Alan Brown and Jenny Bimrose presented the paper ‘The use of on-line collaborative learning to facilitate learning, development and professional identity transformation of career and employment practitioners’. You can download it from here, and the abstract is as follows:
This paper draws upon work from a European research project, EmployID, in order to provide an overarching view of how to use on-line collaborative learning to facilitate learning development and professional identity transformation of careers and employment practitioners. The methodology comprised participatory design, so that learning support could be developed that met the particular needs of the practitioners. IT applications were developed to support practitioners with on-line reflection, coaching and the use of labour market information (LMI) in their practice. In the UK Public Employment Service, two blended learning programs were developed to support identity transformation for employer advisers and work coaches, while subsequently an international MOOC was developed to support continuing professional development of career and employment practitioners more generally. This international MOOC was successful in facilitating a dialogue about the implications of the changing world of work for the professional identities of career and employment practitioners.