Recent progress with Learning Layers activities in the construction sector

12/11/2014 by

Below, two sets of articles and videos give insights into co-design and user engagement activities of the Learning Layers project in the construction sector pilots in North Germany. The set of articles summarises the chain of fieldwork activities from the initial Application Partner Days (Year 1) to present date. They cover the evolution of one of the co-design processes from the early idea “Sharing Turbine” (digitisation of learning paper-based resources) to the current initiative “Learning Toolbox” (flexible mobile framework to manage digital media and web resources). They also give insights into the stakeholder events with which the Learning Layers partners have promoted the Learning toolbox – in the well-builders conference “Brunnenbauertage”, in the subsequent event “Demo Camp” for apprentices and their trainers, in the “NordBau” trade fair and in pilot workshops with construction companies. Co-design process from “Sharing Turbine” to “Learning Toolbox” LL project goes to Brunnenbauertage with the “Learning

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Video 1: The Multimedia Training of Learning Layers has had impact

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The first video of the Bau-ABC team presents results of the Multimedia Training provided by the Learning Layers project. Firstly Bau-ABC trainer Markus Pape presents the Carpenters’ blog – Zimmererblog. With this blog has organised all the apprentices projects during the initial training (from year 1 to year 3). The blog has already attracted international interest and the number of hits is already over 5700. But it is equally important that similar initiatives (with blogs or with separate web pages) have been launched by Bau-ABC trainers in other trades. Their apprentices, who have been able to use their smartphones to access the material, have valued these initiatives very much.

Video 2: Bau-ABC trainers’ views on the use of Learning Toolbox in training

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In the second video four trainers make comments on possible uses of the Learning Toolbox. The trainers start their discussion by highlighting the role of Learning Toolbox as support for self-organised learning. Secondly, they draw attention to the possibility to make the obligatory documents more interesting to the apprentices (by allowing them to add photos, cartoons or videos). The trainers are clearly willing to enter the next phase – to introduce a functioning Learning Toolbox in apprentices’ projects. This is also demonstrated by the “Bonus Track” at the end of the video.

Video 3: Use of Learning Toolbox in an apprentice’s project in Bau-ABC

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In the third video project manager Melanie Campbell and apprentice Martin discuss the use of Learning Toolbox in projects that apprentices carry out during their initial training. Martin firstly shows (with the help of worksheets from the White Folder of Bau-ABC) how the projects are carried out currently. He presents the introductory sheets and worksheets that are used for preparation, planning, task implementation and quality control. Then Melanie and Martin discuss several points, where a digital tool like the Learning Toolbox can be used to access appropriate web resources. Finally, when Martin presents the end product, we realise that it can also be documented with a video film.

Video 4: Learning Toolbox in different contexts of construction work

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The fourth video demonstrates uses of LTB in different contexts of construction work. Firstly we meet apprentice Arnold who manages the heavy excavator with the usual clicks and with some further instructions. These instructions he gets via a QR-tag which he reads with his smartphone. Then we meet apprentice Martin who gets instructions, how to use the QR-scanner of the Learning Toolbox. Finally trainer Markus shows how the manufacturers of scaffolds inform their clients of the instructions currently. His proposal is to add QR-tags that can be accessed with the QR-scanner of the Learning Toolbox.

Video 5: Learning Toolbox as means to highlight Health and Safety issues

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The fifth video highlights the role of LTB in creating awareness for Health and Safety issues – both in the training workshop and in real work situations. We meet firstly apprentice Martin and Melanie Campbell who discuss how Health and Safety (Arbeits- und Gesundheitsschutz) issues are introduced currently (with worksheets from the White Folder). They then give examples, how the Learning Toolbox can give real time aid in critical situations.  Secondly we meet the team of apprentices building the scaffolding with trainer Markus. Here the apprentices set an example by their appropriate use of safety gear. Trainer Markus gives some examples what kind of special resources should be accessed via the Learning Toolbox.

Video 6: Learning Toolbox as means to capture instructions at the workplace

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The sixth video documents a situation in which Bau-ABC trainer Stefan Wiedenstried gives instruction on ‘tricks of the trade’ for a specific working task in road-building. Trainer Stefan goes the process through with apprentice Timo. Then he discusses with project manager Melanie Campbell the use of Learning Toolbox as means to capture such processes with video. They also discuss, how to make such resources accessible. As a “Bonus Track” we see a clip of an older instruction video on using the “Sandhobel” in road-building and in pipeline-building.

Video 7: Learning Toolbox as means to support storage of special tools

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The seventh video presents a special challenge for using the Learning Toolbox: the storage of chains for construction vehicles. Bau-ABC trainer Rainer Schütte shows a particular possibility to use the LTB for managing the storage different chains – each of which is a unique exemplar. Here, new technologies (the RFID chips) have been used to identify them. With the help of a specific scanner in the Learning Toolbox the users (e.g. the apprentices of Bau-ABC) could easily track the technical data, safety features and maintenance data of the respective chains. In the latter part of the video we get an impression, how such functionality could be build in into the current tile structures and search processes of the Learning Toolbox.

The LL project goes to outreach activities and pilot workshops with construction companies

11/11/2014 by

Milestones in co-design and user engagement activities of the LL project (Part 5) by Pekka Kämäräinen (ITB) <— Read Part 4 Introduction This article is the final one in a series of five articles on co-design and user engagement activities of the Learning Layers in the construction sector. It gives a picture on two recent outreach activities – the visit of LL partners to the German construction fair NordBau and of the pilot workshop with two interested craft trade companies. Learning Layers goes to to trade fair NordBau The annual NordBau fair in Neumünster, near Hamburg, is the biggest sectoral fair for construction industry and craft trades in North Germany. The exhibition halls present products, tools and services whilst the large outdoor areas are filled with heavy machinery by all major suppliers. Bau-ABC is a regular visitor and this event has served as a major opportunity for contacting suppliers and

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The Demo Camp presents the LL tools to apprentices and trainers

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Milestones in co-design and user engagement activities of the LL project (Part 4) by Pekka Kämäräinen (ITB) <— Read Part 3 Introduction This article is the fourth one in a series of articles on co-design and user engagement activities in the construction sector. It gives a picture of the German-speaking “Demo Camp” event to present some of the Learning Layers tools in a workshop to interested trainers and groups of apprentices to get feedback for further development. The Demo Camp event and the arrangement of the workshops The Demo Camp session took place on the first day of the Leaning Layers Consortium meeting in Bau-ABC in Rostrup. We presented a selected set of LL Tools: The Learning Toolbox app to manage learning resources, apps and contents, The Baubildung.net platform to support learning initiatives in construction sector, The Ach so! tool to produce and annotate short videos, The Bits and Pieces

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