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Article 6/2016 Learning Toolbox for trans-national mobility – preparing stacks with and for Spanish apprentices

Pekka Kämäräinen

The first three articles of this series have informed of a multimedia training campaign, of piloting with the integrative toolset Learning Toolbox (LTB) and with new complementary tools. All this has happened in Bau-ABC Rostrup, the major vocational training centre of construction sector in North Germany. This sixth article introduces a new context and target group for piloting with LTB – providing support for Spanish apprentices that participate in the trans-national mobility scheme Mobipro-EU.

On the transnational mobility scheme Mobipro-EU and how it works

The mobility programme Mobipro-EU is an initiative of the German Ministry of Labour and it is managed by the German Employment Agency (Bundesagentur für Arbeit). Its aim is to support the mobility of interested young people from other EU Member States to Germany to get apprentice training in the dual system of apprenticeship. The scheme provides support for the applicants firstly  in their home countries (advice, application & selection procedure and three months’ language training). Secondly, it provides a project organisation that takes care of the training arrangements and accommodation. Altogether, the programme provides the necessary support for foreign apprentices to complete the regular German apprentice training. The programme was started in 2013 and Bau-ABC has become a regional coordination centre for apprentice training in construction sector in 2015.
Bau-ABC received its first group of Spanish apprentices (initially 15) in 2015. Some of the apprentices were placed in companies in Bremen and its immediate neighbourhood, others into North-German municipalities near Bau-ABC. Concerning the language learning, the programme envisages that the participants have completed intensive language course and language test (B1) already in their home country. However, upon request of the companies providing the apprenticeships, Bau-ABC has made local arrangements for additional language teaching for the groups in Bremen and in Rostrup.

LTB as support for learning and social integration of apprentices from Spain

The companies and Bau-ABC trainers have got a good impression of the motivation and commitment of the apprentices and want to continue the training. Thus, Bau-ABC and its partner companies will soon receive 50 new apprentices from Spain to be trained in construction companies in Bremen and in North-West Germany. Taking into account the progress with Learning Toolbox (LTB) in the intermediate training in Bau-ABC, Melanie Campbell started to develop a stack for the Mobipro-EU scheme to support the training of the present and new Spanish apprentices.

In the light of the above we organised a short LTB-workshop in Bremen on Friday 10th of June. In the beginning we gave a picture of the Learning Layers (LL)  project and on the role of Learning Toolbox (LTB). Then we looked at the prototype stack for Mobipro-EU prepared by Melanie – see below a copy – and discussed, how to develop it further.

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Issues raised by Spanish apprentices in the workshop

We had a very lively discussion. Here I try to give some impressions of topics that came up and tensions to be considered:

  • Making the move to Germany: The apprentices were pleased with the thick handbook (full of relevant information) provided by the Spanish consulate.
  • Making progress with the language skills: The apprentices had completed an intensive course and (most of them) passed the required language test. When coming to Germany they were surprised that their language skills were not always trusted and they were not encouraged to speak German.
  • Getting used to working for construction companies in Germany: Most of the apprentices had attended some kind of school-based vocational education with eventual workplace placement. Yet, the transition to a German apprentice contract (which is essentially an employment contract) provided a major cultural change.
  • Peer learning: Many of the problems and challenges encountered by the apprentices are such that no one has prior information – the members of the pioneering group have had to find their own solutions . In this respect the blog of Carlos has served as a forum, on which he has discussed questions of others. In this respect the LTB has a chance to provide a “Questions and Answers” section and a forum for new issues.
  • Recognition of prior learning: One of the shortcomings in the implementation of the Mobipro-EU programme has been the fact that far too little attention has been paid on the recognition of prior competences. Thus, it appears that apprentices may be guided to new occupations (that are alien to them) although they have received a school-based education in another.

We discussed these (and other) issues from many perspectives. We came to the conclusion that Learning Toolbox can play a significant role in supporting the newcomer group(s) with their start and with their adjustment to the new circumstances. We were pleased to see that the pioneering apprentices are willing to contribute to the development of LTB stacks and tiles and to share their valuable experiences.

