Launching DEVELOP: The First 4 Months

Friday, 27. May 2016
by
Laura Fagan, Trinity College Dublin - Learnovate, Ireland

 

The DEVELOP project aims to deliver an adaptive learning environment that is dynamic enough to deal with the demands of opportunities and learning in medium and large companies. It will enable employee’s learning through reflection on their transversal competences and social capital. These will become key enablers of career development and will aid personnel development professionals in delivering an optimum way of uniting company strategy and business goals with their employees’ potential.

 

Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

 

At the turn of our forth month into the project, we felt that it would be best to keep you up to date with what we have accomplished so far. In February, we held our Kick Off meeting in Trinity College Dublin. It was a resounding success with presentations from members of the consortium providing input into the shape of DEVELOP. Our consortium members have a range of expertise from game-based learning and social network analysis to data analytics. This facilitated them to show case what they bring to the consortium and how their contributions add value to the DEVELOP project. It is only through this diverse range of expert knowledge can DEVELOP truly flourish.

An important element of DEVELOP is around transversal competencies and serious gaming. A workshop on this topic was hosted by GITP in the Netherlands in early March. It gave our partners the opportunity to brainstorm ideas around competency mapping. It gave the consortium an appreciation of the potential competency tools and products that are available. GITP also illustrated the impact of Serious Games to the consortium and their value for DEVELOP. The discussion in the workshop also included topics such as game elements for personalisation and learning interventions. As a whole, the consortium came away from the workshop with a better understanding of the challenges that come with trying to identify competencies and the best way to address the challenges that will occur in the future.

 

Consortium Team Members at IBM, Dublin, Ireland
Consortium Team Members at IBM, Dublin, Ireland

 

By the time of the Design Requirements workshop in IBM in the middle of March, we had a lot to cover! The consortium discussed everything from IBM Design Thinking to Brainstorming for all levels of our end users. This rigorous process resulted in the consortium developing an end user’s desires document so we could identify what exactly our users want from the DEVELOP tools. We needed to understand how best to facilitate their needs in their career journey.

Taking all that was learned from the IBM workshop, it was time to break these end users desires into more sizeable tasks. The workshop in Trinity College Dublin at the end of March was to break down the desires per end user and to identify what should be a priority for the project.  This included the mapping of these tasks to the respective work packages and dividing the work out throughout the consortium.

 

Riddle Hall, Queens University Belfast, Northern Ireland
Riddle Hall, Queens University Belfast, Northern Ireland

 

In Queen’s University Belfast in April, the consortium was able to get an insight into the data driven side of DEVELOP. We discussed various aspects around social interaction data such as the availability of public data, social capital and social network analysis. This gave an insight into the requirements around data that need to be undertaken by the consortium and what can be anticipated in research for DEVELOP.

While a lot of hard work has been going on in the workshops, a lot of the day to day running of DEVELOP has been in parallel. This work has included preparing our first deliverables (our quality manual and website), working on our assessment framework, and exploring the legal and ethical aspects of data privacy for technology enhanced learning.

This is only the beginning! So much has been accomplished so far for the DEVELOP project that it would be hard to not be excited for what’s to come next. To keep up to date with all of our progress, please feel free to subscribe to our newsletter, LinkedIn or say hi on Twitter.