Future Trends in Professional Learning

Munich, Germany, October 10, 2005

(in conjunction with 6. Learning Mangement Congress on October 11/12 in Munich, Germany)


Technische Universität München

Fakultät für Informatik / Department of Informatics

Boltzmannstr. 3, 85748 Garching b. München (MAP)


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Time Title Presenter Organisation Abstract
Academy driven identification of future trends in Professional Learning
14:00 Opening Volker Zimmermann im-c AG, Germany
14:10 Future directions of Technology Enhanced Professional Learning: Visions and Influential Factors - PROLEARN ROADMAP PERSPECTIVE Dimitra Pappa NCSR Demokritos, Greece Presentation of the desired future of Technology Enhanced Professional Learning from Prolearn NoE (early “vision statements”) including preliminary results of a Europe-wide survey on factors and emerging trends that influence Professional Learning.

Public discourse and exchange of ideas on the aforementioned topics, aiming to share our experiences/visions and probe our collective perceptions/views on future challenges and developments in workplace learning.


Comparison of the maturity level of e-learning markets in Europe

Yann Denoual

Haute Etude Commerciales, France

Yann Denoual will present a comparison of market structure and volumes, as well as economic approaches and business models across several major European markets (France, Germany, Spain ...)

14:50 Professional training today and tomorrow – spotlight on international requirements and needs Alexander Karapidis Fraunhofer IAO, Germany Based on the results of an European-wide trend study from the PROLEARN virtual competence centre demands regarding professional training gaps and requirements will be illustrated. Aggregated from results of different studies in Europe in the last years, the main aim is to outline which demands in professional training are most important today and in which way they will increase or decrease in the next three years.

Furthermore, conclusions drawn from the results of the trend study will be presented and discussed in an action-oriented way. This contribution addresses practitioners dealing with professional training developments in intermediary organizations, providers of such services and companies as end-users as well as research institutes.

15:10 Integrating competence development at the individual-, group- an organizational level: state of the art and the way forward Eric Kluijfhout Open University Netherlands The emerging knowledge society places new demands on individual workers, group, and organizations. Central to these demands is the need to continuously develop and manage competencies at all three levels to provide competitive advantages to individuals, groups and organizations. Present approaches to competence development tend to treat each of these three levels separately, and so do available tools. A review of approaches and integration of tooling is needed.

The TENCompetence consortium aims to develop a Europe-wide technological and organizational infrastructure in support of integrated competence development. This will be realised by integrating and advancing the state of the art in the fields of learning technologies and knowledge management, and by using open-source, standards-based, sustainable and extensible technology.

15:30 Coffee Break
Industry driven verification of identified future trends in professional learning
16:00 Understanding change, adapting to change, shaping the future: trends and the core tensions for European learning systems and educational policies Tapio Koskinnen Helsinki University of Technology, Finnland Discussion of the outcomes of the LEONIE-project (Learning in Europe: Observatory on National and International Evolution). The Lifelong Learning perspective of LEONIE is wider than just professional learning, also the focus of LEONIE lies on socio-political issues rather than technology enhanced changes in learning.
16:20 Key Issues in global learning corporation like Ericsson Education Paul Landers Ericsson, Sweden Through Training Programs Ericsson offers globally standardized training flows to customers. This customer base is comprised of both an internal and external group. The internal group includes all Ericsson employees requiring technology and product related technical training. The external group includes all Ericsson customers and other non-Ericsson individuals and organizations requiring technology and product related technical training. The Training Programs’ portfolio includes more than 500 course titles, covering all of Ericsson's technical solutions as well as generic standards-based training courses.

Learning Solutions on the other hand is a coherent end-to-end service designed to optimize the operator's competence development investments with a clear line of sight to the bottom line. Such solutions focus a lot on visualization of return on investment where meaningful Key Performance Indicators are used to measure the impact of the total solution.

There are a number of key issues facing a global learning corporation like Ericsson Education:

  • Learning Content Management
  • Ubiquitous Computing
  • Simulation based elearning
16:40 What it Takes to Leave the Base Camp of Corporate Learning Dietmar Albrecht VW Coaching, Germany The potential of Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL - or whatever term one may prefer for what was formerly called e-Learning) has been widely explored, discussed, and demonstrated over the last decade(s). There are lots of academic as well as corporate success stories that can be quoted when it comes to impressing and convincing board members, ministers, and university presidents. But while researchers are heading for higher and higher peaks of innovation in learning, most organizations (of all colours and sizes) have been staying quite close to the the base camps of traditional teaching and learning paradigms in their daily business. And those industry initiatives that have successfully reached signifant TEL heights were remarkably often not driven by HR or training departments. One important lesson learned is that advancing TEL significantly at the organizational level is mainly a matter of changing processes, business models, and culture - and increasingly of demonstrating effective value contributions in times of tight budgets.

Based on these observations on one hand and the specific situation at Volkswagen on the other, the presentation reflects on the options learning professionals have to extend the reach and the (business) impact of their TEL initiatives. The result is displayed as a priority list from the industry's point of view that can be compared to PROLEARN's research agenda.


Hot topics in professional learning

Carin Martell


Carin Martell, Learn eXact LCMS International Markets Manager, will address some the very hot topics we have been / will be addressing in our new EU RD Projects: Open Interfaces for Skills, Competencies, Portfolios and Content Management merging: the new frontier in Personal Development Planning.

Further topics inlcude using Mobile Learning & Wearable Training for the on the field worker of the "New Millennium: Solutions and Projects."

17:20 EU e-Learning Benchmarking Initiative Andre Richier European Commission Presentation of the EU e-Learning Benchmarking Initiative (2005-2006). The main objective of this action is to benchmark national and regional industrial/enterprises policies and stakeholders’ initiatives in support of e-learning for enterprises and to deliver a benchmarking report in 2006.

The goals are the following:

  • To analyse national and regional policies and stakeholders’ initiatives in support of e-learning for enterprises in Europe;
  • To release a report presenting a synthesis of the situation;
  • To release a benchmarking report documenting best practices;
  • To feed into the orientation of future actions in this field at EU level as well as national and regional level.

An “e-Learning Benchmarking Steering Group” will be established. It will be composed of representatives of relevant Ministries from the participating countries as well as of industry, associations, social partners, academia and training organisations.

17:40-18:40 Panel Volker Zimmermann im-c AG, Germany