Learning Toolbox (LTB) Chronicle Vol. 3, 6/2016:

Article 5/2016 New fields of piloting with Learning Toolbox (LTB) in Bau-ABC

Pekka Kämäräinen

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:

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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.

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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.

Screenshot 2016-06-16 15.02.43At 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.

Learning Toolbox (LTB) Chronicle Vol. 3, 5/2016

Artikel 4/2016 Pilotaktivitäten mit anderen Learning Layers Tools im Bau-ABC – Learning Toolbox in guter Gesellschaft (2016)

Pekka Kämäräinen und Sanna Reponen

Dieser Artikel berichtet über einen Feldbesuch, während dessen die Learning Layers Partner zwei weitere Tools – die AchSo App (zur Videoannotation) sowie die SoAR App (zur Videokommunikation an Baustellen) eingeführt haben. Die Tools wurden von unseren Kolleginnen von der Aalto Universität (Finnland) präsentiert. Zusätzlich sammelten unsere Kollegen von der Universität Innsbruck (UIBK) Feedback über die Anwendung der LTB in den ersten Pilotgruppen, die die LTB seit März anwenden. Mitglieder des Projektteams von ITB und Pontydysgu begleiteten diese Aktivitäten und unterstützen die Sessions.

1. Bau-ABC Azubis arbeiten mit AchSo

Frühere Entwicklung von AchSo und Pilotaktivitäten in Finnland

Ursprünglich basiert das Videoannotationstool auf der Vorarbeit von Kollegen der RWTH Aachen – und von diesen stammt auch die Benennung ‘AchSo’, die den Lerneffekt bei der Anwendung des Tools illustrieren soll. Später entwickelte der finnische Partner Aalto Universität (kurz: Aalto) dieses Tool weiter. Das Aalto team führte Pilotaktivitäten mit dem AchSo-Tool mit finnischen Praxispartnern im Bausektor durch. In den finnischen Pilotaktivitäten waren die hauptsächlichen Anwender von AchSo Berufsschüler in der vollzeitschulischen Berufsbildung, die ein obligatorisches Betriebspraktikum absolvierten. Für diese Periode waren die Berufsschullehrer verantwortlich für die Bewertung ihrer Leistungen. Mit Hilfe annotierter Videos konnten die Praktikanten ihre Arbeit und Lerngewinne ordentlich dokumentieren.

Einführung von AchSo für Azubis und Lehrwerkmeister im Bau-ABC

Die Einführung von AchSo im Bau-ABC wurde mit einer Gruppe von Azubis, die innerhalb ihrer Ausbildung zum Brunnenbauer eine Woche Training in der Metalltechnik absolvierten. Zuerst präsentierte Sanna Reponen (Aalto) Hintergrundinformation über AchSo und seine Funktionen. In diesem Zusammenhang wurden auch Fragen zum Datenschutz, Privatsphäreneinstellungen und dem Teilen und von Videos erörtert. Anschließend installierten die Azubis AchSo auf ihre eigenen Geräte oder bekamen Leihgeräte vom Aaltoteam. Zum dritten stellten die Lehrwerkmeister die Projektaufgabe vor – Bearbeitung einer Metallplatte nach Maß, inklusive Feilen und Markierung der Bohrpunkte. Das Projekt gilt traditionell als Elementarübung, mit der die Azubis die angemessene Handhabung der Werkzeuge sowie die Berücksichtigung der Toleranzen erlernen.

Nach der Einführung begannen die Azubis mit der Projektarbeit und – sobald sie Fortschritte gemacht hatten – mit dem Drehen von Videos voneinander in verschiedenen Arbeitsphasen. Gleichzeitig drehte ein Lehrwerkmeister seine Videos über die Arbeit der Azubis. Am Ende des Tages wurden die Videos als eine Sammlung präsentiert und einige exemplarische Videos dann dargestellt.

Unmittelbare Feedback über die Anwendung von AchSo

Es schien, dass die Azubis es positiv fanden, Videos zu drehen – obwohl es um eine Zusatzaufgabe ging und auch Kooperation mit anderen erforderlich war. Normalerweise sind die Projektaufgaben typisch individuelle Aufgaben, die man allein erledigen sollte.

