EmployID has taken a workplace learning perspective on learning analytics and has become an important voice in the emerging conversations on the subject. The Raconteur magazine has published an article on Learning Analytics and interviewed Graham Attwell as part of the research: "The first potential of analytics is to make learning visible, so it can be made more effective"
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.
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.
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_
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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.
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
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.“
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.