The goal of this module is to offer efficient, fun and cost-saving methods for digital competence development in SMEs. By working with this module you get ideas and tips for accelerating work-based learning and knowledge sharing, helping employees to become aware of free resources available for continuous learning.
This module should be studied by everybody, who is interested in:
· Self-directed informal learning
· Collaborative facilitating methods for competence development
· Collaboration with educational institutions
· Open Badges for successful digital competence development
In developing digital competence in work, self-directed learning is an economic necessity.
New knowledge accumulates so quickly and industries change so rapidly that many traditional
education paths can't keep pace. In self-directed learning individuals take the initiative of their learning needs,
identifying available resources and choosing appropriate learning strategies.
This video lecture from Häme University of Applied Sciences introduces the basics of self-directed informal learning and offers ideas for learning from colleagues at work:
The eLearning Coach (n.d.). Models for Designing Your Personal Learning Environment.
Retrieved 27 March 2019 from The eLearning Coach (n.d.). Models for Designing Your Personal Learning Environment.
Using a range of collaborative facilitation methods helps meet diverse learning needs and preferences in digital competence development in companies. Collaborative methods are effective for accelerating work-based learning and knowledge sharing.
The methods engage participants, are context-sensitive and support participants’ engagement and motivation to learning at work.
This video introduces a facilitating method of Learning Café and how to use it collaborative facilitation at work.
In addition, this video introduces a facilitating method of Backcasting:
Ryymin, E. (2019). Ideas How to Use World Café and Backcasting in Digital Competence Development in Companies. DC4WORK Project.
Retrieved 27 March 2019 from https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Blsg1dWNFG7-LYMP-ydCTrlAfe14vR2h/view?usp=sharing
The World Cafe (n.d.). The World Cafe Method. Retrieved 27 March 2019 from http://www.theworldcafe.com/key-concepts-resources/world-cafe-method
User Participation (n.d.). Participatory methods: World Café. Retrieved 27 March 2019
The Natural Step (n.d.). Backcasting. Retrieved 27 March 2019
The Bridge to Better Brands (n.d.). Backcasting: A Roadmap to Tansformational Change. Retrieved 27 March 2019
Collaboration with educational institutions offer new and innovative methods for companies’ digital competence development.
Students from vocational and higher education institutions solve companies’ digital challenges, offer digital tutoring for employees and co-innovative new digital working practices with employees.
This video lecture from Häme University of Applied Sciences introduces innovative methods designed for collaboration between educational institution and SMEs in promoting digital competence:
Häme University of Applied Sciences (2015, February 5). Amazing Business Train.
Retrieved 27 March 2019 from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zdcJioKdGYc
Häme University of Applied Sciences (2016, January 13). HAMK - higher education with a professional profile.
Retrieved 27 March 2019 from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AH-jX2BIfNw&t=65s
Häme University of Applied Sciences (2018, January 4). How do we study in HAMK?
Retrieved 27 March 2019 from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cW-5Z32tdSc&t=120s
Open Badges concept is an efficient, fun and cost-saving method for digital competence development in SMEs.
Open Badges make digital competence development visible, explicit, easy to monitor and assess. Companies can create their own Open Badges for those competences that are crucial for their own business or branch.
This video lecture from Häme University of Applied Sciences introduces Open Badges in general and how to apply them in SME:
Abramovich, S., Schunn, C., & Higashi, R. M. (2013). Are badges useful in education? It depends upon the type of badge and expertise of learner. Educational Technology Research and Development, 61(2), 217–232. Brauer, S., Siklander, P. & Ruhalahti, S. (2017). Motivation in Digital open badge-driven learning in vocational teacher education. Ammattikasvatuksen aikakauskirja,19(3), 7-23.