A CROSS-INSTITUTIONAL LEARNING FRAMEWORK FOR ENERGY CPD: MEGS-KT (£71, 000) Dr Andrea Wheeler, Dr Paul Rowley An Innovative Knowledge Platform for Business and Community EngagementA co-developed service model for online continuing professional development in the energy sector
CONTEXT Jisc Business Community Engagement Programme AIMS• Universities and colleges are expected to share knowledge for the benefit of society; business & community engagement (BCE) is now recognised as their „third mission‟ alongside teaching and research. The JISC Business and Community Engagement (BCE) programme supports UK institutions in their strategic management of relationships with partners and clients external to the institution and of the associated services.• This programme facilitates synergies between strategies, processes and systems in institutions to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of institutional BCE and improve external access to institutional knowledge and expertise.Briefing paper:http://www.jisc.ac.uk/media/documents/publications/briefingpaper/2012/BCEpartnerships/bcepartnerships.pdf
Jisc Business Community EngagementOpen Innovation/ Access To Resources (OIA2R) Programmes…current debate seems to focus on the dissemination of research issues and doesnot seem to include the active collaboration between institutions and the users ofknowledge – or indeed the bi-directional flow of knowledge – or much recognition ofthe infrastructure, specific skills and cultural changes needed to underpin this.Achieving the Government’s objective to make the UK ‘the best place in theworld for university-business collaboration’ will require these keyunderpinnings. It is one thing making knowledge available, quite anothercreating value and innovation opportunities – our OIA2R are at the vanguard ofwork which focuses on the latter (without ignoring the larger access issues).Simon Whittemore OIA2R Programme Manager Jisc
The OIA2R Projects• A2R Aberystwyth University• A2R Loughborough University: A CROSS-INSTITUTIONAL LEARNING FRAMEWORK FOR ENERGY CPD• A2R Manchester Metropolitan University• A2R The University of Nottingham• A2R University of Essex (and Glasgow)• A2R York St. John• OI Coventry University• OI Liverpool John Moores University• OI The University of Manchester• OI University of Hull• OI University of the Creative Arts
Our Problem• The energy sector is lacking a relevant, up-to-date, well delivered and desirable Continued Professional Development opportunities.
Collaborators – working with an existing community Midlands Energy Graduate School (MEGS) a collaboration of Loughborough University, The University ofNottingham and the University of Birmingham, which includes the energy community, local SME‟s and entrepreneurs .
Project aims• To address a skills shortage in the renewable energy sector – the energy education need and demand within the SME community• To exploit an active collaboration between institutions – Loughborough University, The University of Nottingham and Birmingham University (through the Midlands Energy Graduate School) and users (in the form of the existing MEGS SME community).• Develop an exemplar for an e-learning environment as an opportunity for innovative collaboration SMEs with the HEI sector which includes a bi-directional flow of knowledge.• To meet business development needs an support the growth of low carbon communities. To contribute to the LEP strategy building economically, environmental and socially sustainable communities by providing business opportunities for industry, local SMEs and entrepreneurs.
The right project team• Through existing multi- agency partnerships the Midlands Energy Graduate School (MEGS) and the Midlands Energy Consortium (MEC) can leverage existing research, training expertise and the target partner employer community in co-development of an online service.• Loughborough University as lead partners is committed to the proposed project. The Strategic Plan supports business and community engagement: ‘…working with industry to deliver flexible educational provision meeting needs of employers and employees‟.• Centre for Engineering and Design Education (CEDE) many years expertise in the development of technical solutions for the delivery and support of innovative teaching and learning.• The School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering and the CREST group will provide the academic support and direction to the project.
The Bigger Team - Building the MEGS-KTcommunity – the Jisc, the fellows and SMEsteamSME community (40 participants over 4 workshops)Fellows: Robin Nicholson (Award Winning Architect, ex- VicePresident RIBA), Parity Projects (Award Winning SME), Institute forSustainability (Training Centre), John Davis (Green DealAssessor), Saucy Horse (Social Networking Business Champion). Nextsemester: Further lectures.PhD students/Researchers (Loughborough University, NottinghamUniversity)
Deliverables• A leading-edge demonstrator service model and a collaborative knowledge service for CPD for the energy sector target employer community.• Effectively meeting need and demand with user-driven, user- developed and user-tested content harnessing web 2.0 technologies and socially driven content.• Good practice guidelines for the delivery of such online educational services in HE, contributing to JISC objectives.
