A flight from Gatwick to Innsbruck, and my first 3 day EU partner meeting. Preparation included reading the Work Packages (WP) and DOW – the ‘Deliverables’ – this specifies exactly what each partner has agreed to do, and there is an annual report that goes into the EU. Main issue for me – understanding our own WP2 (Networked Scaffolding-Interacting with people), and then also relating work here to the other 7! I found the presentations around regional managed clusters (http://www.clustercollaboration.eu/cluster-definitions) and the work with SMEs particularly interesting; listening to an amazing talk about the proposed ‘Social Semantic Server’ that will revolutionise the way in which people link with data – it will link people with other people, data with people and data with data and then found out more about the different types of tools being developed within other packages. Our own package is starting with healthcare, and our tool is a ‘Help Seeking’ development – and I hope to be involved with some of the early workshops introducing the ideas to health professionals.
Communication takes place in a myriad of ways – shared documents for working on are hosted on wiki, googledrive is used for sharing live documents and storing, Skype is common, as well as emails to different ‘groupings’ around the various projects thematic interests. Online Flash meetings take place most days on a variety of topics,
The project ‘website’ is actually a wiki, and so enables the sharing and uploading of documents – many are available to the public ie anyone can read, others, mainly work-in-progress are stored behind the passport. The Learning Layers first year report is available for public scrutiny, and was really upfront and honest. Four reviewers (called experts) commented on the report, and supplied very comprehensive and detailed feedback to each work package as well as making more overarching recommendations for the whole project. Each EU project has a scientific coordinator, who has put together the bid and manages the workstream processes; this time a key focus was to set in place a robust response to the experts comments, including a theory workshop to draw the underpinning approaches used by the partners closer together.
So: the project workpackages:
Workplace learning; networked scaffolding; creating and maturing instructional materials; digital enhanced artefacts; social semantic network; architecture and integration; implementation in Regional Clusters; dissemination exploitation and training