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Learning Toolbox (LTB) Chronicle Vol. 2, 2015 – Overview

Construction Pilot articles of the Learning Layers project (Year 3)

Pekka Kämäräinen

The Learning Toolbox Chronicle is a collection of articles on the work of the Construction pilot of the Learning Layers project. The co-design process that was initiated in 2013 by the project partners from the training centre Bau-ABC Rostrup has led to the development of the integrative toolset Learning Toolbox (LTB) to support online learning and knowledge sharing.

The articles of Vol. 2, 2015 report on activities of the third year of the Learning Layers project Construction pilot that paved the way for the piloting with the Learning Toolbox in the fourth year of the project.

Article 1/2015 The Learning exhibition “nachhaltig.bauen.erleben” opened in Verden (25.4.2015)

In April 2015 the application partner Agentur experienced a highlight when the joint exhibition and office building of the organisations for ecological construction work (Agentur, NNB and NZNB) was inaugurated. In this context the Learning Exhibition “nachhaltig.bauen.erleben(sustainable.construction work. lived experience) was opened.

Article 2/2015 Training Day on Learning Layers tools in Bau-ABC Rostrup (11.5.2015)

In May 2015 the application partner Bau-ABC organised its annual Training Days for training its own staff. In this context the research partners ITB and Pontydysgu were invited to organise workshops to explore the use of Learning Layers tools – in particular of the Learning Toolbox – with Bau-ABC trainers and continuing vocational training coordinators.

Article 3/2015 Learning Layers meets Finnish promoters of apprentice training (Espoo 4.6.2015)

In June 2015 the research partners ITB and Aalto organised a meeting with Finnish promoters of apprentice training to share information on the Learning Layers pilots in construction sector (in Finland and Germany) and to discuss the developments in Finnish apprentice training.

Article 4/2015 Learning Layers presents the Learning Toolbox Beta version in the International VET conference and on a field visit to Bau-ABC (Rostrup/Bremen 2.9.-3.9.2015)

In September 2015 the developers of the Learning Toolbox launched the public Beta version via Google Playstore. This was was combined to a field visit to Bau-ABC (with ITB and Pontydysgu) and to a workshop in Bremen International Vocational Education and Training conference. 

Article 5/2015 Learning Layers in dialogue with other projects at ECER 2015 (Budapest 9.9.2015)

In September 2015 the research partners ITB and Pontydysgu participated in the European Conference on Educational Research (ECER 2015) in Budapest. Here the Learning Layers project was presented in an ITB-led symposium that brought the project into dialogue with two other projects working with digital media and web resources as support for learning.

Article 6/2015 Learning Layers meets Singapore Workforce Development Agency (Bremen 16.9.2015)

In September 2015 the research partners ITB and Pontydysgu received a 14-person delegation from Singapore Workforce Development Agency, led by the Chief Executive and Chief Research Officer. The working meeting with the delegation focused on the development of Learning Layers tools and their use to support learning in workplace contexts. The visitors informed of their new innovation program iN.LEARN 2020.

Article 6/2015 Learning Layers meets Singapore Workforce Development Agency (Bremen 16.9.2015)

Pekka Kämäräinen, Ludger Deitmer and Dirk Stieglitz

The research partners ITB and Pontydysgu had a working meeting with Singapore Workforce Development Agency. The delegation was led by  Chief Executive Ng Cher Pong and Chief Research Officer Gog Soon Joo and consisted of 12 participants (from the agency, from the Ministry of Manpower and from partner organisations). The delegation was on European tour and their main target in Germany was a meeting with Learning Layers project in Bremen.

In the first part of the meeting the ITB team presented information on the Learning Layers project (with emphasis on the construction pilot and on the development of the  Learning Toolbox). In addition Dirk Stieglitz from Pontydysgu  internet demonstration that showed, how the Learning Toolbox can be co-developed by the users by designing tiles, pages and stacks (for managing contents, web resources and communications).

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In the second part of the meeting the visitors informed us of the vocational education and training (VET) system in Singapore, on the role of public authorities, of their agency and of public-private partnerships as well as private-private partnerships. They emphasised that the key instrument for developing VET and continuing training is not seen in regulations but in the financing of training (e.g. via vouchers and other arrangements). From this point of view the visitors were keen to learn more on the the German dual system, on the partnership arrangements and on the commitment of enterprises to training. In addition they were very interested to learn more of the further deployment of the Learning Toolbox.

The visitors informed that the government of Singapore has approved to launch the Innovative Learning 2020 (iN.LEARN 2020) project of the agency and of the Singapore Institute of Adult Learning. The iN.LEARN 2020 is a multi-year national project with the goal of shaping learning design and it starts in October 2015. The visitors expressed their willingness to maintain contacts with the Learning Layers projects and are looking forward to next encounters.

