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Integrating online learning into workplace information systems – Supporting the goal of lifelong learning

Integrating online learning into workplace information systems – Supporting the goal of lifelong learning

MacKinnon, Lachlan, Bacon, Liz, Hallan Graven, Olaf and Velvin, Jan (2017) Integrating online learning into workplace information systems – Supporting the goal of lifelong learning. In: Proceedings of the 15th LACCEI International Multi-Conference for Engineering, Education, and Technology: “Global Partnership for Development and Engineering Education”. LACCEI - Latin American and Caribbean Consortium of Engineering Institutions. ISBN 978-0999344309 ISSN 2414-6390 (doi:https://doi.org/10.18687/LACCEI2017.1.1.106)

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Abstract

The authors have a significant history of research in online learning, and in recent years have published their work at the LACCEI conference. This paper focuses on the issues caused by the major skills gaps in STEM industries identified in the popular press, and confirmed through empirical research, and the changes to the workforce occasioned by the growing tide of automation. Both of these issues have a similar result on the STEM workforce, in the need to upskill and reskill staff to be productive in the changed landscape brought about by these issues and the accelerating pace of change through technological development. Fundamentally, they argue that there is a need to change the existing model of workplace learning to integrate learning as an integral component of the workplace, rather than an activity that takes place separate from that workplace, often in a separate location. From their own previous research they have encountered both worker and employer resistance to such integration, but they argue the need for cultural and technological change, to enable greater efficiency and availability of appropriate learning resources directly related to workplace activities. By integrating learning environments and resources with the primary information systems in the workplace, and enabling ""drill-down"" capability to link specific working issues with relevant learning resources, staff efficiency can be improved, better solutions can be developed, and acquisition of skills and knowledge can be improved. The authors provide an example of a working solution, in the tourism domain, from the Tourism Monitor project, which provides both an exemplar and some practical lessons that are relevant to the STEM industries. The Tourism Monitor dashboard provides statistical information collected by the Norwegian government on a number of key tourism datasets, providing information to support the management of tourism services and service organisations. By linking it to an instance of the Sakai VLE, and through that to learning materials developed by the project partners and the local University College, staff development can run alongside the creation and management of tourism services. The authors suggest that a similar model could be used for workplace learning in STEM industries, referencing their own work on developing online learning for collaborative heavyweight processes, such as dCCD, as reported at LACCEI last year. The model developed is novel and built from a considerable body of prior research, and provides an answer to the research question “How could the model of workforce education be changed to ensure the supply of IT and engineering skills in the workforce keeps up with demand?”

Item Type: Conference Proceedings
Title of Proceedings: Proceedings of the 15th LACCEI International Multi-Conference for Engineering, Education, and Technology: “Global Partnership for Development and Engineering Education”
Additional Information: The 15th LACCEI International Multi-Conference for Engineering, Education, Caribbean Conference for Engineering and Technology, Boca Raton, Florida - USA, July 19 - 21 2017.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Online learning, Workplace learning, Lifelong learning, Integrated working and learning environments
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humanities
Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humanities > Department of Computing & Information Systems
Greenwich Research into Innovative Pedagogies (GRIP)
Last Modified: 18 Apr 2018 10:20
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/17575

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