Learning Layers – Review meeting gave a push to Year 3

12/12/2014 by

This week we had the Year 2 Review Meeting of the Learning Layers (LL) project in Luxembourg. As usual in the European Union FP7 projects, we had our preparation days and then presented our work for the reviewers. Whilst the Y1 review presented one work package after another, we had this time a more integrative approach. Our presentations had been structured as contributions to three integrative themes: a) Theoretical integration (or theoretical approaches working together); b) Integration via sustainability scenarios (covering the pilot sectors Healthcare and Construction and the complementary work with Managed Clusters); c) Technical integration (which covered integrative work via architectures, tools, services, development processes and the role of Social Semantic Server). From the ITB perspective we were happy to present a report that drew attention to the empowerment of our application partners via joint development of Learning Toolbox, joint multimedia training and joint outreach activities. were even

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Layers and cluster visitors: What did we learn in Bau-ABC today (Part 2)

05/12/2014 by

In my latest post I firstly told, why the fieldwork of the Learning Layers (LL) project has had less visibility in the recent weeks. Our reporting duties and some backstage work with the tools have filled the agendas. Therefore, a new round of pilot workshops had to postponed to the beginning of next year. In this respect we were happy to make a field visit to Bau-ABC with our visitors from the Norwegian cluster organisation Tretorget. In my first post on our visit I gave a brief report on our cluster talks with the visitors. In this post I will report on our talks with apprentices and trainers in Bau-ABC.  Talks with apprentices Since our Norwegian visitors represented a cluster in wood industry, our primary target was the workshop and the training area of carpenters. When approaching the area, I recognised some of the apprentices as ones who had participated

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Layers and cluster visitors: What did we learn in Bau-ABC today (Part 1)

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During the last few weeks quite a lot of effort in the Learning Layers (LL) project have been put to reporting and drawing conclusions from the Y2 activities. Also, a lot of effort has been put to the technical development of the tools. This might give a false impression that our fieldwork in the construction sector pilots has gone to standstill. We wouldn’t accept this interpretation. Yet, since we have not been able to organise major events, it is difficult to give a picture, what is going on  in the field. (For several practical reasons we had to postpone a new round of field workshops to the beginning of the year 2015.) From this point of view we were happy to receive visitors from the Norwegian Tretorget cluster organisation and to make a joint field visit to Bau-ABC with them. Below, in the first post I presents some observations the

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Dissemination of the LL fieldwork and R&D activities in construction sector

01/12/2014 by

Reecently I have written short news updates to the Learning & Working Newsletter on the Learning Layers (LL) project. I have firstly sent a short news article on the update of the LL websites for user engagement (both EN and DE language versions). Secondly I have sent a short summary on our contributions to educational research conferences. Since they give a quick snapshot what we have done recently and links to further sources, I will share this information also via this blog. Updates on the fieldwork of the EU-project Learning Layers The EU-funded research & development project “Learning Layers” supports the development of learning at workplace with mobile technologies, digital media and web tools. The project has recently updated its websites with articles and videos on the fieldwork in the pilot region for construction sector (North Germany). The articles describe the development of the new design idea “the Learning Toolbox”

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Dissemination of the LL fieldwork and R&D activities in construction sector

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Reecently I have written short news updates to the Learning & Working Newsletter on the Learning Layers (LL) project. I have firstly sent a short news article on the update of the LL websites for user engagement (both EN and DE language versions). Secondly I have sent a short summary on our contributions to educational research conferences. Since they give a quick snapshot what we have done recently and links to further sources, I will share this information also via this blog. Updates on the fieldwork of the EU-project Learning Layers The EU-funded research & development project “Learning Layers” supports the development of learning at workplace with mobile technologies, digital media and web tools. The project has recently updated its websites with articles and videos on the fieldwork in the pilot region for construction sector (North Germany). The articles describe the development of the new design idea “the Learning Toolbox”

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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.

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