In building heavily on existing research on situated and contextualised learning, Learning Layers provide a meaningful learning context when people interact with people, digital and physical artefacts for their informal learning. This is because Learning Layers provide a shared conceptual foundation independent of the exact tools people use. Because they can flexibly be switched on and off, Learning Layers allow modular and flexible views on the abundance of existing resources in learning interactions. These views both restrict the perspective on the abundant opportunities and augment the learning experience through scaffolding support. This is how they provide scaffolds for meaningful learning both in and across digital and physical interaction.
Approach for scaling informal learning
At the same time, Learning Layers invite social contribution processes for peer production because they provide views on existing digital resources and make it easy to capture and share physical interactions. Peer production then becomes a way to establish new and complementary views on existing materials and interactions. Three Interaction Layers focus on interaction with three types of entities involved in informal learning:
- a layer that invites informal interactions with people across enterprises in the cluster, scaffolds workplace learning by drawing on networks of learners and keeps these interactions persistent so that they can be used in other contexts by other persons,
- a layer that supports creation, maturing and interaction with learning materials as boundary objects and guides this processes by tracking the quality and suitability of these materials for learning, and
- a layer that situates and scaffolds learning support into their physical workplace and captures people’s interactions with physical artefacts inviting them to share their experiences with them.
All three interaction layers draw on a common Social Semantic Layer that ensures learning is embedded in a meaningful context. This layer captures and emerges the shared understanding in the community of learners by supporting the negotiation of meaning. To achieve this, the social semantic layer captures a number of models and lets the community evolve these models in a social negotiation process.