Tools for participative development & evaluation as support for workplace learning Pekka Kämäräinen & Ludger Deitmer Institut Technik & Bildung (ITB) University of Bremen Presentation at the Conference „ Crossing the Boundaries“ Kostelec, 14-15 October 2010 www.trainersineurope.org
Current working issues for the development of workplace learning in the German dual system:
Heritage of innovation programmes: Local adaptation of new curriculum concepts – not always a success story!
Cooperation between learning venues: Curriculum reforms with reduced school budgets and parallel cost-cutting within in-company training?
Implications for workplace training: Cost-cutting in training centres and shift to training in real work situations (large companies; contrastive tendencies with small companies)!
The role of final examinations: Open issue, whether to use simulation-based learning systems or real working tasks ?
Tools for participative development of workplace training 1(2)
Outline of tools to support participative development and evaluation of workplace learning
(Self-)assessment of competences : Insights into apprentices' prior learning achievements;
=> In-company training plan: based on characteristic working and learning tasks (WLT);
Apprentices’ personal learning plans : cover personal interests (the learner’s perspective) and organisational requirements (the company perspective): the synthesis is a company-specific professional development plan
=> Formative evaluation and empowerment tools (e.g. the SEVALAG Tool)
Learning in a company and with the help of working and learning tasks (WLT)?
Learning in a company :
Combination of working and learning in real life
Specific links between business processes, normal work flow and learning opportunities
Core tasks to be learned for a specific occupational training profile
Learning via WLTs:
Meaningful and result-oriented tasks
Contributing to perfor-mance of production or service teams,
Mastering new work activities and responding to quality requirements.
Tools for participative development of workplace training 2(2)
Specifying working & learning tasks 1(2) Preliminary analyses …
Checklist for trainers :
What industry/ trade/ service is to be analysed? (e.g. hotel, travel agency, event management service etc.).
What can be considered as central corporate work tasks in the light of the business plan of the company or organisation?
What are typical work processes or business processes (e.g. reception, catering, caretaking…)
What are more specific work processes and typical work methods to be applied (e.g. telephoning, advising, explaining, consulting, cleaning, preparing etc.)
Requirements for employees (telephonist; receptionists; room service; technical house care)