Getting into hands-on testing with the Learning Toolbox (LTB)

15/07/2015 by

In my recent posts I reported on the Tallinn meeting of the EU-funded Learning Layers (LL) project. My general impression was that we made good progress in many respects. Shortly after the meeting this was confirmed when our software developers invited us to hands-on testing with the Learning Toolbox (LTB). As usual, the software that is released for first testing is not quite mature and there are all kinds of minor details to be settled before it can be rolled out to wider use. Yet, the crucial step has been taken and we are now working as users of the software. To me it was important to get access to the tile store and to the process of creating new test stacks that arise from our fieldwork. Together with my ITB-colleague Werner Müller I had a joint session in which we scanned through our earlier working documents to see, how

Results & Conclusions of our Tallinn meeting – Part Three: The 2nd session on construction pilot

26/06/2015 by

In my two latest posts I started a series to report on the Tallinn meeting of our EU-funded Learning Layers (LL) project. In that first post I gave a picture of the preparation day. In the second posts I gave an overview on the inputs for the 1st session on construction sector pilot. These inputs were contributing to a picture on ‘integrated learning arrangements’. In this post I will continue with a report on our discussions on ‘technical integration’. Since we had already had the initially scheduled  online demonstration on the functioning of Learning Toolbox (LTB) we dedicated this session on the relations between LTB and ‘complementary’ LL tools that had been presented in the preparatory meeting or during the healthcare sessions. Below I try to give a nutshell of our discussions and conclusions on different tools or apps brought into discussion. 1. ‘AchSo!’ video annotation tool We started

3 publications in ECETEL from the Layers project

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ECTEL was really competitivve this year, it has received 176 valid submissions, out of which 27 were accepted as full papers, 19 as short papers, 13 as demos and 33 as posters. 131 Full Papers were submitted – so this makes an acceptance rate of 20,6% for full papers, and 35% for full papers plus short papers. From them we’ve had a poster-Paper accepted: Ruiz-Calleja, A., Dennerlein, S., Tomberg, V., Pata, K., Ley, T., Theiler, D. & Lex, E. (2015). Supporting learning analytics for informal workplace learning with a social semantic infrastructure. In Proceedings of the European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning, Springer International Publishing (in press). We present KnowBrain, an open source Dropbox-like knowledge repository with social and collaborative learning features for informal workplace learning. KnowBrain enables users (i) to share and collaboratively structure knowledge, (ii) to access knowledge via sophisticated content- and metadata-based search and recommendation mechanisms, and (iii)

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Results & Conclusions of our Tallinn meeting – Part Two: The 1st session on construction pilot

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In my latest post I started a series to report on the Tallinn meeting of our EU-funded Learning Layers (LL) project. In that first post I gave a picture of our productive preparation day (Tuesday 16th of June). In the two further posts I will focus on  our consortium meeting with an emphasis on the construction sector pilot. For the sake of completion I need to mention that we had firstly some general sessions that tuned us into the key issues. Yet, the highlights of the meeting to me were the consecutive sessions on ‘integrated learning arrangements’ (healthcare, construction) and ‘technical integration’ (healthcare, construction). In this blog post I have chosen to cover the first session on the construction sector pilot. Presentations on the construction sector pilot and on the Learning Toolbox Our original plan was to give the main emphasis on the use of Learning Toolbox in the Bau-ABC

Results & Conclusions of our Tallinn meeting – Part One: The preparation day

25/06/2015 by

In one of my previous posts (June 13th, 2015) I wrote about our preparation for the forthcoming Tallinn meeting of our EU-funded Learning Layers (LL) project. Now, with this series of blog posts, it is time to wrap up results and conclusions of our busy days in Tallinn. In this first post I will focus on our work during the preparation day (Tuesday 16th of June). In the next post I will focus on the sessions that focused on the construction sector pilot. Due to favourable flight schedules the LL partners from North Germany (ITB and Bau-ABC) had decided to take flights to Tallinn already on Monday (15th of June) and to dedicate the whole Tuesday for a preparatory meeting. In the first partof the meeting we were working mainly with our ‘local issues’ with the ongoing construction sector pilot and on the exploitation issues (using German as

Results & Conclusions of our Tallinn meeting – Part One: The preparation day

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In one of my previous posts (June 13th, 2015) I wrote about our preparation for the forthcoming Tallinn meeting of our EU-funded Learning Layers (LL) project. Now, with this series of blog posts, it is time to wrap up results and conclusions of our busy days in Tallinn. In this first post I will focus on our work during the preparation day (Tuesday 16th of June). In the next post I will focus on the sessions that focused on the construction sector pilot. Due to favourable flight schedules the LL partners from North Germany (ITB and Bau-ABC) had decided to take flights to Tallinn already on Monday (15th of June) and to dedicate the whole Tuesday for a preparatory meeting. In the first partof the meeting we were working mainly with our ‘local issues’ with the ongoing construction sector pilot and on the exploitation issues (using German as

One hundred blog posts on Learning Layers project published @ Working & Learning

13/06/2015 by

This morning I published a blog post on our preparation for the Tallinn consortium meeting of our EU-funded Learning Layers (LL) project.  As usual, I copied it to the the current logbook of my blogs on the LL project. When checking that I had properly updating the logbook, I noticed that the number of blog posts in these logbooks had reached the milestone of one hundred (100). Talking about blogging, one hundred is not a great number – one thousand could already count as an achievement. Or – thinking of the fact that I have been blogging regularly since November 2012 – the time frame that I have covered is not that much either. Thinking of the champion bloggers that I know – like Graham Attwell (Wales-Wide Web) or Wilfred Rubens (Technology Enhanced Learning) – they have been blogging over ten years. So, that gives us a perspective. Yet,

Getting ready for the Learning Layers project meeting in Tallinn

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Next week our EU-funded Learning Layers (LL) project will have a project consortium meeting – once again in Tallinn. Last September we were already there and made plans for the autumn and spring months. Now we are coming back with the awareness that we have made slower progress than we had hoped. Yet, having a period of technical difficulties (and delayed field pilots) in between, we are looking forward to the next steps. In this respect we (the North-German team working with Bau-ABC) are happy that we have started to prepare the forthcoming pilot activities. So, let us have a look, how we have made ourselves ready for the Tallinn talks.  1. Working with training projects to produce video material and to use Learning Toolbox During the Training Day (11th of May) workshops in Bau-ABC we collected examples of Bau-ABC training projects that could be used as pilot cases for

Learning Layers meets Finnish promoters of apprenticeship and workplace learning

08/06/2015 by

Last week (Thursday 4.6.2015) we had a small working meeting to present the current phase of the EU-funded Learning Layers (LL) pilots to our Finnish counterparts who are promoting apprenticeship and workplace learning. The event took place in Espoo, in the Design Factory building of the Aalto University and it was hosted by Marjo Virnes from Aalto and me from ITB. The Finnish counterparts represented the Finnish agencies for apprentice training (oppisopimustoimistot), the Finnish association of ‘godfathers/godmothers’ of apprentice training (Oppisopimuskummit ry) and the Finnish vocational teacher education in the fields of commerce and hospitality. Some of the invited participants were writing their doctoral theses on apprentice training – unfortunately not all could attend the meeting. Here some insights into our discussion. 1. Presenting the Learning Layers project and the LL tools We started with an overview of the LL project – looking at

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.

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