Category Archives: SMEs

What comes after “Learning Layers”? – Part One: The follow-up activities are taking shape

As the readers of this blog have observed, most of my posts since November 2012 have dealt with our EU-funded Learning Layers (LL) project. However, now the Learning Layers project has been  completed and the final review has taken place (I blogged on this in January and February). During its active period (2012-2016) the project supported the introduction of digital media, web tools and mobile devices to support workplace learning. Our organisation ITB was in charge of the sectoral pilots in North German construction industry and craft trades. The ITB team worked mainly with the intermediate training centre Bau-ABC Rostrup and with the network for ecological construction work (NNB) in Verden. The main achievement of the construction pilot was the co-design, development and pilot testing of the “Learning Toolbox (LTB)” – an integrative toolset to support learning at work. The key activities and results reported by the ITB team are Continue reading

Once more Learning Layers – Part Four: Drawing conclusions across the pilots in construction and healthcare

With this series of posts I am completing one of the final tasks in our EU-funded Learning Layers (LL) project – analysing the work in the two sectoral pilots – construction and healthcare – from a comparative perspective. At the end of the work we need to consider, what we have learned from parallel pilots and what conclusions we can draw on the basis of comparative analyses. In this respect I am have presented extracts from a joint draft document on which I am working with my colleagues Tamsin Treasure-Jones and Graham Attwell. With these posts I try to ‘blog into maturity’ the preliminary thoughts we have put into discussion. In the previous posts I presented some starting points and insights into the processes as well as reflections on the parallel pilots. In the final post I outline conclusions across the pilots. (Here, as in all posts, the input on Continue reading

Once more Learning Layers – Part Three: Reflections on parallel pilots in construction and healthcare

In this series of posts I am working with one of the final tasks in our EU-funded Learning Layers (LL) project – analysing the work in the two sectoral pilots – construction and healthcare – from a comparative perspective. At the end of the work it is necessary to consider, what we have learned from parallel pilots and what conclusions we can draw on the basis of comparative analyses. In this respect I am presenting extracts from a joint draft document on which I am working with my colleagues Tamsin Treasure-Jones and Graham Attwell. With these posts I try to ‘blog into maturity’ the preliminary thoughts we have put into discussion. In the previous posts I presented some starting points and insights into the processes. In this post I present our reflections on the parallel pilots – to be continued in the final post with conclusions across the pilots. (Here, Continue reading

Once more Learning Layers – Part Two: Comparative insights into both pilot sectors

In this series of posts I am working with one of the final tasks in our EU-funded Learning Layers (LL) project – analysing the work in the two sectoral pilots – construction and healthcare – from a comparative perspective. At the end of the work it is necessary to consider, what we have learned from parallel pilots and what conclusions we can draw on the basis of comparative analyses. In this respect I have been working with my colleagues Tamsin Treasure-Jones and Graham Attwell with a joint draft document. In this series I present extracts from our document as ‘loud thinking’ to ‘blog them into maturity’. In my first post I presented our approach and the starting points of the sectoral pilots. In this post I present some insights into project work in the two pilots. In the final posts I will present our reflections and some emerging conclusions. (Here, Continue reading

Four years blogging on, with and for the Learning Layers project – looking back and looking forward

During the four last years I have been blogging intensively on our ongoing EU-funded Learning Layers (LL) project. Now the time has come to close that chapter. I have three reasons to make that statement:

  1. The project itself is at its final stage and our field activities are being closed.
  2. My contract with the project has already come to an end. At the moment I have not been yet been engaged in the follow-up activities that are still in the process of getting shaped.
  3. Due to health issues I am no longer available for field activities in the same way as before.

So, with all the good time passed with the LL project and with all due optimism vis-à-vis the open questions, I am well advised to to take a look back at my blogs and see, what all comes up there.

1.  Blogs of the years 2012 and Continue reading

Wrapping up the Learning Layers experience – Part Two: Celebrating research & development dialogue with practitioners

With my latest blog I started a series of posts to wrap up the experiences of our EU-funded Learning Layers (LL) project. As I mentioned,we are in the phase of  concluding our project. For us this is not just a matter of presenting our results with individual reports or demonstrating the achievements with individual tools. An essential part of this phase is to reflect on our experiences on the whole – what have we learned and achieved together. I started my reflections with the theme ‘digital transformation’ and how we have experienced it as lived practice and as research challenge. In this second post I try to describe, how this has characterised our work as researcher partners in research & development dialogue with our application partners in the Construction pilot of the LL project.

The process dynamics: Research & Development dialogue with multiple activities and many iterations

Shortly before Continue reading

Wrapping up the Learning Layers experience – Part One: Digital transformation as lived practice

During the last four years I and my colleagues have been working in our EU-funded Learning Layers (LL) project. Now we are in the phase of drawing final conclusions and editing the final deliverables. Whilst such a phase easily requires more focused work on particular products – in our cases tool descriptions, impact cards, scenarios, methodology descriptions etc. – it is essential to keep the big picture in our minds. Our project was about introducing new technologies – tools for mobile devices to support access to web resources and to online communication – but not only of that. Most of all it was about changing practices in workplace learning or learning in the context of work. And it is in this context that the project has gone through a long journey and made important experiences. With this post and the next ones I try to revisit our learning journey Continue reading

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.