Developing hybrid social
learning networks Debbie Holley (Anglia Ruskin University) John Cook &
Patricia Santos (University of West of England)
The McKinsey Global Institute Report (2012) on unlocking value and productivity through the use of
social technologies suggests that the productivity of high-skill knowledge workers could be increased
by 20-25% if the use of social technologies is implemented within and across an enterprise.
The EU LearningLayers Project (www.learninglayers.eu), is working to support informal learning in the
workplace by developing a range of co-designed online tools for specific industry sectors.
The ‘Help-Seeking Tool’ is being developed following design based research principles which
“Acknowledges although potentially powerful, the simultaneous pursuit of theory building and
practical innovation is extremely ambitious’”(McKenney & Reeves, 2012).
In the UK, we are working with Leeds Medical Institute of Education and a number of GP Practices in
the north of England to co-design a ‘help-seeking’ tool.
Designed to assist GP Practice based nurses and professionals with networking for problem solving,
sharing information and drawing upon the expertise of what Vygotsky calls the ‘more capable peer’.
The resulting tool is available for customisation and adaptation for other contexts – there are
possibilities within ITE
This tool and all other prototypes are freely available via the ‘Layers’ Open Design Library (ODL)
into scaling and
contexts: we can
use final tool for
Help Seeking: Potential development for ITE
• Wordpress + Buddypress installation
• Q&A plugin: https://premium.wpmudev.org/project/qa-wordpress-questions-and-answers-
Could be re-purposed
The consortium consists of 17 institutions from 7 different countries. Total project budget over 4 years 12 Million Euros. Debbie Holley worked with
project during her recent sabbatical.