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Learning Toolbox (LTB) Chronicle Vol. 2, 2015 – Overview

Construction Pilot articles of the Learning Layers project (Year 3)

Pekka Kämäräinen

The Learning Toolbox Chronicle is a collection of articles on the work of the Construction pilot of the Learning Layers project. The co-design process that was initiated in 2013 by the project partners from the training centre Bau-ABC Rostrup has led to the development of the integrative toolset Learning Toolbox (LTB) to support online learning and knowledge sharing.

The articles of Vol. 2, 2015 report on activities of the third year of the Learning Layers project Construction pilot that paved the way for the piloting with the Learning Toolbox in the fourth year of the project.

Article 1/2015 The Learning exhibition “nachhaltig.bauen.erleben” opened in Verden (25.4.2015)

In April 2015 the application partner Agentur experienced a highlight when the joint exhibition and office building of the organisations for ecological construction work (Agentur, NNB and NZNB) was inaugurated. In this context the Learning Exhibition “nachhaltig.bauen.erleben(sustainable.construction work. lived experience) was opened.

Article 2/2015 Training Day on Learning Layers tools in Bau-ABC Rostrup (11.5.2015)

In May 2015 the application partner Bau-ABC organised its annual Training Days for training its own staff. In this context the research partners ITB and Pontydysgu were invited to organise workshops to explore the use of Learning Layers tools – in particular of the Learning Toolbox – with Bau-ABC trainers and continuing vocational training coordinators.

Article 3/2015 Learning Layers meets Finnish promoters of apprentice training (Espoo 4.6.2015)

In June 2015 the research partners ITB and Aalto organised a meeting with Finnish promoters of apprentice training to share information on the Learning Layers pilots in construction sector (in Finland and Germany) and to discuss the developments in Finnish apprentice training.

Article 4/2015 Learning Layers presents the Learning Toolbox Beta version in the International VET conference and on a field visit to Bau-ABC (Rostrup/Bremen 2.9.-3.9.2015)

In September 2015 the developers of the Learning Toolbox launched the public Beta version via Google Playstore. This was was combined to a field visit to Bau-ABC (with ITB and Pontydysgu) and to a workshop in Bremen International Vocational Education and Training conference. 

Article 5/2015 Learning Layers in dialogue with other projects at ECER 2015 (Budapest 9.9.2015)

In September 2015 the research partners ITB and Pontydysgu participated in the European Conference on Educational Research (ECER 2015) in Budapest. Here the Learning Layers project was presented in an ITB-led symposium that brought the project into dialogue with two other projects working with digital media and web resources as support for learning.

Article 6/2015 Learning Layers meets Singapore Workforce Development Agency (Bremen 16.9.2015)

In September 2015 the research partners ITB and Pontydysgu received a 14-person delegation from Singapore Workforce Development Agency, led by the Chief Executive and Chief Research Officer. The working meeting with the delegation focused on the development of Learning Layers tools and their use to support learning in workplace contexts. The visitors informed of their new innovation program iN.LEARN 2020.

Article 6/2015 Learning Layers meets Singapore Workforce Development Agency (Bremen 16.9.2015)

Pekka Kämäräinen, Ludger Deitmer and Dirk Stieglitz

The research partners ITB and Pontydysgu had a working meeting with Singapore Workforce Development Agency. The delegation was led by  Chief Executive Ng Cher Pong and Chief Research Officer Gog Soon Joo and consisted of 12 participants (from the agency, from the Ministry of Manpower and from partner organisations). The delegation was on European tour and their main target in Germany was a meeting with Learning Layers project in Bremen.

In the first part of the meeting the ITB team presented information on the Learning Layers project (with emphasis on the construction pilot and on the development of the  Learning Toolbox). In addition Dirk Stieglitz from Pontydysgu  internet demonstration that showed, how the Learning Toolbox can be co-developed by the users by designing tiles, pages and stacks (for managing contents, web resources and communications).

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In the second part of the meeting the visitors informed us of the vocational education and training (VET) system in Singapore, on the role of public authorities, of their agency and of public-private partnerships as well as private-private partnerships. They emphasised that the key instrument for developing VET and continuing training is not seen in regulations but in the financing of training (e.g. via vouchers and other arrangements). From this point of view the visitors were keen to learn more on the the German dual system, on the partnership arrangements and on the commitment of enterprises to training. In addition they were very interested to learn more of the further deployment of the Learning Toolbox.

The visitors informed that the government of Singapore has approved to launch the Innovative Learning 2020 (iN.LEARN 2020) project of the agency and of the Singapore Institute of Adult Learning. The iN.LEARN 2020 is a multi-year national project with the goal of shaping learning design and it starts in October 2015. The visitors expressed their willingness to maintain contacts with the Learning Layers projects and are looking forward to next encounters.

Learning Toolbox (LTB) Chronicle Vol. 2, 6/2015

Article 5/2015 Learning Layers in dialogue with other projects at ECER 2015 (Budapest 9.9.2015)

Pekka Kämäräinen

The Learning Layers partners ITB and Pontydysgu have promoted the work of Learning Layers in the European Conference on Educational Research (ECER) from the beginning of the project. In the ECER 2014 (in Porto) ITB and Pontydysgu had a joint symposium on the relations between participative design and accompanying research. For the ECER 2015 ITB and Pontydysgu prepared a symposium to present the work of three parallel projects on developing and using digital media and web resources in order to promote learning at the workplace and in work organisations. The symposium was based on the inputs of each project (with brief discussion after the presentation). Then there was a joint discussion supported by an invited discussant.

