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Prof. Tobias Ley

Prof. Tobias Ley (PhD) is a Professor of Digital Ecosystems at CET. His main research interest is to apply cognitive models to human computer and information interaction, especially in workplace contexts. Before joining CET, he was a postdoc at the Cognitive Science Section of the University of Graz (Austria) and a Deputy Division Manager at the Know-Center (Austria’s Competence Center for Knowledge Management). He has led a number of large-scale EU funded projects in the area of Technology-enhanced Workplace Learning, as well as about 20 projects funded from the Austrian Competence Center Program for Excellent Technologies in the areas of knowledge and competency management. He was deputy scientific coordinator of the APOSDLE project (FP6, 12 mEUR) and work package leader of the MATURE project (FP7, 10 mEUR). In the MATURE project he led the workpackage on maturing services where he researched the role of knowledge structures for organisational learning. Further work is in adaptive learning systems, modelling knowledge-intensive work and learning, and collaborative knowledge building with social software. He has published over 50 scientific papers and has earned an outstanding paper award (Journal of Knowledge Management) and a best interdisciplinary paper award (ECTEL).

Learning Layers supports Workshop “ECSCW meets EC-TEL”

Date: 21 September 2013
Location: Paphos (Cyprus) collocated with EC-TEL 2013 and ECSCW 2013

This workshop explores the potential of collaborative technologies that are embedded in workplaces and practices, and which contribute to and help to scale learning on the individual, group or organisational levels. This includes particularly learning in informal, dynamic and naturalistic settings where learning often is a by-product of work.

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. The Learning Layers project is quite different in this respect as only roughly half of the overall budget will go into researching and developing technology. Continue reading

Kick-Off in Barcelona

The kick-off of the Learning Layers project has taken place from the 7th to the 9th of November in Barcelona this year. Quite a large crowd was gathered during these three days, and the nice weather and warm temperatures (at least compared to Estonian November) ensured a positive atmosphere. Over 30 persons represented all 17 project partners in Barcelona. While it is a challenge to manage such a project, a great plus is that most partners have already worked together in the past, such as within the MATURE project that has come to a successful end this year.

What was particularly reassuring was the high motivation and great initiative of the two application clusters. The medical cluster was represented by the Leeds Institute of Medical Education at Leeds University and NHS Airedale, Bradford & Leeds that commissions a wide range of Health Services in the UK. The building and construction cluster was represented by Institut Technik und Bildung at the University of Bremen, Bau-ABC Rostrup, a regional training center for the building and construction industry, and Netzwerk Nachhaltiges Bauen, a Northern German network for sustainable building.

The first tasks were started, including gathering existing materials from the two clusters and preparing several site visits. Also, we started work on an integrated scaffolding model which should provide the conceptual basis as well as the glue between the different work packages.

Oh … and we have a new logo!

Learning Layers Logo