Learning Layers presented to the Director-General of UNESCO Irina Bokova

25/05/2015 by

On May 5th we had an honour to introduce the work done and the objectives we pursue to the the director-general of UNESCO, Irina Bokova. During her short visit our Tallinn partner TLU presented their research on open educational resources, workplace learning, digital textbooks, learning analytics and MOOCs. Aso talked about the contribution to the educational policy making in Estonia, collaboration with industry partners and contribution to the educational innovation on the global level.

3 LAYERS track at the 15th iKnow Conference

20/05/2015 by

Learning Layers sponsors three special tracks at the the 15th anniversary of the I-Know Conference (http://i-know.tugraz.at/call-for-papers/#specialtracks). The topics will cover social knowledge management, education for smart industry and recommender systems. Submissions are welcome until the 22nd of June (abstract by 8th of June). Social Knowledge Management: from collections of documents to connections of people and physical objects Chairs: Ronald Maier, Andreas Schmidt Although knowledge has always been considered as inherently situated in the heads of people, knowledge management has started out with a technocratic focus on representations of knowledge in documents. The manifold developments of knowledge management since then include aspects of semantics and ontologies, activities and processes, assessment and evaluation, integration and visualization and a focus on the dynamics of knowledge maturing from emergent knowledge created by individuals to standardized knowledge applied by societies at large. With the advent of social software and the recent developments in networking of

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Learning Layers – AMEE 2015 Conference

19/05/2015 by

Leaning Layers is pleased to announce their presence at the annual AMEE 2015 (an international association for medical education) Glasgow – Conference 4 – 9th September 2015. AMEE 2015 Conference  is widely recognised as the key annual medical and healthcare professions education venue, regularly attended by 3,500 participants from around the globe. There is a big focus on e learning with the draft programme seeing an  eLearning Symposium ‘Shaping the future of Technology-Enhanced Learning’ and a Masterclass in Computer Enhanced Learning. Learning Layers will be showcasing 5 submissions alongside having an exhibition with demo tools throughout the 6 days of the conference. The Learning Layers team will be collecting feedback on the tools and building new links with healthcare stakeholders. eLearning Symposium (5th – 6th September) 1. A dynamic co-design approach to developing technology based help-seeking services that enhance workplace learning in healthcare, Micky Kerr, John Cook, Tamsin Treasure-Jones (Short Communication)

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Does technology destroy jobs

18/05/2015 by

The argument over whether technology creates or destroys jobs has been going on for as long as I can remember. Only yesterday John Naughton, in an article entitled “We are ignoring the new machine age at our peril“, worried about the impact of self driving cars and other technology on the future of employment. Naughton argued that there are “radical discontinuities that nobody could have anticipated”, driven by “combinatorial” effects of different technology trends coming together. These, he siad, include: “the near-infinite computing power provided by Moore’s law; precise digital mapping; GPS; developments in laser and infrared sensor technology; and machine-learning algorithms plus the availability of massive data-sets on which to train them.” He warned the outcome could be “that vast swaths of human activity – and employment – which were hitherto regarded as beyond the reach of “intelligent” machines may now be susceptible to automation.

Does technology destroy jobs

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The argument over whether technology creates or destroys jobs has been going on for as long as I can remember. Only yesterday John Naughton, in an article entitled “We are ignoring the new machine age at our peril“, worried about the impact of self driving cars and other technology on the future of employment. Naughton argued that there are “radical discontinuities that nobody could have anticipated”, driven by “combinatorial” effects of different technology trends coming together. These, he siad, include: “the near-infinite computing power provided by Moore’s law; precise digital mapping; GPS; developments in laser and infrared sensor technology; and machine-learning algorithms plus the availability of massive data-sets on which to train them.” He warned the outcome could be “that vast swaths of human activity – and employment – which were hitherto regarded as beyond the reach of “intelligent” machines may now be susceptible to automation.

Training Day in Bau-ABC – Part Two: How to work with the Learning Toolbox?