Original endorsements – Value to theCommunity.“The interaction and learning from the cross-institutional consortiumwill build on current work…” Jenny Cooper, National Grid“The ability to access tailored knowledge and training from threeleading Universities in the field will be invaluable and represents aunique opportunity…” Duncan Child, E.On.
Thanks again for another great evening. Can you direct me to the webpage where we can download the lectures.Carl Benfield BEng (Hons) MSc CEng MIMechE MioDManaging Director, Prescient Power Ltd
METHODCollaborative co-design and community of practice• Building on existing JISC research which recommends tailored relevant and mediated access to resources and networks of expertise.• Co-development and collaborative design, critically adopting Service Design to assess needs and utilising the MEGS and MEC existing collaboration and partnerships: E.on, National Grid, Local SMEs, entrepreneurs, local energy researchers and academics.• Using existing links with KT organisations (KTNs, I- Nets, BCC, Institutions...) to optimise dissemination.• Community of practice: visiting MEC fellows (academic and industrial), international fellows and interns to develop an academic and industry community to contribute to and evaluate content and delivery methods.
Participative platform for knowledge sharing including:• a mosaic of technologies;• a repository of Echo 360 seminars, laboratories, workshops and other materials;• a directory of expertise;• A variety in modes of engagement;• together with a public facing interface for future tailored CPD opportunities and open access e-learning materials.
Vision• A Leading-edge business opportunity helping inform, improve and sustain local businesses and entrepreneurs• New partnerships between Higher Education and industry, enhanced institutional capability with wide interest and application, and a service model which can be transferred to other institutions and sectors.• Ongoing industry impact far beyond the duration of the JISC funding component through the MEGS partnership
Barriers, limitations and the next stage Current problem with programme• Loss of IT developer 0.5 FTE over 12 months (only 3 months completed by Mandy King)• Request for steering committee support to achieve project objectives over the next 3 months, and to approve proposed plan.
Where we are now? PROGRAMMEWORKPACKAGES 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 March April May June July August Sept Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb1: Work Package 1 will deliver Done an assessment of teaching and learning needs across the energy-sector2: Work Package 2 will identify Done the key knowledge domains and any gaps within these especially with regards to PGTs and professional CPD needs of the key target groups3: Work Package 3 will consist Wireframe of the development of a outlines created service demonstrator (the (3 months IT framework): enhanced development) utilisation of existing Review of technology linked to new existing IT. services provide a vision for Saucy Horse the growth LinkedIn community.4: Work Package 4. This stage Planning for the will test the self-regulatory co-development/ community of practices assessment being established and will with the comprise iterative community. evaluation and impact assessment.
What we need? Proposed solution• Working service demonstrator, to pilot with the growing community (January to March). Engagement on IT support /temporary support full-time January to March (one month project extension).• There are some templates and ground work has been done for the structure of the resource (although how much work would be involved in turning this into a platform could be as long as a piece of string) Simple is often better, so it may not be as big a hurdle as might be envisaged.• Academic collaboration to aid assessment of the service demonstrator: business, energy, informatics.
Where are we? Work Packages 1 and 2completed• √ Stakeholder analysis adopting Jisc tools (report).• √ Bristol Online Survey, work shadowing, interviews of representative group of companies (report)• √ Review of networking and knowledge finding practices (report)• √ Construct a visual representation that describes the social nature of the SME community (see List of Lists and Diagram).• √ Appropriate representative community (LinkedIn Group).• √ Encourage active engagement of community (workshops carried out).• √ Set up workshops, capture lectures (see flyer).• √ Explore and evaluate the potential of specific social network-based facilities and the role of networks in knowledge identification and transfer within the SME community. Building upon the stakeholder analysis construct a structural diagram that describes the nature of the SME community, their KT drivers and organisational/individual imperatives for KT/CPD (see report, List of Lists and Diagram)• √ Identify knowledge domains (see report)
Where are we? Work Packages 3 and 4to be completed• √ Using existing and newly developed MEGS KT resources in a use-case scenario [user-profiles created – see report], develop a meta-data descriptor set that maps specific knowledge objects onto the SME taxonomy.Use Case Senarios/ Profiles• Meta-data description set maps specific knowledge objects onto the SME taxonomy.• Using existing plug-ins, create a prototype search protocol and functional search engine.• Evaluation
Workshops/Lectures• Robin Nicholson is an architect and has worked closely with Government and policy makers heading Think Tanks about sustainable buildings and urban infrastructure. He will be exploring the barriers to business growth from an urban and policy perspective.• Russell Smith will be telling his story about setting up his own award winning company in this field and why he had to take the approach he did to meet the needs of householders.• Terry McGiven will be talking about innovative training opportunities he has set up with European Commission funds for companies in London at the Institute for Sustainability• John Davis a highly inspirational speaker will be talking about the Green Deal.
