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Exploring Motivational Aspects for Technology-Enhanced Informal Learning in the Construction Sector

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Presentation on the results of an exploratory study of the Learning Layers projects as part of the MATEL 2013 workshop on Motivational & Affective Aspects in Technology Enhanced Learning at ECTEL 2013

Presentation on the results of an exploratory study of the Learning Layers projects as part of the MATEL 2013 workshop on Motivational & Affective Aspects in Technology Enhanced Learning at ECTEL 2013

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  • 1. Exploring Motivational Aspects for Technology-Enhanced Informal Learning in the Construction Sector MATEL Workshop 2013, Paphos, Cyprus Christine Kunzmann, Patrik Rieker, Andreas Schmidt
  • 2. http://spironto.de 2Sep 2013 Starting point  Learning Layers: How can we support informal learning in job areas such as the construction sector where  Work practice is less computerized  The physical environment is a dominating factor and major constraint
  • 3. Study  Exploratory study with 8 interviews in the construction sector in the southwest of Germany from various backgrounds  Carpenter  systems mechanic  electrician (Meister)  medical technology electrician (Meister)  kitchen specialist  self-employed all-rounder specialized on old-houses refurbishing  construction engineer  Semi-structured interviews between 22 and 57 minutes  Analyzed using qualitative content analysis (Mayring) http://spironto.de 3Sep 2013
  • 4. Results: Use of technologies http://spironto.de 4Sep 2013  Majority (6 out of 8) regularly use a smartphone  primarily for taking pictures  also messaging, emails, calendar (free services)  Internet search rarely used on site  Foremen and owners at their desk  Problems and barriers  Lack of connectivity  Features are not fully used (separate voice recorder!)  Purchasing and training costs  No sufficient reliability and anticipated dependency
  • 5. Results: Use of forums  Forums were not perceived very positive  Problem: Time  Search in forums is time consuming  No guarantee to receive a response within a short time frame  Problem: Quality  How to judge the reliability and quality?  General mistrust towards the information http://spironto.de 5Sep 2013
  • 6. Competition  Construction sector is characterized by a large number of small and medium-sized companies  Cross-company learning is an important perspective  Importance of competition as a factor has been very mixed  From a neglectable aspect (give and take situation)  To very prominent (particularly among the electricians)  General  The closer companies are, the more difficult  Closeness: same/adjacent trade, geographical focus http://spironto.de 6Sep 2013
  • 7. Hierarchies http://learning-layers.eu 7Sep 2013 Face to face Face to face/phone Mobile phone Mobile phone/email
  • 8. Attitudes towards technology  As expected  Young generation very inclined to use technology, usually owns and uses regularly a smartphone  Older generation less familiar  But:  More experienced craftsmen judge the usefulness of technology by observing the younger generation Lack of commitment and willingness to take over responsibility  Ubiquitous and better communication/research possibilities are outweighed by distractive use of phones Mobile phones disturbing face-to-face meetings  The benefits of using the internet are undisputed and realized  Privacy concerns: issue that hinders adoption (NSA!) http://learning-layers.eu 8Sep 2013
  • 9. Outlook  Cross-organization co-opetion aspects require deeper analysis  Scaffolding of using informal resources to overcome barriers in larger scale networks  Knowledge maturing indicators  Opinion vs. Information  The focus must be more on scaffolding the appropriation of technology than on technology features itself http://spironto.de 9Sep 2013
  • 10. Team  Christine Kunzmann Pontydysgu, UK kontakt@christine-kunzmann.de  Patrik Rieker Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences, Germany  Andreas P. Schmidt Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences, Germany andreas_peter.schmidt@hs-karlsruhe.de http://learning-layers.eu 10Sep 2013