Technologies are often being criticized for overly emphasizing technical issues at the expense of considerations for where and how the technologies should be employed. ...

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