Being in Bremen!


I have spent the last four days at the EU LearningLayers, hosted by Bau ABC, a technical training college specialising I the building trades. A very different model to the UK, in that the training is completely embedded within the workplace, and funded by large employers paying a ‘training levy’. In the first year apprentices ‘live’ in at the colleges for 12 weeks, then 6 weeks in year 2 and then specialist weeks in year 3.

For advanced training

For advanced training

Thanks to Melanie Campbell for an amazing tour. We also had a BBQ and watched the German football match with the apprentices – a fun evening for all!

Pekka Kamarainen, an wonderful EU colleague and linguist in 17 languages! Explains here what the aims of the Bremen meeting are:usingheavyequipment

http://www.pontydysgu.org/2014/06/learning-layers-goes-to-bau-abc-rostrup-part-4-how-are-we-trying-to-develop-our-work-further/

and post meeting has written an overview of the day 2 learning café conversations here:

http://www.pontydysgu.org/2014/06/what-has-learning-layers-experienced-in-bau-abc-part-2-workshops-to-create-medium-term-roadmaps-in-topic-tables

I really enjoyed facilitating the workshop about new partners and scaling, with @grahamattwell; the consortium are starting to gear up for the middle-to-long-term, and the tools are being embedded in very different ways and contexts.

myworkshop4The Help-Seeking tool project I am working on has its third co-design workshop in September, looking forward to keeping up with this tool, even when I get back to the ‘day job’. Scaling of technology is really complex, and the Layers project is starting to unpack some of the key issues.  I am working with colleagues to produce a ‘Diffusion of Innovation’ internal report , and this will feed into our ALT-C conference talk : “Bridging the ‘missing middle’: a design based approach to scaling” ALT information available www.alt.ac.uk. In the meantime I need to prepare my return to my ‘day’ job…

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