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EmployID is a research project aiming at supporting public employment services and their employees in adapting to the changes to their world of work by facilitating the development of their professional identities.

Patterns, Identity & Motivation: MATEL 2016 at Lyon, France

This year's MATEL edition in Lyon, France (organized by EmployID members Christine Kunzmann, Carmen Wolf, and Andreas Schmidt) with more than 20 participants focused on the further developing the ideas of patterns (see an introduction into the insights from previous workshops), particularly on the challenges in dealing with motivational and affective issues in a systematic way. 

A larger part of the discussion covered the spectrum of intrinsic and extrinsic motivation and the interindividual differences, particularly in the context of formal education. Does it depend on the subject, such as the usual argument that for many students learning maths cannot be fully achieved through measures focussed on intrinsic motivation? Does it depend the formal context around, such as hierarchically and strictly organized companies, or the strict bachelor and master programmes that make students focus on credits and minimizing their efforts? Or does it depend on the individual identity and presumed compatibility of the topics to learn with the image of oneself so that motivation might come from helping students developing their (future professional) identity? This would mean that we need to widen the scope of interventions to address motivational aspects in both workplace learning and formal education.

European MOOC: The Changing World of Work

We are offering a free online course on the Changing World of Work starting at the end of March 2017. 

The course will be running on the EMMA MOOC portal in English and Spanish. 

Here is quick preview of what to expect: https://platform.europeanmoocs.eu/course_the_changing_world_of_work_

Registration is already open!

 

EmployID joins the pattern community at EuroPLoP 2016

EmployID has joined the conversation in the pattern community with its approach to orienting large-scale collaborative research projects towards patterns. Christine Kunzmann and Andreas Schmidt have attended the EuroPLoP conference where the submitted paper received intense feedback from the community as part of so-called "writer's workshops". There the paper was discussed by the workshop participants with the authors as "flies on the wall". This feedback is now incorporated into a camera ready version of the paper for the post-proceedings to be published beginning of 2017.

Apart from that it was also unique experience at a conference that put a lot of emphasis on trust building and community formation through non-competetitive group games and a lot of opportunities for informal exchange. 

Labour market information (LMI) in Lifelong guidance (LLG) Thessaloniki, 16 May 2016

This seminar was attended mostly by international experts in LMI and career guidance, with published research on the topic, as well as promoters of relevant projects in the EU. Bearing in mind that Cedefop is currently implementing large scale initiative aiming at developing tools to support capacitation of guidance services in LMI and ICT, which can be integrated in the actual national versions of the toolkits, the workshop has:

  • Presented the results of Cedefop's study on LMI in lifelong guidance
  • Reflected upon conditions for the implementation of good practices
  • Discussed the key issues and challenges encountered when developing quality ICT and LMI for LLG
  • Discussed priorities for the development of LMI and ICT based services in the EU;
  • Identified further steps in the development of the LMI toolkits.

Workplace Learning Analytics for Facilitation in European Public Employment Services at LAK 2016 Workshop

Graham Attwell has has been at the pre-conference workshops for the Learning analytics conference in Edinburgh. This is my presentation at the workshop on Workplace Learning Analytics. And below is the abstract of my paper together with a link to download the full paper, if you should wish. In the next few days,  I will write up a reflection on the workshops, plus some new ideas that emerged from talking with participants.

Interview for German Human Resource Manager Magazine on Peer Coaching

The current issue of the German Human Resource Manager Magazine (April/May 2016) mentions the importance and the trend of being coached by peers. Carmen Wolf (KIT), member of the EmployID team, was interviewed on the Peer Coaching Tool currently in development by EmployID. The peer-to-peer concept is not only of interest for Public Employment Services around Europe, but also for companies that partly already implemented peer coaching into their working practices. The article written by Josephine Pabst might attract also partners from industry to collaborate with EmployID.

The article mentions the peer coaching tool as work in progress that "could be revolutionizing peer coaching in companies by the end of the year.“

EmployID attested "extremely good progress" at 2nd review

 
EmployID had its annual review at EU premises in Luxembourg where project members were presenting a summary of the achievements of the second year. Experts from different fields provided their expertise and advice to the project and engaged in an exciting conversation with the project. The project has impressed the reviewers with the “very strong vision”, the “clear idea”, and that we are “well networked” in the domain. Together we discussed about ways of spreading even further the promising results and to increase the impact on all levels, and overall the project was perceived to have made "extremely good progress".
 
 
In the second year, the project had also made a move towards more integration with a single document (deliverable) across all the project activities, which is a unique move for research projects. This move was "hugely appreciated", and EmployID could set a benchmark for other projects. It was also recognized that this has been just one example of where the EmployID team has gone "beyond the DoW, which is rare these days". This has shown to the project that it is worth to go the extra mile towards excellence and rewarded the hard work of the whole project team.
 
The second year deliverable will be released soon to the public.
 
The project has already started to have an impact on the PES landscape and the research area, and the review feedback has reinforced the dedication to this mission. We're looking forward to another two years!

Peer Coaching Training & Evaluation preparation for Croatia

On March 16 & 17, 2016 a two-day’ workshop was held in the facilities of the Research group engineering didactics at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) to prepare the peer coaching kick-off workshop on the 6th of May 2016 in Zagreb/Croatia for the Croatian Public Employment Service (PES) and the then following three-week online course on EmployID Academy. The working group was mixed between members of the peer coaching team, the evaluation team and the Croatian Public Employment Service members.

On the first day the group cleared up issues on the organization, e.g. agenda, participant group, certificates, open online badges, video dissemination of PES and re-structured and shortened the already existing EmployID peer coaching online course according to the participant’s group’s demands. The online course will be translated into Croatian in the following week, which includes also videos that have been already produced for peer coaching. The English version of the online course is planned to be added to the prepared PES Portal as first finished and cleared solution for open use even after the project. As there is also a meeting with German Public Employment Services soon, there will be also a German version upcoming.

The second day was used to plan evaluation of the training with Croatian PES and how the evaluation will be done in future courses and contexts around peer coaching. Therefore the self-assessment questionnaire was adapted and an expectation questionnaire created and the evaluation approach planned in detail (for both kick-off training and online course). At the end of the second day the current status of the peer coaching online tool was presented and the participants very well liked the realization of the peer coaching. However some doubts on acceptance within PES will be needed to be cleared up by actually trying out the tool in another workshop. 

EmployID Peer Coaching at 62. GfA Spring Congress 2016

At the 62. Spring Congress (“Frühjahrskongress”) of the Society of Ergonomics and Work Science (GfA) Carmen Wolf (KIT) presented the current status on peer coaching in EmployID. The short paper (in German) on peer coaching written together with Gerd Gidion (KIT) was published in the digital conference proceedings. The presentation can be viewed here.In the fifteen minutes presentation the main aims of EmployID and the support through peer coaching to tackle these aims were introduced.

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