Catching up with the Learning Layers news – Part Two: Lessons from parallel work in healthcare sector

20/08/2015 by

With my previous post I started a series of “catching up” blogs to report on the newest developments in the EU-funded Learning Layers (LL) project. The first post reported on consortium-wide discussions that pave the way for Year Three review and guide R&D activities and fieldwork during the coming times. This second post looks over the fence (or Channel) and reports on some interesting developments in the LL project work in healthcare sector. Here again, I have to start with the exploitation journey poster that was already presented in the consortium meeting in Tallinn (but I missed because of leaving earlier). Yet, I think it is worthwhile to take a second look and consider how the work with exploitation journey and stocktaking on specific issues can support our work with the construction sector partners. 1. Updating the sectoral exploitation journeys (with posters based on common format) The exploitation journey poster

Catching up with the Learning Layers news – Part One: Working with the Story of Year 3

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My latest post on the EU-funded Learning Layers (LL) project was written just when I started my summer holidays. This year the holidays in North Germany (and in our application partner organisations) started relatively early. Therefore, when I/we were already on holidays, there was this and that happening at the consortium level and in other fields of work (in particular in the healthcare sector in UK). Therefore, it is appropriate to do some stock-taking to make sure that our fieldwork is fits in the plans of the consortium and takes into account the progress in the healthcare sector. With this post I try to summarise the recent discussions at the consortium level – mainly on the preparation for the Year Three review and the implications for our fieldwork. In the next post I will have a look at the recent progress of the LL work in the healthcare sector. The

DevOps Gamification Workshop at JTEL Summer School

07/08/2015 by

At early July 2015, the 11th Joint European Summer School on Technology Enhanced Learning took place on the island of Ischia in Italy. The summer school was attended by PhD students in Technology Enhanced Learning mainly from Europe. Learning Layers was represented by multiple participants and several workshops. One of the workshops was about Gamification for DevOps, hold by RWTH Aachen members. Both DevOps and Gamification are hot topics currently. The term DevOps became very popular in recent years to describe an improvement in the collaboration structure between developers and operators, leading to increased communication and better coordination when evolving and rolling out new versions of software. DevOpsUse is a logical continuation of this paradigm and stands for the involvement of users in the loop. Gamification on the other hand is a paradigm that brings in concepts known from games into real-world use cases. A famous example is Foursquare’s app

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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,

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