This article reports on further steps to introduce the use of Learning Toolbox (LTB) to their areas of specialisation – by the trainers themselves (without the presence of supporting R&D partners of the Learning Layers project). The first case deals with extending the piloting to a new trade. The second case deals with the transversal learning area of Health and Safety.
New project for Brunnenbauer apprentices in Rohrleitungsbau
Originally the author had come to discuss with Bau-ABC trainer Stefan Wiedenstried the question, how to link his areas of specialisation (Strassenbau – road-building and Rohrleitungsbau – pipeline building) with the LTB-piloting. However, it appeared that the next group with whom he should work was the initial pilot group of the well-builders (Brunnenbauer) with whom his colleagues Lothar Schoka had started the LTB pilot in that area. Also, the same group had been the test group to whom the colleagues from Aalto University had presented the LL tool AchSo when they were having training in metalworking (see Article Four below).
This gave Stefan a clue, how to start. He looked at the stack that was prepared for the Brunnenbauer project in which the apprentices first time used LTB (Projektordner Schoka). And based on this model he started to develop his own stack (Projektorder Wiedenstried) in a similar format as the original.
The project “Waagerechter-Verbau” takes shape as an LTB stack
The title of his project is “1-03-04 Waagerechter-Verbau nach Din 4124″. The task is to prepare the grounds for laying pipelines for drinking water in exactly horizontal position according to the norm DIN 4124. After the introductory message Stefan created a collection tile that contains the project description and a set of photos that illustrate the task. He then tested the functioning of the chat function with Lothar Schoka, who also linked this stack to the ‘parent stack’ of this group of well-builders. After all these preparatory measures Stefan announced the stack on the Facebook-page of his trade “Tiefbau im Bau-ABC Rostrup”, see below:
We had already had some preliminary talks with the Health and Safety specialist (Sicherheitsfachkraft) of Bau-ABC, Thomas Weerts, on the use of LTB for this special area. At that time we came up with ideas, how to make essential reference materials and practical tools accessible for users with the LTB. Now it was time to put these ideas into practice.
We considered that this stack should not be exclusively for users in Bau-ABC but also in construction companies. Therefore, we named it as ‘Health and Safety in construction sector’ (Arbeitssicherheit in construction sector). Thus, it should support in-company trainers (betriebliche Ausbilder) and shop stewards for this area (Sicherheitsbeauftragten).
Firstly, (after an introductory message) Thomas prepared a collection of materials with links to web-based reference materials of Berufsgenossenschaften (public trade-specific bodies for hazard prevention and social insurance in industry and crafts & trades). Also, this collection introduces their mobile apps and compendia that are available as CD-ROMs in companies and training centres.
Secondly, Thomas prepared another collection with links to tools for individual users to assess health and safety risks in the context of work tasks (Gefährdungsbeurteilung). In apprentice training this is a mandatory task and it is supported by special worksheets provided by the respective Berufsgenossenschaften.
At that point we stopped, since Thomas had other duties. However, he had already created a prototype-stack by which gives an overview of some reference documents and on some tools to be used by construction workers and apprentices. He was prepared to continue with the next steps to bring more domain-specific issues and interactivity into picture. Here, the parallel work with trade-specific stacks (e.g. for carpenters, bricklayers and well-builders) can give some clues, how to draw attention to health and safety issues in these trades.