Wang-Nastansky, Pei: From Learning Objects to Knowledge Nuggets - Contextual Model for Workplace Learning On-demand in Practice (CM-WLOD) 2007.

This thesis contributes to the development and practice in facilitating e-learning effectiveness and efficiency at the workplace. To be agile in business, every knowledge-intensive organization faces the challenge of supporting the non-classroom, non-instructional type of learning on-demand, insepa...

THEMES: Wang-Nastansky, Pei | Wang-Nastansky, Pei\Publication
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YEAR: 2007
PERM. URL: http://gcc.upb.de/K-Pool/CM-WLOD-PWN
 

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    This thesis contributes to the development and practice in facilitating e-learning effectiveness and efficiency at the workplace. The demand of today’s workplace requires constant recurrence of learning processes, inseparably interwoven with daily job tasks. To be agile in business, every knowledge-intensive organization faces the challenge of supporting this non-classroom, non-instructional type of learning on-demand. The author reviews the important role of information technology in increasing the efficiency of knowledge creation processes at the workplace in a collaborative way. Approaches having found wide adoption under the “Web 2.0” umbrella are reflected upon.

    Issues of "learning objects" development are examined in detail because of their premises in supporting sharable and reusable digital resources for learning at the workplace. With her generalization of "knowledge nuggets" the author intends to contribute to reviving the central idea of learning objects which, unfortunately, has come to dead-ends from many points of view. Although job context drives what is to be learned at work, the enterprise development of learning technology so far has followed the classroom instructional model, a centrally organized process that is led by predefined content. Conceptually as well as from the technology side this classical instructional model no longer satisfies current learning and knowledge management needs sufficiently.

    Against this the thesis presents a context-driven knowledge management model focusing on learning through contextual collaboration at the virtual workplace (CM-WLOD). CM-WLOD comprises a pragmatic meta-data model matching employees’ needs of both dealing with daily organizational processes and learning endeavors in an integrated and collaborative fashion. The prototypical implementation of this model denotes a decentralized, learner-generated learning process which is driven by contextual collaboration with digital resources, peers, and experts in an organizational workplace setting. The standpoint is that in addition to content, the enterprise information systems shall provide the employees a set of tools seamlessly merging informational content with the context of job and needs in learning together.

    CM-WLOD is implemented in a layered approach on top of IBM Lotus Notes and K-pool, a knowledge management system. A variety of practical use-cases and application scenarios is constructively examined. Especially, these cases deal with the ever changing patterns of re-use and re-purposing of information and their underlying re-contextualization in an effective way at the e-workplace.
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    Keywords / tags
    Blended learning, lifelong learning, e-workplace, on-demand, information management, knowledge management, contextualization, meta data, content, learning objects, knowledge nuggets, collaboration, tagging, granularization, re-use, IEEE LOM, Dublin Core DCMES, Lotus Notes
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    This thesis contributes to the development and practice in facilitating e-learning effectiveness and efficiency at the workplace. To be agile in business, every knowledge-intensive organization faces the challenge of supporting the non-classroom, non-instructional type of learning on-demand, inseparably interwoven with daily job tasks. The author reviews the important role of information technology in increasing the efficiency of knowledge creation processes at the workplace in a collaborative way.
    Against this research setting, the thesis presents a context-driven knowledge management model focusing on learning through contextual collaboration at the virtual workplace (CM-WLOD). CM-WLOD comprises a pragmatic meta-data model matching employees’ needs of both dealing with daily organizational processes and learning endeavors in an integrated and collaborative fashion. The prototypical implementation of this model denotes a decentralized, learner-generated learning process which is driven by contextual collaboration with digital resources, peers, and experts in an organizational workplace setting. The standpoint is that in addition to content, the enterprise information systems shall provide the employees a set of tools seamlessly merging informational content with the context of job and needs in learning together. CM-WLOD is implemented in a layered approach on top of IBM Lotus Notes and K-pool, a knowledge management system. A variety of practical use-cases and application scenarios is constructively examined. Especially, these cases deal with the ever changing patterns of re-use and re-purposing of information and their underlying re-contextualization in an effective way at the e-workplace.
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