Learning Toolbox (LTB) Chronicle Vol. 2, 6/2015

Artikel 3/2015 Das Learning Layers Projekt trifft Finnische Ansprechpartner für die Entwicklung der Lehrlingausbildung (Espoo 4.6.2015)

Pekka Kämäräinen und Marjo Virnes

Im Frühjahr 2015 haben Learning Layers Partner aus Aalto Universität in einem Pilotvorhaben mitgewirkt,in dem das AchSo! Video Annotation Tool im Bausektor angewendet wurde. Das Vorhaben wurde als Zusammenarbeit zwischen der Bauarbeitergewerkschaft, der Firma Skanska und den regionalen Berufsschulzentren in Tampere und Valkeakoski durchgeführt. Die Gewerkschaftszeitschrift  Rakentaja hatte ein Artikel über das Finnische Pilot veröffentlicht. Das Artikel wurde dann vom Learning Layers Projekt als Englische und Deutsche Sprachversionen auf Projektwebsite veröffentlicht (S. http://learning-layers.eu/construction/ (EN Version) und http://learning-layers.eu/german/aktivitaten/ (DE Version)).

Danach hatten die Learning Layers Partner ITB und Aalto Universität eine gemeinsame Veranstaltung initiiert, um Finnische Asprechpartner über parallelle Pilotvorhaben in Deutschland und in Finnland zu informieren. Die TeilnehmerInnen kamen aus verschiedene Organisationen, die Lehrlingausbildung in Finnland unterstützen:  regionale Koordinationsstellen für Lehrlingausbildung (Annukka Norontaus, Terttu Konttinen), Verband der Paten der Leahrlingausbildung (Kari Viinisalo) und Institut für Lehrerausbildung in Berufsfelder Verwaltung, Handel und Gastwirtschaft (Virve Vainio).

Zuerst haben ITB und Aalto einen Überblick über das Learning Layers Projekt und dessen Entwicklung gegeben. Dann hat Aalto über die Finnisch Pilotvorhaben mit dem AchSo! tool (in der Berufsbildungszentren mit Bauberufen und in Fachhochschulen mit Pflegeberufen). Danach hat ITB über die Entwicklung des Learning Toolbox als integrative Werkzeugskasten (für die Entwicklung des arbeitsbezogenen Lernens) informiert.

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Screenshot 1 und 2: Einblicke in die Anwendung der Learning Toolbox (mit Trainingsmaterial) und AchSo (Video Annotation an einer Baustelle)

Die Finnische TeilnehmerInnen haben dann über aktuelle bildungspolitische Entwicklungen in Finnland informiert sowie ihre eigene Aktivitäten zur Förderung der Lehrlingausbildung erzählt. In diesem Zusammenhang wurde auch Information über laufende Forschungsvorhaben sowie über künftige Konferenzen geteilt.

Die TeilnehmerInnen haben entschieden, die Zusammenarbeit fortzusetzen und haben einen gemeinsamen Verteiler gegründet. Dazu haben die TeilnehmerInnen sich verpflichet, Beiträge über weitere Entwicklungen, Forschungsergebnisse und Initiativen an Verkko-Osaaja (gemeinsame Web-Journal der Koordinationsstellen für Lehrlingausbildung).

Learning Toolbox (LTB) Chronik, Jahrgang 2, 3/2015

Learning Layers-Projekt konferiert mit einer Delegation der Singapore Workforce Development Agency (Bremen 18.9.2015)

von Pekka Kämäräinen, Ludger Deitmer und Dirk Stieglitz

Die Forschungspartner ITB und Pontydysgu trafen sich einen Tag mit einer Delegation der Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA). Die Delegation wurde vom Generaldirektor Ng Cher Pong und Forschungsdirektorin Gog Soon Joo geleitet. Die 12 TeilnehmerInnen kamen neben WDA auch vom Ministry of Manpower und aus verschiedenen Partnerorganisationen. Die Delegation hatte mehrere Zielorte in Europa, und in Deutschland war das Meeting mit dem Learning Layers-Projekt in Bremen das Hauptziel.

Im ersten Teil des Meetings präsentierte das ITB-Team das Projekt Learning Layers – mit Fokus auf Pilotaktivitäten im Bausektor und die Entwicklung der Learning Toolbox. Dazu wurden die Struktur, Funktionalität und Anwendungsmöglichkeiten der Learning Toolbox in einer Internet-Demonstration dargestellt.

