learning at work
Online learning in the workplace: a hybrid model of participation in networked, professional learning
This article by Mary Thorpe and Jean Gordon was published on the Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 28(8).
The design and conceptualisation of online learning environments for work-related, professional learning was addressed through research with users of an online environment for social workers. The core questions for the research were to identify the nature of participation in the online environment, the relationship between online participation and the offline context, and the implications for conceptualisation of online learning environments to support work-related learning. Key areas of the research literature in technology-enhanced and work related learning are discussed in order to position the study, to inform the research methods used and interpretation of the findings. Online participation needs to be understood as a hybrid concept, in that it is a reflection of offline roles, opportunities and pressures, as well as the usefulness, usability and relevance of what is online. Online participation was diverse, from short browsing for information to more reflective engagement that supported movement across the boundaries between roles and areas of work practice and a focus on practice skills and underlying values. Online sites intended to support work-related learning should start from the perspective of the socio-technical interaction network, with its emphasis on building in the social context at all stages in the life of a site.
The TELL-ME project (Technology Enhanced Learning Livinglab for Manufacturing Environments) aims to develop and trial in authentic contexts (SME-driven human-centric and service-oriented manufacturing workplaces) an innovative cross-enterprise methodology and IT platforms for continuous education and training in heterogeneous business ecosystems, blending Precision Teaching (PT) lifelong learning and Living Lab (LL) participative co-creation aspects in ways that can address more business needs than traditional training
This responds to several EU 2020 Strategy indicated in several Flagship Initiatives like "An Agenda for new skills and jobs", "An industrial policy for the globalisation era", "Innovation Union" and "Digital Agenda for Europe" and summarised in the two questions below:
- How can SMEs blue collar workers in less advanced industrial sectors keep the pace of innovation of technologically advanced ones?
- How can TEL-based training be positioned and improved, in order to have more impact on industrial sectors' innovation and resilience?
Five main challenges have been identified as fingerprints of the TELL-ME proposal:
- Human-centred manufacturing and the increasing need to consider human factors and workers wellbeing in the production processes;
- Service oriented Manufacturing and its increasing need to open, breed and govern globalised business ecosystems;
- Learning Ecosystems are the new frontier of collaborative value networks on a global and cross-sector market;
- Living Labs of SMEs and their need to constantly develop business-technical-social-market innovation via co-creation and inspirational environments;
- Learning at the Workplace and its need for fast, punctual and personalized life-long learning that takes account of fluency-driven approaches to training, and trends in using TEL and OER for self-regulated learning.
Much social creativity involves human collaboration through and about artifacts that embody collective knowledge resulting from the collaboration. It can be a catalyst to enable European SMEs and large organizations to adopt and sustain new approaches to learning by fostering non-linear and non-standard thinking and allowing promising ideas to be transformed into new processes, products, services or business models
To this end COLLAGE will exploit new synergies between the social Web phenomenon, emerging Web analytics, collaboration and gaming technologies to energize and enable social creativity in learning. It will design, develop and validate an innovative cloud-enabled Social Creativity Service-Set that will support the interlinking of learning processes and systems with (i) social computational services for inspiring learners,
(ii) social affinity spaces for leveraging expression and exploration, and (iii) social game mechanics for supporting social evaluation and appreciation of creative behaviour.
The COLLAGE service set will be applied to enhance creativity in the learning processes of: FIAT SEPIN, which provides training to the Fiat Group and its automobile ecosystem; CEDEP, the executive education consortium; and WAAG, the creative technology society. COLLAGE will aim to generate:
- Economic impact by enabling SMEs and large organizations to capitalize on the creative capabilities of their employees through new value creation.
- Technological impact by advancing leading edge technologies (context-aware computing, web analytics and social computational systems) towards creativity support.
- Impact on TEL by providing an open-source service-set for social creativity able to mash-up with existing learning processes and solutions.
- Scientific impact by advancing research in prominent research areas such as creativity models for learning, game-based learning and social recommender systems.
