A CROSS-INSTITUTIONAL LEARNING FRAMEWORK FOR ENERGY CPD: MEGS-KTGREEN ENERGY HEROES Dr Andrea Wheeler, Dr Paul Rowley, Martin Hamilton An Innovative Knowledge Platform for Business and Community Engagement A co-developed service model for online continuing professional development in the energy sector
OUTLINE• Context• Problem.• Method• Solution is: the development method and the “demonstrator”.• Benefits
Jisc Business Community Engagement (BCE) Programme AIMS • To enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of institutional BCE and improve external access to institutional knowledge and expertise • To contribute to making the UK ‘the best place in the world for university-business collaboration’
MEGS CONTEXT• The need to support the growth of a low carbon local economy.• The skills and training for local SMEs to make it happen.
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 .
The ProblemHow to develop a relevant, up-to-date desirable platform for “CFD”opportunities, opening up Universityresources and allowing SMEs toshare their knowledge.
Questionnaires and Interviews (andEthnographic 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
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?
Barriers and limitations to this sort ofprimary research• Hard to engage SMEs• SMEs don’t know what their knowledge needs are (they don’t know what they don’t know)• 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”
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 [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, ZulfikarAdamu
Potential benefits• 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 a demonstrator 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 and a green economy. To contribute to the LEP strategy building economically, environmental and socially sustainable communities by providing business opportunities for industry, local SMEs and entrepreneurs.
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.
Mapping the sector (members andpotential members of the community)
Catalytic Individuals and Our Social MediaFellow Tracy Thomas
LinkedIn Community (50+ additionalmembers in the East Midlands)
Fellows Lecture Series + Co-designworkshops ahead of fellows lectures
Blogs feeding University website, twitterretweeted on University accounts
Planned Dissemination• Hamilton, Martin (2013) "Learning Analytics for Green Energy Heroes" JISC Cetis Conference 2013.• Wheeler, Andrea (2013) “MEGS-KT : Building a Community for Social Networking and Information Exchange” EDULEARN: 5th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies 1st – 3rd July Barcelona (forthcoming).• Wheeler, Andrea (2013) “MEGS-KT : Social Networking and Information Exchange for the Renewable Energy SME Community in the Midlands” Engineering Education for Sustainable Development (EESD2013) University of Cambridge, September 2013 (forthcoming)
What we need?• We have established a community of academics, researchers, local individuals and SMEs keen to develop proposals and pilot project testing community energy projects.• Provided physical opportunity for community meetings around renewable energy and interest in community energy projects.• We have a service demonstrator which will sustain this community and it’s thirst for knowledge (and a sustainability plan).
Sustainability• Fellow – Tracy Thomas will continue to maintain LinkedIn group and twitter feed.• Lecture series post project to continue with the support of CEDE (responding to the demand) as part of the outreach activities of CEDE.• IT services Loughborough University to continue to host and provide technical support for the platform in the case of technical difficulties.
The Community Views• http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xx602KnOiFM
The Community Views• http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jPL8I8B6374
Benefits to others• Initiated collaborative projects – students/ young academics linked with SMEs• Proposals put forward for community energy projects.
FURTHER DEVELOPMENT OF THE DEMONSTRATORAutomated functions v. community building and communities of practice? (extending the community)
The taxonomy: “ a list of lists” ROLES ACTIVITY* INFORMATION BUSINESS NEED (Knowledge transfer drivers) (self-identification) (interviews and SOURCES (cited in questionnaire responses interview and demonstrated the industry to questionnaire) be fluid in roles and identifying activities may reflect better the characteristics of the sectors) Client advisor Research Green Deal Communication skills -consultant Writing Government Finding funding -low carbon consultant Business statistics Support for business innovation -researcher strategy/strategic thinking DECC Finding resources for R&D -unpaid consultant Direct marketing People in Glazing More business opportunities -lobby group Administration Sustainable INet Technical knowledge -Fire consultant Organisational tasks Derby County Policy knowledge -Health and Safety Innovation Council QA training for installersengineer Business development Universities Finding work/new projects -Architect Building Derby Carbon Finding new projects abroad --Design manager relationships/networking Initiative Winning new business on the right commercial terms --Project manager Interpersonal Fabricators/ Allotting enough time to new business ventures Trainer communication manufacturers Don’t know what is needed -facilitator Client advise (consultant) Personal library Attracting skilled workforce Designer Technical interface Building online Knowing how to meet LEED and Breem compliance levels - (architect) RIBA- To have a variety of projectsFabricator/Manufacturer Integration of client www.architecture.com How to identify projects that will bring the most and those that will bring Supplier advice (architect) Google/Wikipedia the least financial benefits Wholesaler Training Building magicians How to deal with the recession Client NHBC foundation More information on the Green Deal Homemaker Teaching www.edjcdatabase. Jobs Contractor Researching com Marketing to clients Tradesmen Grant writing/ International Electrican Tender preparation energy agency Apprentice EDUCATE Installer Ashrae.org Manager CIBSE Director Energy plus -Entrepreneur SAP textbooks