In der ansclhießenden Diskussion sagten die Azubis, dass sie einzelnen Arbeitsphasen mehr Aufmerksamkeit geschenkt hatten, wenn sie entscheiden mussten, was sie mit Video(s) dokumentieren wollten. Einige Azubis hatten dabei nur ein Video gedreht, während andere versuchten alle wesentlichen Arbeitsphasen mit kurzen Videos zu dokumentieren. Der Lehrwerkmeister sagte, dass die Videos der Azubis ihm einen besseren Überblick über deren Arbeit gaben (statt einem Rundgang in der Werkhalle mit kurzer Begleitung der je individuellen Arbeit). Dazu betonten die Teilnehmer, dass es so eine Dokumentation der überbetrieblichen Ausbildung im Bau-ABC leichter macht,  die Berufsschulen und die Ausbildungsbetriebe auf dem Laufenden zu halten, was für Aufgaben sie im Bau-ABC durchgeführt haben, und welche Lernerfolge erzielt wurden.

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Screenshot 1 und 2: Auszubildenden in der Werkstatt der Metalltechnik präsentieren ihre AchSo-Videos an Lehrewerkmeister

Insgesamt bekamen wir den Eindruck, dass die Einführung von AchSo im Bau-ABC gut gelungen ist. Das wurde noch deutlicher bestätigt, als AchSo am nächsten Tag einer  anderen Gruppe von Azubis präsentiert wurde. Das erste Video eines Azubis wurde schon gedreht und hochgeladen, als Sanna Reponen mit ihrer einführenden Präsentation gerade zum Ende kam.

2. Einführung von Augmented Reality für Baugeräteführer

Die Idee der Social Augmented Reality (SoAR)

Das zweite Tool – die Social Augmented Reality (SoAR) – wurde ebenfalls vom Aalto Team entwickelt, um Videokommunikation in Arbeitsumgebungen (z.B. an Baustellen) zu unterstützen. Die Tool SoAR benutzt mehrere Funktionalitäten der Smartphones: Audio, Video und Tagging (durch Zeichnungen). Während Anrufen mit SoAR können die Gesprächsteilnehmer einander sehen und kommunizieren (so wie mit Skype), sie können die Bildschirme miteinander austauschen und so den des jeweils anderen sehen und sie können Videos mit Zeichnungen markieren. Dazu können sie die Aufnahmen anuf ihren Geräten speichern.

Die Einführung des SoAR Tools im Bau-ABC

Am dritten Tag des Arbeitsbesuchs wurde SoAR einer Gruppe (Baugeräteführer) präsentiert, die schon mit AchSo am Vortag gearbeitet hatten. Sanna Reponen demonstrierte zuerst die Funktionalität  des Tools auf dem Übungsgelände. Anschließend begann unmittelbar die Anwendung. Normalerweise üben die Baugeräteführer die Bedienung der Bagger in Gruppen und teilen die Rollen turnusmäßig – deshalb können einige lediglich zuschauen, wenn die anderen im Einsatz sind. Dazu gehört, dass der Lehrwerkmeister nicht dauernd präsent ist. Die Azubis müssen selbstorganisiertes Lernen praktizieren, während der Lehrwerkmeister gleichzeitig auch andere Aufgaben hat. Jetzt hatte der Lehrwerkmeister ein Smartphone mit SoAR und einer der Azubis ein zweites. Auf dieser Weise konnte der Lehrwerkmeister zwischen verschiedenen Übungsgeländen und seinem Büro rotieren, und trotzdem in Echtzeit ansprechbar sein.

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Screenshot 3 und 4: Baugeräteführer anwenden AchSo und SOAR im Bau-ABC

Schon während eines der ersten Testanrufe ergab sich ein Problemfall, als einer der Zylinder des Baggers sehr viel Lärm machte – und der Lehrwerkmeister gerade anderswo im Einsatz war. Dank des SoAR-Tools konnten die Azubis ihm die Situation mit Livevideobild und O-Ton beschreiben. Dadurch konnte er das Problem identifizieren und weitere Instruktionen geben. Nach diesem echten Problemfall (und den notwendigen Reparaturmaßnahmen) machten weitere Azubis ebenfalls Testanrufe und der Lehrwerkmeister antwortete aus verschiedenen Arbeitsstationen und Übungsgeländen. Insgesamt hat die Kommunikation gut funktioniert, obwohl die Hintergrundgeräusche der Baugeräte als Störfaktor empfunden wurden.

