The Learn@Work Socrates-Minerva Research Project 2005–2007
What did it do and what happened with it since?
This article offers a summary of the goals, activities, products and evaluation of the Socrates-Minerva research project 2005–2007 – Learn@Work. The partners were four higher education providers: Glasgow-Caledonian University (lead), University of Aalborg, University of Innsbruck, and the Dublin Institute of Technology, with one private partner, ATiT, Brussels. The project aim was to develop and test IT-based materials for induction and support for worker-learners using pilot studies in the partner countries, and the development of usable case studies and theoretical models. This article describes and analyses the project activities which included an initial state-of-the-art report on the use of ICTs in workplaces. The design paradigm is described together with a summary of the particular pilot studies conducted in each country. Particular consideration is given to the Dublin pilots and the design principles applied to the materials developed and tested. Evaluation findings for the Dublin pilots are outlined together with reflections on the sustainable impact of the project outputs two years later. The article ends with tentative recommendations related to enhanced design of e-induction and support together with possibilities for future research in the area of e-support for worker-learners.
Key words: access; e-accompaniers; e-learning; induction; support; sustainability