The first presentation by Falk Howe and Werner Müller focused on the ITB project Kompetenzwerkst@tt (‘Competence workshop’) that started as a curriculum development project to promote holistic approaches to occupational fields of activity (Handlungsfelder) and characteristic Working and Learning Tasks (Lern- und Arbeitsaufgaben) in vocational learning. In this presentation the main thrust was given on the role of e-portfolios as part of Kompetenzwerks@tt approach. The presenters showed, how the e-portfolios are used in retrospective sense (documenting already acquired learning gains) and in prospective sense (for shaping learning scenarios).

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Screenshot 1 and 2: Working with the Kompetenzwerkstatt e-portfolio for apprentices

The second presentation by Pekka Kämäräinen, Ludger Deitmer and Werner Müller focused on the Learning Layers with insights into the co-design processes and into the Learning Toolbox as an integrative toolset to support learning in the context of work. Then, the presentation shifted the emphasis from apprentice training (the current pilot context) to continuing vocational training (CVT). The presentation outlined a new project initiative to support the training of general construction site managers (Geprüfte Polier) with digital media and web tools. Finally the presentation discussed some barriers to and challenges for such project work in construction sector but also on emerging changes.

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Screenshot 3 and 4: Mapping the R&D context of the DigiProB project in continuing vocational training for construction professionals

The third presentation by Graham Attwell dealt with the Employ-ID project that focuses on the changes in the public employment services (PES) in Europe (with major pilots initiated in the UK). The background of the project is in the changing role of PES organisations due to changes in working life and occupations. Now these services are required to produce data of changing labour markets and analyse the employment prospects of different target groups. Based on these results they are required to propose employment promotion measures and initiatives for self-employment. One of the contributions of the Employ-ID project was to organise an adapted MOOC (using a social network platform based on MOOC technology) to stimulate community-based online learning of dispersed PES services.

In the joint discussion the participants drew attention to the complementary relations between the projects. In particular they emphasised the relevance of the e-portfolio of the Kompetenzwerkst@tt for the further work with the Learning Toolbox. Also, the discussion emphasised the relevance of lessons from the pilot MOOCs for forthcoming pilots in the field of vocational education and workplace training.

Learning Toolbox (LTB) Chronicle Vol. 2, 5/2015

Article 3/2015 Learning Layers meets Finnish promoters of apprentice training (Espoo 4.6.2015)

Pekka Kämäräinen and Marjo Virnes

In Spring 2015 the Learning Layers partners from Aalto University worked in a pilot project to test the AchSo video annotation tool in construction sector. The project was organised in collaboration with Finnish Construction Trade Union, the construction company Skanska and the regional vocational schools in Tampere and Valkeakoski. This pilot was reported in a news article in the Rakentaja (Builder) journal of the trade union. The article was translated and published (as English and German versions) by the Learning Layers project (see http://learning-layers.eu/construction/ and http://learning-layers.eu/german/aktivitaten/).

As a follow-up initiative the Learning Layers partners ITB and Aalto arranged a joint event with Finnish organisations that are promoting apprentice training and workplace learning. The invited participants represented the Finnish agencies for apprentice training (Annukka Norontaus, Terttu Konttinen) the Finnish association of ‘”Promoters of Apprenticeships” (Kari Viinisalo) and the Finnish vocational teacher education institute in commerce and hospitality (Virve Vainio).

Firstly ITB and Aalto informed of the Learning Layers project and of its overall development in the years 2013 and 2014, secondly of Finnish pilots with the AchSo tool (in vocational education in the construction sector and in the healthcare sector) and thirdly of the development of the Learning Toolbox as an integrative toolset to support learning in the context of work.

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Screenshots 1 and 2: Apprentice’s project supported by Learning Toolbox (LTB) and using Video Annotation Tool AchSo at construction site

The Finnish participants shared information on current government policies and civic initiatives to promote apprentice training as well as of forthcoming conferences. Some participants reported of their ongoing studies on the societal and economic impact of apprentice training.

The participants agreed to maintain communication and created a joint mailing list for sharing news. Also, the participants agreed to contribute to Verkko-Osaaja (web-based news bulletin of the association of the agencies for apprentice training) with articles on the event, on developments in Learning Layers and on individual studies.

Learning Toolbox (LTB) Chronicle Vol. 2, 3/2015

Learning Layers meets Singapore Workforce Development Agency

On Friday the Bremen team of our EU-funded Learning Layers (LL) project had an interesting encounter with international visitors. A delegation of the Singapore Workforce Development Agency with altogether 14 participants (from the agency, from the Ministry of Labour and from partner organisations) visited Bremen. This delegation was making a wider European tour, coming from Finland and heading to the Netherlands. In this context it is interesting that they chose Bremen and the Learning Layers project as their main target during their stay in Germany.

Ludger Deitmer had arranged the delegation firstly a visit to the Bremen Chamber of Commerce (Handelskammer) to have an introductory discussion on the German Vocational and Education and Training (VET) system and on the role of Public Authorities, Chambers and Social Partners in maintaining and developing it. Secondly, we had hoped to take them to a visit in Bau-ABC Rostrup to show, how Continue reading