Critical friend meeting megs kt 07th feb


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Critical friend meeting megs kt 07th feb

  1. 1. A CROSS-INSTITUTIONAL LEARNING FRAMEWORK FOR ENERGY CPD: MEGS-KT (£71, 000) Dr Andrea Wheeler, Dr Paul Rowley, Martin Hamilton An Innovative Knowledge Platform for Business and Community EngagementA co-developed service model for online continuing professional development in the energy sector
  2. 2. Our Problem• To create relevant, up-to-date, well delivered and desirable Continued Professional Development opportunities to SMEs in the Renewable Energy Sector.
  3. 3. Barriers, limitations and the next stage• Loss of IT developer 0.5 FTE over 12 months (only 3 months completed by Mandy King)• December 2012. Request for steering committee support to achieve project objectives over the next 3 months, and to approve proposed plan (extension to project not yet requested from JISC).
  4. 4. Building the MEGS-KT community – the Jisc, thefellows (the catalytic individuals) and SMEs teamSME community (50 participants over 7 workshops (9 speakers))Fellows: Robin Nicholson (Award Winning Architect, ex- Vice PresidentRIBA), Parity Projects (Award Winning SME), Institute for Sustainability(Training Centre), John Davis (Green Deal Assessor), Saucy Horse (SocialNetworking Business Champion). Carl Benfield (Prescient Energy y [Solar andWind]), Keyur Vadodaria (Researcher/ Architect), Richard Cartright (Engineer,RDC Energy Ltd, [Heat Pumps]) Jonathan Gilbert (Rapid Technology TransferGroup [Innovative Technologies]) Tracy Thomas (Saucy Horse, Social MediaMarketing)PhD students/Researchers (Loughborough University, NottinghamUniversity) Enrique Centelles, Kate Simpson, Sergey Fomin, Paula Cosar,Becky Gough, Philip Leicester, Sven HallinAcademics: Professor Jacqui Glass, Dr Paul Rowley, Dr Steven Firth
  5. 5. Fellows Lecture Series17/10/2012 Robin Nicholson, Edward Cullinan Architects24/10/2012 Russell Smith, Parity Projects14/11/2012 Terry McGivern, The Institute forSustainability and the Flash Programme05/12/2012 John Davis, Domestic Green Deal Assessor16/01/2012 Carl Benfield, Prescient Power30/01/2012 Keyur Vadodaria, Researcher, CALEBREproject20/02/2012 Rich Cartwright, RDC Energy , JonathanGilbert, The Rapid technology Transfer Group, and TracyThomasTo ensure the sustainability of the project CEDE has agreed to fund thecontinued development of the community and engagement with the prototypethrough monthly evening lectures.
  6. 6. Building a Community of Practice andCatalytic Individuals (Fellows) in socialnetworked world? 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.
  7. 7. Catalytic Individuals and Our Social MediaFellow
  8. 8. LinkedIn Community (50+ additionalmembers in the East Midlands)
  9. 9. Twitter Group 920 Followers
  10. 10. 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.
  11. 11. Programme and Development Processes• WORK PACKAGE 1 The research programme: Building the community and evaluating business and development needs• WORK PACKAGE 2 Co-design• WORK PACKAGE 3 Development• WORK PACKAGE 4 Evaluation
  12. 12. Taxonomy and Folksonomy:Questionnaires, Interviews andEthnographic Research
  13. 13. Bristol Online Survey (targeted SMEgroup East Midlands)• What would you say are the main difficulties to overcome in your role at the present time?• What are the most important work related questions in your mind right now?• What information are you lacking to support your business growth?
  14. 14. Primary research• 10 paper filled questionnaire• 18 online surveys• 16 transcribed interviews• 1 work shadow day (excellent data but too time consuming)• 3 planned “co-design” workshops• Linked in group (50 + relevant members)• Twitter (900 = followers)
  15. 15. Pie charts and posters (research for theengineers and research dissemination)
  16. 16. Midlands Energy Graduate School, XmasConference 2012
  17. 17. Insights from questionnaires lack therichness of the dialogue at fellows lecturesSMEs 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.
