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Digitizing work: Organizational Work-Integrated Learning through Technology Mediated Courses in Manufacturing Industry
University West, Department of Technology, Mathematics and Computer Science, Division for Mechanical Engineering. (LINA, PTW)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0086-9067
University West, Department of Economics and IT, Division of Computer Engineering. (LINA, PTW)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0380-1386
University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Production Engineering. (LINA, PTW)
2013 (English)In: 18th WACE World Conference on Cooperative & Work-Integrated Education: WIL-POWER: FUELING THE FUTURE WORKFORCE, WACE , 2013, 1-12 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The manufacturing industry is continuously facing global competition and customer demands which impose the need to knowledge development to manage changes and long-term business goals. Continuous and lifelong learning is often seen as processes that support competence development and learning integrated within work. In this paper we focus on processes of learning within the manufacturing industry and how learning initiatives as technology mediated courses (TMC) can support learning from the workplace learning needs. Is learning initiatives integrated in work considered as means for strategic business goals? Can TMC be an important learning tool for support of knowledge creation? The study is performed through interviews with production managers and human resource managers with eight manufacturing industries in the western part of Sweden. Through the study we try to understand what knowledge the industry needs to evolve and achieve effective production. We also study the readiness for technology mediated learning. Early results show that the industries have interest in learning initiatives such as TMC and are willing to co-produce knowledge together with universities. We present a matrix model that interlinks business goals and the industries current use of technology mediated learning tools. However, the experience of using tools such as web conference systems and learning management systems for learning initiatives is diversified.

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WACE , 2013. 1-12 p.
, Conference Proceedings Abstracts, ISSN 2152-0518
Keyword [en]
workplace learning, work-integrated learning, technology mediated courses, manufacturing industry, WIL
Keyword [sv]
National Category
Information Systems, Social aspects
Research subject
SOCIAL SCIENCE, Informatics; Work Integrated Learning
URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-5876OAI: diva2:685390
18th WACE World Conference on Cooperative & Work-Integrated Education, June 24-27, 2013, Durban, South Africa
MERIT - Manufacturing Education and Research with Information Technology
Knowledge Foundation
Available from: 2014-01-09 Created: 2014-01-09 Last updated: 2016-02-08Bibliographically approved

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