APOSDLE Glossary: Workplace Learning, Work-integrated Learning

Learning refers to an advancement of knowledge and skills of the knowledge worker. Our understanding of workplace learning is such that it is truly integrated in current work processes and practices and makes use of existing resources. It is relatively short unstructured (in terms of learning objectives, learning time or learning support) learning at the workplace where the main aim of the activities is to enhance task performance. From the learnerís perspective, workplace learning is spontaneous and/or unintentional. Learning in this case is a by-product of the time spent at the workplace (Colley, Hodkinson & Malcolm, 2002).

While traditional eLearning might also happen at the workplace in terms of time and place, our understanding of workplace learning would additionally require that

  • Learning needs and goals are derived directly from the tasks the knowledge worker currently performs
  • Learning activities happen in close interaction with available Knowledge Artefacts which are stored in the 3spaces. Either learning activities make use of available Knowledge Artefacts, or they result in creation of new artefacts (e.g. communication artefacts).
  • Results of the learning activities, i.e. acquired knowledge and skills, can be more or less directly transferred to the workerís working situation (6.2.39)

Example: A requirements engineer needs to design a use case model about the system to be built (learning goal). Using existing use case models (available Knowledge Artefacts) from previous projects she gets a good understanding about the activities to be modelled. After studying the diagrams she is able to create her own use case model (learning transfer).

This definition is taken from the APOSDLE Project Glossary. At time of publication the latest version appeared in Deliverable D6.02 Use Scenarios & Application Requirements (First prototype; domain RE) available from APOSDLE Results. In this document, all mentioned external and cross references can be found.

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