The project partners of the Nordic Learning Centre Innovation (NLCI) project met for the first NLCI workshop on 10th and 11th October 2016 in Holbæk and Brorfelde, Denmark. The kick off workshop focused on new ways of learning with the aim of:
- Introducing the project partners to the NLCI project and planning future activities (by the project manager)
- Getting to know each other through cultural probes (by University College Absalon)
- Introducing the learning centre canvas as a tool for innovation (by University College Absalon)
- Gaining inspiration on new ways of learning from experts
- Developing ways of improving the learning experience for learning centre users (by University College Absalon)
The following summarises the workshop activities related to 2, 3, 4 and 5 as described above.
2. Getting to know each other through cultural probes
Before the workshop, the project partners were asked to encourage their learning centre students to create cultural probes, which were to be used as a basis for presenting the respective learning centres at the kick off workshop in Denmark. One to three students at each of the participating learning centre were given instruction sheets detailing questions and tasks focusing on their personal experience of being students at a learning centre. The presentations on the learning centres provided useful insights into the diversity of the centres represented in the project, as well as the individual strengths and challenges of the centres.
3. Introducing the learning centre canvas as a tool for innovation
The canvas is a visual chart of a business that doubles as a way of documenting existing business models and inventing new ones. The idea is to describe key elements of a business, such as resources available, activities that the business will undertake and the network of partners which strengthens the business. The canvas also provides opportunities to describe the customers, the unique value proposition offered to the customer and the financial structure that drives the success of the business model. Relative to this mapping it becomes possible to identify opportunities for innovation.
4. Developing ways of improving the learning experience for learning centre users
The partners worked on the learning centre canvas in national groups in order to focus specifically on developing new prototypes for their respective learning centres.
This activity involved four phases in which the workshop participants focused on:
- Describing the current learning experience offered at the learning centres by using the learning centre canvas
- Parametrizing learning centre components in order to
- Generate new ideas for innovating the learning centres through cognitive crossfit exercises. Finally, the participants also engaged in
- Discussing and illustrating the future design of their learning centres.
5. Gaining inspiration on new ways of learning from experts
Halfway through the workshop, two expert presentations were given to inspire the development of new learning centre prototypes. The first presentation was given by Anne-Mette Nortvig, Ph.d. and associate professor at Aalborg University and University College Absalon. In her presentation, Anne-Mette discussed the importance of the relationship between the teacher and the students in e-learning courses and she also discussed different ways in which this relationship can be supported. The other expert presentation was held by Marlene Erkmann, who is an associate professor at University College Absalon. Marlene is specialised in how to facilitate teaching and learning in a virtual setting, and at the workshop she shared with the participants some of the techniques and tools that she has found to be effective in engaging e-learning students.
Documents from the workshop