Informal Learning at work Report @Bristol

05/07/2016 by

On the 20th of June 2016 the ‘Informal Learning at work – Making an impact on healthcare, creative industries and higher education’ event was hosted by UWE at the Armada House conference building in Bristol. The event was organized by the Learning Layers project ( Learning-Layers.eu ) with the main aim of discussing how to support informal learning in the workplace. And particularly, to show the work undertaken in the Learning layers project in this specific research field. At 10 AM Patricia Santos did the welcome on behalf of UWE, participants were invited to make a short introduction of themselves. The audience was formed by: healthcare (NHS Health Education England, WESSEX Local Medical Committees LEaD), creative industries (Agylia, u-soap media, Bristol Film and TV Industries) and Education (Learning Partnership West and UWE). Tobias Ley (Learning Layers scientific coordinator) did a brief introduction to the project:  “In the Learning Layers Project,

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Special challenges for using Learning Toolbox (LTB) in a craft trade company

30/06/2016 by

In my recent blogs on the fieldwork of our EU-funded Learning Layers (LL) project I have mostly reported on our pilot activities with the toolset “Learning Toolbox (LTB)” in the construction sector training centre Bau-ABC. Earlier this week the ITB project team visited a craft trade company in electrical engineering to discuss the use of LTB in the context of ‘real’ working life – not only from the perspective of apprentice training. Our counterpart was the founder of the company and an associate partner in the project – Meister Dieter as we know him of the user stories of the first year. We had maintained the contacts at different phases of the project but now we felt that there is a need to discuss the potential use of LTB as a toolset that is reaching a mature stage. Of our earlier talks with Meister Dieter we knew that he is

Special challenges for using Learning Toolbox (LTB) in a craft trade company

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In my recent blogs on the fieldwork of our EU-funded Learning Layers (LL) project I have mostly reported on our pilot activities with the toolset “Learning Toolbox (LTB)” in the construction sector training centre Bau-ABC. Earlier this week the ITB project team visited a craft trade company in electrical engineering to discuss the use of LTB in the context of ‘real’ working life – not only from the perspective of apprentice training. Our counterpart was the founder of the company and an associate partner in the project – Meister Dieter as we know him of the user stories of the first year. We had maintained the contacts at different phases of the project but now we felt that there is a need to discuss the potential use of LTB as a toolset that is reaching a mature stage. Of our earlier talks with Meister Dieter we knew that he is

Returning from Learning Layers Bristol meeting – Taking homework back to Bremen

23/06/2016 by

In my previous blogs I reported on the preparations for the consortium meeting of  our EU-funded Learning Layers (LL) project that took place in Bristol during the last few days. Now I am on my way back and have some spare minutes to reflect on the baggage of homework that I am taking from the meeting back to office. In general we had a very productive meeting – so many ideas sparking up that it was good to have colleagues taking notes (on the spot and at the other end of online connection). Therefore I just make some short remarks, how our talks helped us to bring our work further: In particular I was happy to see that we are finding a way to present our results as a part of a common group picture – rather than as stand-alone results of different partners or work packages teams working on their

Preparing for Learning Layers Bristol meeting – Part Two: Taking homework with me to Bristol

17/06/2016 by

In my previous blog I mentioned that  our EU-funded Learning Layers (LL) project will have its consortium meeting in Bristol next week. As preparation I have had a final run with reporting on activities that have taken place in the Construction pilot of the LL project – in particular with the deployment of the Learning Toolbox (LTB). In the previous post I tried to give a picture, what we are achieving altogether with our user engagement and tool deployment – enabling the users to become owners of innovation. Yet, at the same time I drew attention at the hurdles we still have to overcome to get the best out of the ongoing processes. Now, in this post I shift the emphasis to the agenda and to the topics the we are working with – to prepare the final deliverable of the project. However, I will not discuss in detail the

Preparing for Learning Layers Bristol meeting – Part One: What are we achieving with our fieldwork?

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Next week our EU-funded Learning Layers (LL) project will have its consortium meeting in Bristol. In my recent blogs I have reported of several activities that have taken place in the Construction pilot of the LL project – in particular with the deployment of the Learning Toolbox (LTB). Parallel to this I have edited a series of articles (based on the blogs) for the Construction section of the LL website. And finally, I have looked back at the LL consortium meeting in Tallin (June 2015) and summarised the progress we have made in the LL Construction pilot in one year. In this blog I want to change the perspective with the question: “What are we achieving with our fieldwork?” This question implies that we are still in the middle of an ongoing process – making progress but becoming aware of issues yet to be solved before the project comes

Learning Toolbox (LTB) Online Guide published!

16/06/2016 by

Today is a great day for our EU-funded Learning Layers (LL) project. As most of the readers of this blog will know, the key product of our project’s pilot activities in the construction sector is the  integrative toolset Learning Toolbox (LTB). In my recent blogs I have mostly reported on our pilot activities with LTB in the North-German construction sector training centre Bau-ABC Rostrup. This afternoon the LTB developer team sent out the message that the new LTB Online Guide has been published here: http://ltb.io. I take the opportunity to provide some screenshots on this masterpiece. Startpage This is where you start with the LTB Online Guide: Stacks, Screens and Tiles This picture gives you an overview of screens that belong to the same stack (and contain tiles). Stack editing This picture shows a stack in the edit mode. I think this is enough for a ‘sneak preview’. I

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

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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)

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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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Human Computer Interaction Perspectives on Industry 4.0

13/06/2016 by

Human Computer Interaction Perspectives on Industry 4.0 Workshop at I-KNOW 2016 October 18-19, 2016 Messe Congress Graz, Austria http://igd-r.de/hcii40 Today we are facing a new era of industrial automation and interconnection which drives the transition of human workplaces. New technologies but also novel business processes lead to a shift of worker related requirements at the data-intensive manufacturing workplace on the shop floor or in knowledge-intensive maintenance field operations. HCI research is already dealing with these new challenges by developing and providing practical assistance solutions which bring together again the power of industrial automation with the flexibility of human intelligence. This workshop aims to pick up and present examples of best practice and lessons learned from researching and rolling out novel methods and technologies for worker focused assistance under industrial conditions. The topics of interest here include, but are not limited to: Cognitive support and cognitive automation for human sense making

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