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Prof. Dr. M. Jarke
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Research field Advanced Community Information Systems (ACIS)
Funding EU FP7 ICT Integrated Project
Start date 2012/11/01
End date 2016/12/31
Status completed
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Learning Layers - Scaling up Technologies for Informal Learning in SME Clusters - EU FP7 ICT Integrated Project

Learning Layers Approach


Project Overview

Learning Layers develops a set of modular and flexible technological layers for supporting workplace practices in SMEs that unlock peer production and scaffold learning in networks of SMEs, thereby bridging the gap between scaling and adaptation to personal needs. By building on recent advances in contextualised learning, these layers provide a meaningful learning context when people interact with people, digital and physical artefacts for their informal learning, thus making learning faster and more effective. Building on mobile learning research, we situate learning into physical work places and practices to support situated, faster and more meaningful learning. Learning Layers provide a shared conceptual foundation independent of the tools people use and the context they are in. Learning Layers are based on a common light-weight, distributed infrastructure that allows for fast and flexible deployment in highly distributed and dynamic settings. We apply these technologies in two sectors that have been particularly hesitant to take up learning technologies, i.e. health care and building and construction. Involving two representative and large-scale regional SME clusters allows us to involve end-users in co-design of the system and later scale up the approach to more than 1,000 learners within 4 years. By inviting a larger set of stakeholders to adapt and build on our solutions and through research in sustainable business training models, the project will generate significant impact by boosting the ability of regional innovation systems to adapt to change and thereby remain competitive, on the individual, organisational and regional level. We demonstrate the impact in the two chosen sectors, but widen the scope to other sectors and regions towards the end of the project.

Role of i5 ACIS Group

The main responsibility of the ACIS group in the LAYERS project will be lead of the work package on "Architecture and Integration" with the overall objective being to co-ordinate and synchronise all technology development tasks across the project, as well as providing an integrated architecture to support this. Technically the main objective is to conceive, develop and maintain a distributed, federated Layers architecture for fast and flexible deployment of network communication infrastructure and storage/editing of user-generated multimedia content in testbed environments. The testbeds will be two major SME clusters of construction companies (Germany) and health care institutions (UK), respectively. The ACIS group also will be closely involved in several other tasks in the project, including development of the layer for digitally enhanced artefacts, mobiles and multimedia, as well as the layer for social semantic networks.


  • Centre Internacional de Metodes Numerics en Enginyeria, Spain
  • Tallinn University, Estonia
  • Technische Universität Graz, Austria
  • Hochschule Karlsruhe Technik und Wirtschaft, Germany
  • Universität Innsbruck, Austria
  • University of the West of England, United Kingdom
  • Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen, Germany
  • Pontydysgu Ltd., United Kingdom
  • University of Leeds, United Kingdom
  • Universität Bremen, Germany
  • Nortal AS, Tallinn, Estonia
  • Aalto-Korkeakoulusaatio, Finland
  • Tribal Education Limited, UK
  • Innovation Performance, Norway
  • Agentur für Nachhaltiges Bauen GmbH, Germany
  • Verein zur Berufsförderung der Bauwirtschaft Nord EV, Germany
  • Bradford and Airedale Primary Care Trust, United Kingdom

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