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Im zweiten Teil des Meetings berichteten die Gäste aus Singapore über berufliche Bildung und innerbetriebliche Mitarbeiterqualifizierung. In diesem Zusammenhang wurden die Rolle der staatlichen Interventionen und der WDA sowie die Bedeutung von Partnerschaften diskutiert. Aus dieser Perspektive waren die Gäste sehr am deutschen dualen System der Berufsbildung, Ausbildungs- und Weiterbildungspartnerschaften und die Beteiligung der Betriebe interessiert. Zudem gab es großes Interesse an den Anwendungsmöglichkeiten der Learning Toolbox für Trainingmaßnahmen und im arbeitsbezogenen Lernen.

Zum Schluss berichteten die Gäste, dass Singapore im Oktober 2015 ein neues Projekt “Innovative Learning 2020 (iN.LEARN 2020)” auflegen wird. WDA ist als Partner involviert, während das Singapore Institute of Adult Learning für die Koordination zuständig ist. Das iN.LEARN 2020 ist ein nationales Leitprojekt für die Gestaltung innovativer Lernumgebungen und dauert mehrere Jahre.  Die Gäste betonten ihre Bereitschaft, Kontakte mit dem Learning Layers-Projekt weiterzuführen und den Informationsaustausch zu vertiefen.

Learning Layers visits Doctors and Construction Workers

Research projects on Information and Communication Technologies are often being criticized for overly emphasizing technical issues at the expense of considerations for where and how the technologies should be employed. The Learning Layers project is quite different in this respect as only roughly half of the overall budget will go into researching and developing technology. Continue reading

Learning Layers – What have we learned during Application Partner Days in Bremen (Part 2)

As I mentioned in my previous post, I am preparing brief reports of field visits that took place this week as a part of the Application Partner Days (APDs) of the Learning Layers (LL) project. This blog article focuses on the visit to the training centre area of Bau ABC in Rostrup (West of Bremen).

As we have been informed in the project, Bau ABC is one of the two major training centres set up by the umbrella organisation of building and construction sector in North Germany (Bauindustrieverband Niedersachsen-Bremen) and it is run as an operative arm of a support association for training in building and construction sector (Verein zur Berufsförderung der Bauwirtschaft Nord e.V.). The training centre Bau ABC in the municipality of Rostrup covers a wide range of occupational fields including initial VET (Erstausbildung), continuing training (Weiterbildung), training of Master Continue reading

Learning Layers – What have we learned during Application Partner Days in Bremen (Part 1)

My previous posts on the Learning Layers (LL) project raised the question: “What can we learn during on-site-visits?” At that time the ITB team was busy doing interviews with application partners from the North German construction sector. The first results were rapidly prepared as draft User Stories for further analyses. In this context the quick blog articles served as ‘appetizers’ for other partners: “Here is your chance for a sneak preview before live visits.”

Earlier this week a considerable number of LL partners were visiting the training centre area of Bau ABC in Rostrup and the premises of Agentur für Nachhaltiges Bauen and its sister organisations in Verden. The visitors had prepared themselves with the help of the User Stories and the hosts had taken initiatives to bring the discussion further. So, after this shared experience it is appropriate to ask: “What have we learned during the Application Continue reading

Learning Layers – What can we learn during on-site visits? (Part 2)

In December 2012 I started a series of blogs for the Learning Layers (LL) project with the question “What can we learned during on-site-visits. In the first article I summarised my first impressions from a field visit of the ITB team to the work site of our partner organisation Agentur für Nachhaltiges Bauen. This visit (and the interviews we recorded) gave us a much richer picture of the special area ‘ecological construction work’ and of the innovations that our partners are pushing ahead in this field.

Now, in January 2013, the ITB team has started its work for LL with further field visits (including audio/video recorded interviews) to the sites of our partners in the North-German construction cluster. Yesterday I and my colleague Werner Müller visited the training centre BauABC Rostrup at Bad Zwischenahn (near Bremen). During our visit we had a quick look at some of the worksites Continue reading

Learning Layers – What can we learn during on-site visits? (Part 1)

My latest blog postings on Learning Layers focused on lessons to be learned from predecessor projects. We still need to follow that track. There is surely something to be discussed when we get statements from colleagues who have been involved (and taken the opportunity to think aloud about their learning gains).

However, now the current phase of the Learning Layers is pushing forward the on-site visits and the work with interview materials. At the moment we are just making the very first interviews and the editing of recordings and the detailed analyses are on the agenda in January 2013. Yet, already at this point it is worthwhile to consider, what we (as researchers) can learn during the on-site visits when talking to people who know their trade (and the issues  to be studied)  via their own practical experience.

Three members of the  ITB team visited earlier this week our Application Continue reading