Am Ende des Tages hatten wir eine Wrap-up Sitzung mit Feedback der Azubis. Diese gaben sehr positives Feedback über die Anwendung von SoAR und waren auch interessiert, mehr über die Tools (AchSo und SoAR) zu lernen. Auf ähnliche Weise hatte der Lehrwerkmeister eine sehr positive Erfahrung mit dieser pilothaften Anwendung von SoAR gemacht. Insgesamt – nach den drei Testtagen – kamen wir zu der Schlussfolgerung, dass AchSo und SoAR sehr gute Ergänzungen zum integrativen Toolset Learning Toolbox anbieten.

Learning Toolbox (LTB) Chronik, Jahrgang 3, 4/2016

Article 3/2016 Piloting with Learning Toolbox (LTB) takes off in Bau-ABC

Pekka Kämäräinen

In February and March 2016 the Learning Toolbox (LTB) was introduced into the apprentice training of Bau-ABC. As has been indicated in previous articles of this series, the Theme Room training campaign (in November 2015) had already provided a good basis for the pilot activities. This third article gives firstly insights into the preparation of the piloting by Bau-ABC trainers – supported by Learning Layers (LL) partners. Secondly it provides a brief report on the kick-off event and on a follow-up visit of LL partners. The point of the interest is to see, how trainers of Bau-ABC develop their own patterns of using the LTB.

1.Preparation of pilot activities by trainers: three exemplary cases

In the preparatory talks Bau-ABC trainers presented three exemplary cases for implementing LTB in their training.  The first case focuses on the trade of well-builders. The second case deals with the learning area ‘health and safety’. The third case presents a joint project of two trades – carpenters and bricklayers.

a) In the trade of well-builders (Brunnenbauer) the use of LTB is being brought via support materials and activities. The responsible trainer Lothar Schoka is creating stacks that provide access relevant guidelines and instructions (e.g. extracts of DIN-norms). Also, the apprentices can access digital worksheets (lists of tools and materials) via LTB.

b) Regarding the theme ‘health and safety’ (Arbeitssicherheit und Gesundheitsschutz), the competent body in the construction sector (BG Bau) provides a comprehensive set of modularised reference materials (Baukasten) and a special materials for young craftsmen. In addition, Bau-ABC uses a brief compendium for trainers (KomPass). These materials are available on the net. Moreover, when starting their training project , the apprentices have to fill a risk analysis form related to the tasks (Gefährdungsbeurteilung). The potential benefits of using LTB is that it can provide

  • easy access to Internet documents (to be checked later on),
  • Immediate access to compressed information (checklists, extracts of information sheets, model solutions with feedback),
  • access to quiz tools (ordinary quiz or specific variants for detecting errors).

c) The joint project of carpenters (Zimmerer) and bricklayers (Maurer) is based on a traditional technique of building houses with wooden frames and brick walls (Fachwerkhaus). The apprentices’ project with a small construction using this technique provides cooperation opportunities for these two trades. The trainers of these trades (Markus Pape and Kevin Kuck) see the advantage in using LTB and in creating joint stacks in the following way:

  • LTB gives an overview on the common project (as a whole) and on related standards.
  • LTB stacks help to organise the exercises of the two groups (carpenters and bricklayers) in each others’ tasks.
  • LTB stacks help to coordinate the collaboration between the groups during the project.

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Screenshot 1 and 2: Building LTB-stacks for a joint project of carpenters and bricklayers

2. Observations on the Kick-off event 14.3.2016 and during the follow-up visit

On the 14th of March a kick-off event was organised for the pilots with LTB in two trades – the carpenters and the well-builders. Several LL partners supported the event with their contributions. Some time later, a group from ITB and Pontydysgu visited Bau-ABC to collect feedback and to discuss further steps in the  piloting with the Learning Toolbox (LTB).

Below I give firstly some insights into the work with the group of carpenters (Zimmerer) during the kick-off event. Then I give a brief report on the follow-up visit and on points that were raised in our discussions with Bau-ABc trainers.

