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Pages: 5960-5968
Publication year: 2018
ISBN: 978-84-09-02709-5
ISSN: 2340-1117
doi: 10.21125/edulearn.2018.1427

Conference name: 10th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies
Dates: 2-4 July, 2018
Location: Palma, Spain

LIFE LONG LEARNING AND CAREER DEVELOPMENT IN USING A WEB-BASED KNOWLEDGE NETWORK – HOW ENGINEERS BECOME PIPELINE ENGINEERS

R. Stein

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Stein & Partner GmbH (GERMANY)
The paper deals about Life Long Learning in VET by providing adaptive learning resources for job-based learning in the water industry. The emphasis is on the presentation of concept, methodology and media examples as well as on experiences of German and American organizations during implementation.

Context: The international water industry has a huge qualification problem, as the expertise required for engineers and technicians for the operation & maintenance and management of urban water supply networks and wastewater disposal networks is not usually taught at universities and educational institutions. Thus the qualification takes place within the enterprises/ authorities and with the help of water associations. The quality of the professional further education and thus the career opportunities are thus limited by the knowledge of the enterprises/ authorities or the vocational training offer of the water associations.

Due to the global importance of drinking water a new education initiative of German Water Industry with partners from education, research that was funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research tried to harmonize vocational training by providing a web-based knowledge network for life-long-learning and career development.

The challenge of the project was, on the one hand, the heterogeneity of the educational level of the target groups, which includes technicians, engineers and decision-makers, and, on the other hand, the provision of a wide range of specialist knowledge covering the entire life cycle of urban water infrastructures. For this purpose, an innovative didactic concept adapted to the needs of the target groups was used. Instead of using a theory systematics, it applies the learners experiential knowledge and their individual operational/ professional framework: Based on the existing experiences, the work processes of the employees should be used more for learning and better be meshed with the learning processes.

Using digital media, on the one hand, the non-formally and informally acquired competences of the learners are recorded, documented and related to the requirements of the profession and on the basis of individual qualification demands compiled. In the focus of attention - also with regard to the requirements of the target groups - is ubiquitous learning in everyday professional activity by means of short learning sequences (microlearning) and narrowly delimited contents (microcontent), which complement more extensive learning formats (lessons and modules) and supports them with personal learning process support. Thus the project combines work-process-oriented digital support and information systems and knowledge tools, such as virtual construction sites, construction site documentation, process manuals, multimedia textbooks with self-directed online learning (learning steps, lessons, modules) with tutorial support by learning process assistants as well as classical classroom learning. At the end a work-process-oriented life-long-learning approach for improving demand-oriented knowledge transfer and career development was achieved.

This concept is already integrated in the German Water Industry by organizations like German Association for Water, Wastewater and Waste, Güteschutz and in the United States by the Trenchless Technology Center.
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R. Stein (2018) LIFE LONG LEARNING AND CAREER DEVELOPMENT IN USING A WEB-BASED KNOWLEDGE NETWORK – HOW ENGINEERS BECOME PIPELINE ENGINEERS, EDULEARN18 Proceedings, pp. 5960-5968.
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