15/05/2015 by

This post continues the reports on the recent highlight event of our EU-funded Learning Layers (LL) project and its construction sector pilot in North Germany – the Training Days of the training centre Bau-ABC (that took place on Monday and Tuesday this week). On Monday the LL teams of ITB and Pontydysgu organised three workshop sessions to present the Learning Toolbox (LTB) and to plan further pilot activities with LTB in Bau-ABC. In my previous post I gave an overview on the event as such and on our contributions. In this post I will focus on the issues that were raised and on the results of different sessions and working groups. 1. General issues to be taken into account Already after the general presentations we were confronted by several issues that we need to consider when preparing the actual pilot activities with LTB to be used with mobile devices: Officially

Training Day in Bau-ABC – Part Two: How to work with the Learning Toolbox?

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This post continues the reports on the recent highlight event of our EU-funded Learning Layers (LL) project and its construction sector pilot in North Germany – the Training Days of the training centre Bau-ABC (that took place on Monday and Tuesday this week). On Monday the LL teams of ITB and Pontydysgu organised three workshop sessions to present the Learning Toolbox (LTB) and to plan further pilot activities with LTB in Bau-ABC. In my previous post I gave an overview on the event as such and on our contributions. In this post I will focus on the issues that were raised and on the results of different sessions and working groups. 1. General issues to be taken into account Already after the general presentations we were confronted by several issues that we need to consider when preparing the actual pilot activities with LTB to be used with mobile devices: Officially

Training Day in Bau-ABC – Part One: Presenting the Learning Toolbox

12/05/2015 by

Yesterday, (11th  of May) we experienced an important milestone in the fieldwork of our EU-funded Learning Layers (LL) project and in particular in the construction sector pilot in North Germany. A group of LL team members from ITB and Pontydysgu visited the annual Training Days of the training centre Bau-ABC. During the first Training Day we had three workshop sessions to present the Learning Toolbox (LTB) and to organise further pilot activities with LTB in Bau-ABC. 1. Background and preparation Looking back to the year 2014, a demonstration of the Learning Toolbox (LTB) might not sound as a great step forward – we had had such sessions on various occasions. Yet, there was a great difference between the earlier ones and one implemented yesterday. Since September 2014 the LL project had tried to mobilise forces across the consortium to develop software solutions for LTB. And – what is more

Focus group sessions and presentations of Y2 findings of the LAYERS project at the Tyrolean IT Day

09/05/2015 by

The UIBK team prepared the evaluation of the Learning Layers tools in the fourth year of the Leaning Layers project. We decided not just to perform a standard evaluation, rather we want to perform a next generation evaluation (see http://www.fsg.org/nextgenerationevaluation.aspx for details). As a starting point for the preparation and planning phase, we conducted focus group interviews with the developers and researchers at the Design Conference in Helsinki in March 2015. We jointly developed initial evaluation criteria and identified the main stakeholders of the prototypes. The next focus groups with the end-users will take place in the upcoming two months in UK and Germany. There, the tools will be introduced in order to get stakeholder feedback about the usability and the prototypes’ potential to be used during their daily work. Besides the focus group interviews, the Tyrolean IT-Day was held in Innsbruck on May 7th where the UIBK team presented the findings

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Construction sector apprentices’ secret weapon at the construction site: A tablet PC donated by the company Skanska

07/05/2015 by

(Fresh news from the Finnish pilot using Learning Layers’ tools, published originally in Rakentaja 3/2015¹, Text and Photos by Esa Tuominen, Translation by Pekka Kämäräinen, ITB) Santtu Järvinen, 17, a vocational school student in building and construction trades, is fastening a screw that fits a case to the hull structure on the front side of a building. But what is the carpenter Eero Luhtala doing at the same time? Well, Luhtala is shooting a video on the work of Järvinen with a brand new Samsung tablet PC. Thus, a video is created on the vocational learner’s performance at the workplace. Later on Järvinen can access the video, write comments and add other notes as well. Finally the video will be handed to the teacher of Järvinen at the vocational school. On the basis of the mobile picture the teacher can conclude, what kind of progress the young man has made during his period of workplace learning. A picture

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