Research on workplace-integrated learning in industry

Project DigiLernPro
Article posted on 07.03.2016

As part of the DigiLernPro joint project funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), on 7 March 2016 a didactics workshop was held at Ruhr-Universität Bochum in the Chair of Production Systems’ learning factory. Participants included the project’s scientific partners the DFKI Educational Technology Lab, the Chair of Production Systems (Ruhr-Universität Bochum) and the Institute for Information Management in Bremen, as well as application partners Festo AG and Brabant & Lehnert Werkzeug- & Vorrichtungsbau GmbH.

DigiLernPro focuses on the semi-automatic creation of digital learning scenarios to support and further train staff in their industrial production workplaces. To this end, the DFKI’s Educational Technology Lab has developed an intelligent adaptive authoring and reproduction tool which can be used to semi-automatically produce learning materials and then adapt them to employees.

The didactics workshop was an opportunity to present the software’s current development progress and to clarify any outstanding issues which arose when testing the first prototype. For example, discussions included how to guide users in creating learning scenarios to ensure that the work processes thus created have a meaningful structure and contain all of the necessary information. The workshop also tackled the question of how to initiate learning processes in order to ensure that users not only copied work steps but also gained a deeper understanding of working processes. At this stage, the question also arises of how different user skill levels can be reflected in the way that learning content is displayed.