LEARNTEC is the leading fair on learning technologies in Germany. Every year, over 7,250 HR decision-makers and IT managers from all over the world come to the trade fair and convention in Karlsruhe, where they can find out about the possibilities of digital learning from over 250 exhibitors from 14 countries and look for concrete solutions for imparting and managing knowledge. In recent years, the focus has also been expanded to include the digitisation of school and higher education.
LMI App presented to government officials, researchers & managers in careers and employment suppport
Members of the EmployID project team (Jenny Bimrose (University of Warwick), Deirdre Hughes and Graham Attwell (Pontydysgu) and Zoey Wareing (Department of Work and Pensions) presented at a major dissemination event in London on 1st December, 2016. The event was organised by University of Warwick and funded by the Department of Education to promote the effective use of high quality labour market information in careers and employment support. Members of the EmployID team presented on the LMI App, developed by the EmployID project team. The App is based on the UK ‘LMI for All’ data portal. It has been piloted in DWP, through the EmployID project, over the past two years, formally evaluated and will be rolled out for use across the organisation in 2017. The event was attended by government officials, researchers, managers, and practitioners, with the EMMA MOOC promoted.
Vox: National Agency for Lifelong Learning
The brief for this keynote presentation was ‘Labour market information (LMI) and careers/employment counselling’. A key focus for the presentation was the EmployID project, with its focus on supporting the professional identity transformation of counsellors located in Public Employment Services, through the development of desktop applications designed for use by PES practitioners on LMI, first in the UK, now in Slovenia. The presentation was attended by practitioners, managers, researchers and representatives of different Ministries and was well received.
Second e-guidance and e-governance seminar: Nordic countries
Immediately after this first presentation in the morning, Jenny travelled to a second venue in Oslo after lunch to give a similar presentation as the keynote at the ‘Second e-guidance and e-governance seminar’ for the Nordic countries. With the focus of the seminar being on e-guidance and e-governance, a good deal of interest was shown in the pioneering work of EmployID in piloting and implementing LMI applications into practice with counselling professionals.
The presentation was well received, and interest was shown from additional PES in joining the project at this stage and to work together on a sustainability strategy.
Slides will be posted soon.
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"
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_
Registration is already open!
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.