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Is the Openness a Problem in Open Workplace-Based Training?
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Computer and Systems Sciences.
2014 (English)In: E-learning at Work and the workplace: from Education to Employment and Meaningful Work with ICTs: book of abstracts / [ed] António Moreira Teixeira, Budapest: European distance and E-learning Network , 2014, 3- p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The issue of openness in prospective open courses, in workplace-based training, is investigated in this explorative study. Staff responsible for training at five companies was interviewed about open courses and MOOCs as possible for work based training. Both the both the interviewees themselves and the company they belong to is collaborating with scientists at higher education institutions (HEIs). The study raises the question whether they consider open courses and MOOCs might be a way to reinforce workplace-based training supported by ICT tools. The companies displayed a positive attitude towards expanding the technology-enhanced learning and openness, and foresee few problems with the openness when they participate in teaching and other course activities. Nonetheless, the current use of ICT tools for communication and strategies to make use of technology-enhanced learning and open courses are surprisingly limited and vague although e-learning for well-defined routines is utilized. The size and business model of the companies are also factors that determine the potential interest for open courses. Conclusively: the interest is obvious in order to succeed with technology-enhanced and open workplace-based training and the issue of openness seems not to be a major hindrance. There is a large potential in collaboration between companies and in collaboration between the scientists and industry.

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Budapest: European distance and E-learning Network , 2014. 3- p.
Keyword [en]
Workplace-based training, ICT, Open Education, Open courses, Higher Education, MOOCs, Industry collaboration, Corporate learning, Professional development, Skills training, Corporate training
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Information Systems
Research subject
Computer and Systems Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-111009OAI: diva2:773783
EDEN 2014 ANNUAL Conference, University of Zagreb, University Computing Centre – SRCE, Zagreb, Croatia 10-13 June 2014
Available from: 2014-12-19 Created: 2014-12-19 Last updated: 2015-06-10Bibliographically approved

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