Each of the speakers represents a factoridentified in the research, which aims both touncover the barriers to the growth of thesecompanies and to provide a training solution.
Original CPD Materials - Video Captures•• http://www.slideshare.net/AndreaWheeler1/terry-mcgivern- megskt-lecture-14th-november-2012•• http://www.slideshare.net/AndreaWheeler1/robin-nicholson- evening-lecture-for-the-megskt-project•• http://review.lboro.ac.uk:8080/ess/echo/presentation/d86ae94 0-c035-437e-bf97-bba155074f43•• http://review.lboro.ac.uk:8080/ess/echo/presentation/ee20f7c1 -7e77-47b3-af35-c9969a7bc6b6•
Other InsightsSMEs do not have defined roles like larger companies.SMEs have little time to research and improve their businessesNo-one understands the Green Deal (May 2012)?SMEs cannot communicate well their needs, when asked.In the current climate there is a lack of work/ of projects (architects lackprojects, construction companies lack projects).Bureaucratic methods for getting accredited discouragespeoples/companies from accreditation (subsequent lack of jobs, loss oftenders).Many people are interested in the DIY section of the sector.The construction industry is poor in terms of QA.With the Green Deal approaching there is a need for up-skilling the retro-fitindustry.Low carbon and renewable energy technologies need to be marketed tothe average client.
Summary Barriers and Limitations• Hard to engage SMEs• Professional bodies/networks limiting access to SMEs by “outsiders”.• Concerns about sharing commercial information from SMEs – “I prefer not to say”
List of lists (Taxonomies) ROLES ACTIVITY* INFORMATIO BUSINESS (self- (interviews and N SOURCES (cited in NEED (Knowledge identification) questionnaire responses interview and transfer drivers) demonstrated the questionnaire) industry to be fluid in roles and identifying activities may reflect better the characteristics of the sectors) Client advisor Research Green Deal Communicatio -consultant Writing Government n skills -low carbon Business statistics Finding consultant strategy/strategic thinking DECC funding -researcher Direct marketing People in Support for -unpaid Administration Glazing business innovation consultant Organisational Sustainable Finding -lobby group tasks INet resources for R&D -Fire consultant Innovation Derby County More business -Health and Business Council opportunities Safety engineer development Universities Technical -Architect Building Derby Carbon knowledge --Design manager relationships/networking Initiative Policy --Project Interpersonal Fabricators/ knowledge manager communication manufacturers QA training Trainer Client advise Personal for installers -facilitator (consultant) library Finding Designer Technical Building work/new projects - interface (architect) online Finding new Fabricator/Manufacturer Integration of RIBA- projects abroad Supplier client advice (architect) www.architecture.com Winning new Wholesaler Training Google/Wikip business on the right Client edia commercial terms Homemaker Teaching Building Allotting Contractor Researching magicians enough time to new Tradesmen Grant writing/ NHBC business ventures Electrican Tender foundation Don’t know Apprentice preparation www.edjcdat what is needed Installer abase.com Attracting Manager International skilled workforce Director energy agency Knowing how -Entrepreneur EDUCATE to meet LEED and Ashrae.org Breem compliance CIBSE levels Energy plus To have a SAP textbooks variety of projects How to identify projects that will bring the most and those that will bring the least financial benefits How to deal with the recession More information on the Green Deal Jobs Marketing to clients
Significant achievements• Positive support from academics, professionals, other initiatives (Institute for Sustainability) to work with the project toward the long term sustainability of MEGS-KT.• Engagement with key figures working in the field identified as “catalytic” individuals for the community.
Sustainability and Transferability• Links to the Institute for Sustainability FLASH programme and other new initiatives collaborating in funding (with Loughborough University Enterprise Office and Local Authorities) to develop the long-term potential of MEGS-KT.