  18. 18. Barriers and Limitations• Hard to engage SMEs (as a “stranger” to them)• Professional bodies/networks limiting access to SMEs by “outsiders” (difficult to send out questionnaire via professional bodies)• Concerns about sharing commercial information from SMEs – “I prefer not to say”• SMEs don’t know what their knowledge needs are (they don’t know what they don’t know)
  19. 19. Mapping the sector (members andpotential members of the community)
  20. 20. ROLES ACTIVITY* INFORMATION BUSINESS NEED (self-identification) (interviews and SOURCES (cited in interview (Knowledge transfer drivers) questionnaire responses and questionnaire)The taxonomy: “ a list demonstrated the industry to be fluid in roles and identifying activities may reflect better the characteristics of the sectors)of lists” (and it Client advisor -consultant -low carbon consultant -researcher -unpaid consultant -lobby group thinking Research Writing Business strategy/strategic Direct marketing Administration Green Deal Government statistics DECC People in Glazing Sustainable INet Derby County Council innovation R&D Communication skills Finding funding Support for business Finding resources for -Fire consultant Organisational tasks Universities More businesschanges with the engineer -Health and Safety -Architect --Design manager --Project manager Trainer Innovation Business development Building relationships/networking Interpersonal communication Initiative manufacturers Derby Carbon Fabricators/ Personal library Building online opportunities installers Technical knowledge Policy knowledge QA training for Finding work/new -facilitator Client advise (consultant) RIBA- projectsdevelopment of the Designer Technical interface Finding new projects -Fabricator/Manufacturer (architect) Google/Wikipedia abroad Supplier Integration of client advice Building magicians Winning new business Wholesaler (architect) NHBC foundation on the right commercial terms Client Training Allotting enough time Homemaker m to new business ventures Contractor Teaching International energy Don’t know what iscommunity) hence Tradesmen Researching agency needed Electrican Grant writing/ EDUCATE Attracting skilled Apprentice Tender preparation workforce Installer CIBSE Knowing how to meet Manager Energy plus LEED and Breem compliance Director SAP textbooks levels -Entrepreneur To have a variety ofthe folksonomy is an 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 onintegral function for the Green Deal Jobs Marketing to clientsthe IT development
  21. 21. Programme and Development Processes• WORK PACKAGE 1 Building the community and evaluating business and development needs.• WORK PACKAGE 2 Co-design, refining needs and building the specification.• WORK PACKAGE 3 Development• WORK PACKAGE 4 Evaluation
  22. 22. Fellows Lecture Series + Co-designworkshops ahead of fellows lectures(blogged)
  23. 23. SpecificationOriginal specification from Refined specificationprogramme documenta mosaic of technologiesa repository of Echo 360 seminars,laboratories, workshops and othermaterials;a directory of expertise;A variety in modes of engagement;together with a public facing interfacefor future tailored CPD opportunities andopen access e-learning materials.user-profiles created and a meta-datadescriptor set that maps specificknowledge objects onto the SMEtaxonomy.
  24. 24. Programme and Development Processes• WORK PACKAGE 1 Building the community and evaluating business and development needs.• WORK PACKAGE 2 Co-design, refining needs and building the specification.• WORK PACKAGE 3 Development• WORK PACKAGE 4 Evaluation
  25. 25. What we need?• Working service demonstrator, to pilot with the growing community (February 20th).• Academic collaboration to aid assessment of the service demonstrator: business, energy, informatics (learner analytic work being carried out to data mine the LEARN resources)
  26. 26. IT development (where we are at)
  27. 27. Significant achievements• Positive support from professionals (which has influenced the transferability strategy i.e. Institute for Sustainability) to work with the project toward the sustainability of MEGS-KT. Engagement with eminent figures working in the field identified as “catalytic” individuals for the community.• Community involvement and participation in the development of the “platform” as evidenced by over 60 different individuals representing over 25 difference companies in 6 community events, 150 LinkedIn members and 500 twitter followers.• The need to establish a “green economy” to support SMEs working in this area has emerged from workshops with the community [please see Blog post about the conversations of John Davis on the Green Deal and community charities set up to provide the funds and Carl Benfield proposing more community energy schemes as private investment opportunities]. The platform provides a specific area for the promotion of these innovative ideas and it is a functionality that has been well received.• [1] Community members have proposed research projects initiated by the University to pilot community energy project (Mo Kelly, Sassie driving the idea). [2] The Institute for Sustainability have also proposed linking with their training initiatives)
  28. 28. What we need? Current question• One month extension for the purposes of concluding reporting and for evaluation (one month project extension)?• 20th January “launch date” (to the community)
  29. 29. Transferability and Sustainability• 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.• Initiative being developed with 3 members of the fellows community to make an business case to trial a community energy project in a deprived area of Nottingham.• Megs support for the platform – proposed idea to cede the site with content from “fellows” and the community over 6 months (with a financial incentive) and to continue the lecture series post project.