Sabbatical – reflections on an EU Project


I was invited to the BRILLE (Bristol Centre for Research in Lifelong Learning and Education) by Professor John Cook to hear mobile technology experts talk about different aspects of their work. I also shadowed the London Mobile Network meeting ( and met interesting people who research in my field. Old friend Yishay Moray (mobile learning), Carl Smith (augmented reality ) and I met Dr Patricia Santos- Rodriguez, the key LearningLayers researcher, and it was great to catch up. I was also invited to be on the international  MOBIFEST 2014 review panel, and this will give me experience of reviewing high quality conference proposals from international experts.

Week 1

Delighted that this semester I have secured a sabbatical to find out about how EU Projects work. I have invited to be a ‘Visiting Research Fellow’ at the University of West of England, based in their Department of Education, and to work with Professor John Cook and Dr Patricia Santos on the EU Learning Layers Project. A really busy first semester  working on our own REF submission at ARU meant very little time to read up prior to the start of the sabbatical, and so this is week 1 and I am reading all kinds of documents. My first partner meeting is next week in Innsbruck, where I will meet the other partners, and find out more about the different WorkPackages (WP). So, blog readers (and hopefully contributors), you will first want to know what Learning Layers is about:

About Learning Layers:

In the Learning Layers Project, we develop technologies that support informal learning in the workplace. Our particularly focus is on Small and Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs) within Regional Innovation Clusters. We develop mobile and social technologies that unlock and enable peer production within and across those SMEs. The technologies also act as “scaffolds” for the individuals so that they can learn in the right context and at the right time. Scaling informal learning then means that shared meaning of work practices emerges at the individual (workers and practitioners), the organisational (SMEs) and the interorganizational (Cluster) level of the network. We take a design research perspective and build open technologies so others can build on our results. For this reason, we have created an Open Design Library to involve stakeholders interested in our design ideas, and an Open Developer Library through which we showcase our prototypes and involve developers interested in our work.

Read more about our project objectives and strategies, and check out the latest posts related to our two pilot regions:

The Health Care cluster

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