Kick-off of LTB pilot with the carpenters

In the group of carpenters the LL partners presented firstly the project and the functionality of LTB as an integrative toolset. Then, the apprentices installed LTB on their smartphones. Once this was achieved, the trainer Fidi Bruns gave an overview on the above mentioned training project. In the next phase the trainer Markus Pape presented the LTB stacks with which the apprentices are expected to work (and how they can be used).  After these instructions the LL partners organised a group discussion. In this discussion the apprentices gave feedback on the new toolset and what benefits they could immediately see in using it.

Building upon the work of the pioneering trades

As has been indicated, the carpenters and bricklayers started immediately with a joint project. A similar cooperation opportunity was identified with the pioneering group of well-builders. In the next phase they will continue in Bau-ABC with the trade of machinery and metalworking (Maschinen- und Metalltechnik). Lothar Schoka agreed to work with his colleagues in this trade to develop stacks for them and to advise them in the use of LTB. Likewise, we discovered that the trainers working with road-builders (Strassenbauer) and pipeline-builders (Rohrleitungsbauer) can work together to develop new stacks on the basis of existing pilot stack for road-builders.

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Screenshot 3 and 4: Building closely matching LTB-stacks for the pilot group getting taining in neighbouring trades (well-duilding, pipeline-building)

In this respect we saw that LTB pilots can be brought further via natural cooperation between the neighbouring trades. However, we also noted several challenges and hurdles that need to be taken up in Bau-ABC and in the LTB developers’ team. And we saw a possibility to proceed to a new phase of Theme Room training with the use of LTB as one of the themes.

Learning Toolbox (LTB) Chronicle Vol. 3, 3/2016

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)

Pekka Kämäräinen

The Learning Layers partner ITB organised the International Vocational Education and Training (VET) Conference as a key event of a Bremen-based comparative research project. The Learning Layers teams of ITB and Pontydysgu organised a workshop session in which there were presentations on the Learning Layers project, on the Learning Toolbox, on training models and a participative phase with hands-on testing of the Learning Toolbox. The technical developers had produced a Beta version of the Learning Toolbox by the conference. In this context ITB, Pontydysgu and RayCom made firstly a field visit to Bau-ABC.

During the visit in Bau-ABC the visitors presented shortly the functionality of the Beta version of the Learning Toolbox and tested the usability in three trades (carpenters, well-builders, pipeline builders). The Bau-ABC trainers gave exemplary tasks for providing digital content to their apprentices and for giving them electronic access to the content. The visitors provided solutions by creating stacks with special tiles and uploading digitised content via Slideshare.

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In the conference the workshop was started with presentations by ITB team members. The first one gave an overview on the Learning Layers project and and the second one insights into the development of the Learning Toolbox. These were followed by a live demonstration on the LTB Beta version that made use of the cases proposed by Bau-ABC trainers (during the field visit) and of the newly created stacks.

After the presentations the audience was split into two working groups. In one group the participants tested the Beta version of the Learning Toolbox. In the other group participants discussed success factors and critical issues of related  training models.

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On the basis of the field visit the Learning Layers research & development partners had genuine use cases to be presented in the workshop. On the basis of the background presentations, the demonstration and the discussions on the training models the participants had a real chance to give feedback for the project (both on the Beta version and on the training models as possible means for capacity-building).

Learning Toolbox (LTB) Chronicle Vol. 2, 4/2015

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

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

Pekka Kämäräinen, Ludger Deitmer, Werner Müller and Lars Heinemann

The Training Days are a regular training event for the staff of Bau-ABC Rostrup, the application partner of the Learning Layers project. This year the research partners ITB and Pontydysgu were invited to organise three workshop sessions during the first day. Two of these sessions for targeted for different groups of trainers (Lehrwerkmeister) and the third one for the coordinators of continuing training (including also the ICT support staff).

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All these sessions followed the same structure. Firstly there was a brief overview on the Learning Layers project as a whole, on the Learning Toolbox as the central ‘tool’ for our pilots in the construction sector. Secondly there was a brief explanation how these elements were brought into a joint system architecture that is managed with different software solutions. Thirdly, there was an online-demonstration that presented the functionality of the Learning Toolbox that was being developed for the forthcoming Beta-version.

