Informatics with specialization in Work-integrated Learning
The thesis is piloted within a longitudinal action design research project between the Production Technology Centre (PTC) at University West and collaborating manufacturing companies in the south west of Sweden. The industry continuously need educated engineers for an effective manufacturing meanwhile the university aim to strengthen learners into a higher academic degree. This duality opens up spaces for collaborative activities of design within work-integrated learning and e-learning, here described as work-integrated e-learning, e-WIL. The aim is to explore competence development activities among the stakeholders; managers, teachers and learners (employees) in a design and implementation process of e-WIL courses in cross-organizational collaborations, here viewed as an expansive learning process. Diverse challenges among the stakeholders and their home organizations emerge during the design process, for instance; competence mapping of engineering knowledge, digitalization of manufacturing learning content, didactical and pedagogical approaches for on-line learning, technological use, framing and defining target curricula and employees' disparate learning levels, as well as defining relevant cases (in the courses) for both theoretical and practical learning.
Technologies designed and used are learning management systems (LMS), web-meeting systems, instructional videos, applications for learning content production, and virtualization of labs. The results up til now, show a broad variation of industry readiness of taking part in these kinds of competence initiatives. Nine courses of 2.5 ECTS have been designed and implemented in the project and comprise knowledge within industrial automation, machining, mechanics/FEM and matematical statistics. Further development will continue in the project ProdEX - Expert in Production technology (in Swedish)
Main supervisor is Professor Lars Svensson, University West, School of Business, Economics and IT, assistant supervisors are PhD Lennart Malmsköld and Kristina Eriksson, Department of Engineering Science.
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The focus in this study is on knowledge transformation in the workplace following substantial competence initiatives through blended e-learning at...