New prospects opened by Learning Layers activities in the construction pilot in 2015-2016


by Pekka Kämäräinen In November 2015 the Learning Layers project started its final year of EU-funded project activities. At this point the Construction pilot team was involved in a major training campaign in the training centre Bau-ABC (a major application partner in the project). This campaign involved all training staff of Bau-ABC in Rostrup (and of the parallel training centre ABZ in Mellendorf) and it focused on using digital media to support learning. It was based on the jointly developed “Theme Room” approach and supported by research partners from ITB and Pontydysgu. In the beginning of the year 2016 this effort was followed by the pilot activities to introduce the integrative toolset “Learning Toolbox (LTB)” into the training and learning activities of the Bau-ABC trainers. This phase of pilot activities has been supported by preparatory visits, a joint Kick-off day and short-term follow-up visits. Later on the piloting will be

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Article Six: Learning Toolbox for trans-national mobility – preparing stacks with and for Spanish apprentices


by 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

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

by Pekka Kämäräinen The previous articles of this series have firstly informed of the multimedia training campaign, secondly of piloting with the integrative toolset Learning Toolbox (LTB) and thirdly of the introduction of new tools – to complement the LTB. All this has happened in Bau-ABC Rostrup, the major vocational training centre of construction sector in North Germany. This fifth 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 –

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Article Four: Piloting with other Learning Layers Tools in Bau-ABC – Learning Toolbox in good company (2016)


by Pekka Kämäräinen The previous articles of this series have firstly informed of the multimedia training campaign that was carried out by Learning Layers project partners in the training centre Bau-ABC. The third article informed of the piloting with the integrative toolset Learning Toolbox (LTB) within the training activities of Bau-ABC. This fourth article provides insights into a working visit, during which Learning Layers partners have presented two new tools – the AchSo app for video annotation and the SoAR app for real time video communication in work environments. The tools were presented by our colleagues from Aalto University (Finland). Alongside the pilot sessions our colleagues from the University of Innsbruck (UIBK) collected feedback on the use of the LTB in the pilot groups that piloted with this toolset since March. Project team members from ITB and Pontydysgu accompanied the activities and supported the sessions. 1. Bau-ABC apprentices work with

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Article Three: Piloting with Learning Toolbox (LTB) takes off in Bau-ABC (2016)


by 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

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Article Two: Peer learning and use of digital media in Theme Room workshops (2015)

by Pekka Kämäräinen The first article of this series gives an overview of the Theme Room training campaign that was implemented in the training centre Bau-ABC in November 2015. This second article gives insights into the processes of peer learning and into use of digital media during the workshop sessions. Below the two main sections inform of the activities and learning experiences with the themes “Social media as support for learning” and “Preparation of digital learning materials”. Here it is worthwhile to note that these observations refer mainly to the group in which the author served as a co-tutor. In addition, some general remarks are made on the group dynamics in the parallel groups (based on knowledge sharing between the tutors). 1. The role of Social Media as support for learning In most groups the tutors from Bau-ABC were hosting Facebook groups for their trade and the apprentices were actively

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Article One: Insights into “Theme Room” training campaign in Bau-ABC (2015)


by Pekka Kämäräinen One of the highlights in the Construction pilot of the Learning Layers (LL) project in 2015 was the training campaign based on the “Theme Room” approach in the training centre Bau-ABC Rostrup. Originally the idea of such a campaign was initiated by the traininers (Lehrwerkmeister) of Bau-ABC in their internal discussions. They wanted to have a flexible training model that would link to each other regular presence workshops and self-organised learning with peer tutoring and online support. This was brought together in the concept of “Theme Rooms” (Themenräume). 1. The “Theme Room” approach takes shape and is implemented The key idea of the Theme Room concept was to agree on a set of key themes that would be covered by parallel (or successive) workshops. The continuation of learning should also be supported by online learning spaces and peer tutors. The participants will work their way through the

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Highlights and Milestones in the Construction Pilot in the Year 2015


by Pekka Kämäräinen In the year 2015 the Construction sector pilot of the Learning Layers project experienced several highlights and passed through various milestones. These are covered below with news updates and articles: In March 2015 the Learning Layers project received an interesting report on the Finnish construction sector pilot of Aalto University with the video annotation tool AchSo! The article, written by freelance journalist Esa Tuominen for the trade union journal Rakentaja (Builder) was translated by Pekka Kämäräinen and is published below. 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” ( work. lived experience) was opened. A news update on the visit of the ITB and Pontydysgu teams to the opening event is published below. In May 2015 the application

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Learning Layers meets Singapore Workforce Development Agency (Bremen 16.9.2015)

by 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). In the second part of the meeting the

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

by 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

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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)

by 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

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