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

14/04/2016

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

19/04/2016

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)

18/04/2016

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

24/10/2015

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” (sustainable.construction 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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Learning Layers meets Finnish promoters of apprentice training (Espoo 4.6.2015)

by 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

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Training Day on Learning Layers tools in Bau-ABC Rostrup (11.5.2015)

by 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). 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

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The Learning exhibition “nachhaltig.bauen.erleben” opened in Verden (25.4.2015)

by Pekka Kämäräinen and Joanna Burchert The application partner organisation Agentur and the affiliated organisations Netzwerk Nachhaltiges Bauen (NNB) and Norddeutsches Zentrum für Nachhaltiges Bauen (NZNB) joined in the Learning Layers during the time when the new exhibition centre and office building of the NZNB was under construction. During the Application Partner Day (APD) visit (Y1) the colleagues from these organisations outlined plans, how to incorporate digital media and web tools into the concept of a “Learning exhibition”. In the Y1 Design Conference (Helsinki) these plans were integrated into the design idea Captus: Capturing of knowledge and experiences with the help of digital media and web tools. Now, in April 2015 the inaugural ceremony of the building took place and the Learning Exhibition “nachhaltig. bauen. erleben” (sustainable. construction work. lived experience) was opened. The opening ceremony gave an overview on different activities that are promoted by the host organisations. The

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