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Connecting the designers and the users – Stories about healthcare workplace learning – new medication


This video is an example of how Layers is using technology to share initial reports from the fieldwork with the developers and researchers in the design teams. Leeds is undertaking explorative studies with 3 GP practices in the UK, spending time with their staff to understand how they currently learn at work. These videos were made to share early stories and observations from the fieldwork with the Layers developers/researchers to help them to get a richer feel for the healthcare working and learning context. Pseudonyms have been used in these stories; none of the GP practice staff or GP practice names referred to are real. In many cases the stories do not refer to one individual’s story, but to a pattern that the researchers have observed in several situations. This particular story focuses on learning prompted by the introduction of a new medication.

Connecting the designers and the users – Stories about healthcare workplace learning – time pressures


This video is an example of how Layers is using technology to share initial reports from the fieldwork with the developers and researchers in the design teams. Leeds is undertaking explorative studies with 3 GP practices in the UK, spending time with their staff to understand how they currently learn at work. These videos were made to share early stories and observations from the fieldwork with the Layers developers/researchers to help them to get a richer feel for the healthcare working and learning context. Pseudonyms have been used in these stories; none of the GP practice staff or GP practice names referred to are real. In many cases the stories do not refer to one individual’s story, but to a pattern that the researchers have observed in several situations. This particular story describes some issues connected to cascading of learning within teams and also identifies how time pressures lead healthcare staff to focus solely on the essential learning and personal interests or less critical learning is squeezed out.

Connecting the designers and the users – Stories about healthcare workplace learning 1


This video is an example of how Layers is using technology to share initial reports from the fieldwork with the developers and researchers in the design teams. Leeds is undertaking explorative studies with 3 GP practices in the UK, spending time with their staff to understand how they currently learn at work. These videos were made to share early stories and observations from the fieldwork with the Layers developers/researchers to help them to get a richer feel for the healthcare working and learning context. Pseudonyms have been used in these stories; none of the GP practice staff or GP practice names referred to are real. In many cases the stories do not refer to one individual’s story, but to a pattern that the researchers have observed in several situations. This particular story focuses on how a difficult case is shared and discussed with colleagues.

Learning Layers supports Workshop “ECSCW meets EC-TEL”

Date: 21 September 2013
Location: Paphos (Cyprus) collocated with EC-TEL 2013 and ECSCW 2013
Web: http://know-center.tugraz.at/ectel-meets-ecscw-2013

This workshop explores the potential of collaborative technologies that are embedded in workplaces and practices, and which contribute to and help to scale learning on the individual, group or organisational levels. This includes particularly learning in informal, dynamic and naturalistic settings where learning often is a by-product of work.

How can we make work in construction trendy?

For some reason the construction industry is not a sexy research area. Motor cars, yes, machine tools, yes, the computer industry, yes, yes, yes. But poor old construction, boring. Yet in economic terms, construction could be seen as the most important sector in Europe.

Our initial research under the Learning Layers project reveals some interesting contradictions. The construction industry is probably the biggest victim of the present recession. Even the neo liberal UK government is now taking actions to stimulate house building – through the partial nationalisation of mortgage debts. Probably an emphasis on infrastructure projects or on social housing would have had a bigger impact and would have avoided the risk of another house price bubble. But the fact they are doing anything at all shows the problem.

But whilst the recession has badly hit profitability and employment another concern has arisen in our interviews with construction companies. Managers Continue reading

Learning Layers: supporting the emergence of innovation clusters

My colleague Pekka from the University of Bremen has posted a series of useful reports on this site about the Application Partner Days, held as part of the Learning Layers project, funded by the European Commission IST programme.

Learning layers is aiming to increase the use of technology for learning in Small and Medium Enterprises in Europe, particularly through the use of mobile devices for informal learning in two ‘industry clusters, in the north German construction industry and in the medical sector in north east England.

Obviously such a project faces a number of challenges, given the slow take up of technology enhanced learning in SMEs. The Application Partner Days are designed to bring developers and researchers together with potential end users in organisations in the two sectors. And prior to the Application partner Days in north Germany, we also spent two days visiting companies and organisations in the Continue reading

Kick-Off in Barcelona

The kick-off of the Learning Layers project has taken place from the 7th to the 9th of November in Barcelona this year. Quite a large crowd was gathered during these three days, and the nice weather and warm temperatures (at least compared to Estonian November) ensured a positive atmosphere. Over 30 persons represented all 17 project partners in Barcelona. While it is a challenge to manage such a project, a great plus is that most partners have already worked together in the past, such as within the MATURE project that has come to a successful end this year.

What was particularly reassuring was the high motivation and great initiative of the two application clusters. The medical cluster was represented by the Leeds Institute of Medical Education at Leeds University and NHS Airedale, Bradford & Leeds that commissions a wide range of Health Services in the UK. The building and construction cluster was represented by Institut Technik und Bildung at the University of Bremen, Bau-ABC Rostrup, a regional training center for the building and construction industry, and Netzwerk Nachhaltiges Bauen, a Northern German network for sustainable building.

The first tasks were started, including gathering existing materials from the two clusters and preparing several site visits. Also, we started work on an integrated scaffolding model which should provide the conceptual basis as well as the glue between the different work packages.

Oh … and we have a new logo!

Learning Layers Logo

Pontydysgu – Bridge to Learning » Learning Layers 2012-11-16 18:04:14

The Working & Learning blog is now actively contributing to the start of the Learning Layers project (EU FP7). In the forthcoming posts there will be insights into the Learning Layers projects and into the tasks we (ITB and other partners) are carrying out to support workplace learning, work processes and professional development with the help of web applications, services and learning technologies.

However, in order to get new insights there is also a need to look back what has been achieved with prior (European and country-specific) knowledge development. So, there is a need to keep lessons from the past in picture while looking for new findings. Let us see what we find while we are working and learning in the new project …