The Digital Learning Congress is a unique business event whose aim is to demonstrate the latest trends and solutions in the area of conveying and managing digital knowledge in a company
Top-class experts from European countries will present practical applications of touch technologies, interactive mobile devices, extended reality, gamification and social media in personnel training.
By taking part in the event, you will be able to find out the results of implementing Knowledge Pills Methodology in companies, and of e-teaching of scattered teams (on the basis of the Collective Blended Learning Methodology).
Who is it for?
The Congress is directed towards experts and practitioners representing business organisations, in particular towards:
- Human resources, sales and marketing managers
- Employees of human resources departments
- Business trainers
- e-learning and mobile learning specialists
- Training firms
- and people for whom it is important to have knowledge about the education for the business market and new trends in that field.
CLC12 Leitthema: HR und Corporate Learning im Umbruch
Der große Erfolg des CLC11 macht uns Mut für das zweite BarCamp für Trainings-, Kompetenz- und Personalentwicklungs-Profis aus Unternehmen. Diesmal vom 28. bis 29. September 2012 in Frankfurt. Veranstalter des CoLearnCamps ist der Arbeitgeberverband HESSENMETALL.
Pragmatisches Lernen voneinander - über Unternehmensgrenzen hinweg. Für die, die sonst das Lernen Anderer in Unternehmen anstoßen, begleiten, oder verant-worten: Für HR-Experten, Trainings-Profis und Führungskräfte.
Now in its 20th year, the World of Learning is set to showcase the latest developments in L&D in everything from e-learning and mobile learning, as well as live workshops, one-to-one consultations, free seminars and its renowned annual conference.
An essential two-day conference for all senior learning & development professionals
A visit to the World of Learning presents L&D professionals with an invaluable time and cost-efficient opportunity to share experiences and learn from others how to best overcome the hurdles and ensure you are delivering the solutions the business needs to stay ahead.
What makes the conference unique?
The World of Learning Conference is unique. By combining extensive research with authoritative input from key industry figures, the conference programme provides an up-to-the-minute overview of the vital issues facing the senior L&D professional.
Featuring high-profile cases studies, interactive seminars and discussion forums, the World of Learning Conference programme concentrates on the current issues of most concern to L&D professionals. You will come away from the World of Learning Conference with genuine and inspiring solutions for your day-to-day and long-term business objectives.
The World of Learning Conference 2012 will present delegates with a fascinating combination of first-hand case-study presentations, lively panel debates and discussions, and interactive workshops
For the third time, the “Fachkongress Professional Learning Europe“ (PLE), will be held parallel to our fair “Zukunft Personal/HRM Expo“. The PLE is dedicated to the topics of e-Learning and Knowledge Management in Companies and Organizations.
The coincidence in time and place with Europe´s biggest Exhibition for Human Resource Management allows for multiple synergies. Not only e-learning experts but also interested HR-managers can learn about new international trends and exchange experiences with other participants.
The PLE is committed to a practical approach that picks up the companies´ typical problems and challenges and offers solutions based on services, methods and products for e-learning, knowledge management and competence development.
The PLE supports companies that are confronted with change management–processes and helps them to stay competitive and get in shape for the future. The congress offers solutions for questions and challenges that typically arise when qualifying employees and transmitting information about work- and learning processes.
ITOL is internationally recognised as the professional body of first choice for those specialising in training, development and occupational learning.Membership encompasses training consultants, instructors, training managers, NVQ assessors, professors & lecturers, training directors and training designers etc. They work in every sector of industry, commerce, local and national government, not-for-profit organisations and the Armed Forces in Europe, Middle East, North Africa, Asia, North America and Australia. ITOL creates opportunities for professional development and contribution in the field of Learning and Development
The e-Learning professionals have the perfect meeting oportunity to meet in this important event to be held in Dutch.
The main themes of the event:
- What's going on (in education, healthcare and business)!?
- The e-Lab: right away!
- Working and Learning