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These presentations paved the way for group work. For these sessions the trainers had selected thematic projects that they use in apprentice training. In the group with continuing vocational training we discussed the phases of presence training and the phases of self-organised learning as contexts for using Learning Layers tools. In addition we discussed the issue of engaging visiting trainers (Referenten) as users of Learning Layers tools.

During the group work the trainers identified points of intervention for using Learning Toolbox (i.e. retrieving information, using third party apps, documenting phases of work with videos and annotating videos). In the group work with the representatives of Continuing Vocational Training (CVT) the research partners gathered points to be taken up in a spin-off project that was being prepared for a specific CVT program.

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

LTB Videos from Verden: Use of Learning Toolbox (LTB) for managing construction site (2016)

Below we present two LTB-videos that were recorded in the workshop on uses of the Learning Toolbox (LTB) that was organised for representatives of craft trades companies (in construction sector) in September 2016 in Institut Technik & Bildung (ITB).

The videos are based on the presentation of architect Thomas Isselhard, application partner of the Learning Layers project, representing the network for ecological construction work (Netzwerk Nachhaltiges Bauen, NNB). He gave a presentation on the use of LTB as support for coordination of the work at a construction site in Verden (North Germany).

LTB-Video 1 (Verden): Thomas Isselhard on the use of LTB as an architect

In the first video Thomas discusses the staring points for using LTB to share basic information, update revised construction plans and to avoid communication gaps between different parties involved with the construction work.

LTB-Video 2 (Verden): Thomas Isselhard on using LTB together with contractors and craftsmen

In the second video Thomas and other participants discuss, how craft trade companies can start using LTB with simple content tiles (based on the standard processes and filing systems) and get other users accustomed to work with LTB.  The craftsmen are inducted to use LTB when they get their instructors for their tasks. Here we learn of the benefits of real-time knowledge sharing as well as reporting on progress on the site.

LTB Videos aus Verden: Anwendung von Learning Toolbox (LTB) in der Koordination von Bauprozessen (2016)

Unten präsentieren wir zwei LTB-Videos die in einer Workshop über die Anwendung des Learning Toolbox (LTB) in September 2016 in Institut Technik & Bildung (ITB) organisiert wurde. Die Teilnehmer waren Vertreter von Baufirmen bzw. Handwerksbetrieben im Bausektor in der Stadt Bremen oder in der Bremen-region.

Die Videos  basieren auf die Präsentation von Architekt Thomas Isselhard, Praxispartner des Learning Layers Projekts (als Gründungsmitglied des Netzwerks Nachhaltiges Bauen, NNB). Er hat ein Fallbeispiel über die Anwendung des LTB als unterstützung für die Koordination der Bauprozessen auf einer Baustelle in Verden dargestellt.

LTB-Video 1 (Verden): Thomas Isselhard über die Anwendung des LTB als Architekt

Im ersten Video diskutiert Thomas die Ausgangspunkte für die Anwendung des LTB für die Bereitstellung der Grundinformation, Aktualisierung der Bauplänen sowie Überbrückung der Informationslücken zwischen den Beteiligten auf die Baustelle.

LTB-Video 2 (Verden): Thomas Isselhard on using LTB together with contractors and craftsmen

Im zweiten Video diskutieren Thomas und andere Teilnehmer, wie die Betriebe mit dem LTB arbeiten können. Thomas betont, dass man mit wenigen einfachen Kacheln anfangen kann, um die Grundinformation (gemäss Standardprozeduren und betrieblichen Gewohnheiten) zu organisieren. Die Einführung mit neuen Anwendern (Fachkräfte) im selben Zusammenhang stattfinden kann, wenn man die Daten für Arbeitsaufgaben bereitstellt.  Mit konkreten Beispielen zeigt er, wie die Handwerker oder Unternehmer Zeit dadurch sparen, wenn sie jederzeit aktuelle Pläne und Dokumente mittels LTB finden.

Learning Layers supports Workshop “ECSCW meets EC-TEL”

Date: 21 September 2013
Location: Paphos (Cyprus) collocated with EC-TEL 2013 and ECSCW 2013
Web: http://know-center.tugraz.at/ectel-meets-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.