A broad social alliance for digital participation

The common goal is to promote digital participation. Everyone in Germany should be enabled to find their way around the digital environment with self-confidence and self-determination. A national Digital Day will explain digitalisation with numerous events and activities all over Germany, bring it to life, show ways to benefit from digital progress, and create space for controversial debates.

Digital Day takes place for the first time on 19 June 2020 and is to be held twice a year in future. As announced by the “Digital for all” initiative in Berlin, a prize for digital involvement is also going to be awarded on Digital Day. The alliance comprises 21 organisations in civil society, culture, business, and the public sector.

At LEARNTEC, visitors can also find out about digital learning opportunities.
At LEARNTEC, visitors can also find out about digital learning opportunities.

“Our aim is to prevent anyone from getting lost or feeling lost in the digital transformation. In a broad social alliance, municipalities want to rigorously counteract a digital split in society and strengthen social cohesion. After all, digital skills are elementary for our lives today”, says Burkhard Jung, president of the German association of cities and towns for the German federation of local central associations.

From the perspective of voluntary involvement, Petra Bentkämper, president of the German association of women in rural areas, added: “Digitalisation is also about social participation. For the digital transformation to be a success, it is our responsibility as a society to ensure that everyone is given the opportunity to help shape this process. On Digital Day, we will be putting every effort into ensuring that everyone of all ages in rural regions is made fit for the future.”

On the initiative of the 21 partners, events and activities are taking place all over Germany on Digital Day on 19 June 2020, including public lectures, discussions and debates, presentation of digital technologies in clubs and societies, in public authorities, and companies as well as the creation of a generous space for discourse on digitalisation through digital channels, too.

Author: Thea Payome

Workhacks as a motor for a changing culture of learning

“Learning and development are key success factors for a positive company culture. Our employees’ skills and capabilities are of decisive importance for profitable growth and lasting success. For this reason, we want to continue to modernise our learning culture and promote lifelong, self-directed learning even more intensively in future”, states BASF’s group report for 2018. Personnel developer Patricia Ohnhaus explains the role played by “workhacks” in change in the learning culture – particularly in Berlin.

Where did BASF Berlin stand as regards learning culture and what direction should it take from this point on?

Patricia Ohnhaus: Until two years ago, learning at BASF Berlin took place in the form of obligatory or optional conventional classroom training sessions that employees were “sent” to. The trend is towards self-directed learning – classroom, blended, and online.

Collegial advice is becoming increasingly important, with an external host as well as amongst the employees themselves without an external host.

We have meanwhile also introduced “working out loud” as a method of self-directed learning. Online learning is assisted, for example, by free access to Linkedin Learning or by self-built internal online-training sessions.

What do you understand by the term “workhack”?

Patricia Ohnhaus: For me, workhacks are the smallest of changes made in work procedures that enable working together and learning to be improved enormously and rendered more effective.

How do you incorporate this into your change management concept?

Patricia Ohnhaus: The introduction of workhacks to BASF Berlin was integrated into our big “New Logic” culture change, which began with the Leadership Intervention (a three-day workshop for all executives of the three Shared Service Centres from Berlin, Montevideo, and Kuala Lumpur). Workhacks were among the items presented there and teams could volunteer to try them out.

After eight teams came forward and started one after the other, several Best-Practice Sharing sessions were held in order to learn from one another and to pass on the gained experience to other teams.

Workhacks are now familiar within our company and in some cases more workhacks are devised internally and adopted. Workhacks strengthen cooperation and enable teams to work with greater motivation and more effectively, creating more room for development and greater acceptance for independent and collaborative learning.

What periods of time do you envisage for conceptualising the changes, familiarising employees with them, and making sure they sit so that they become a matter of course?

Patricia Ohnhaus: A workshop is required to introduce workhacks into a single team, followed by at least two months to try out the workhack and adapt it to the special requirements of the team and customer, if necessary.

A retrospective analysis should take place at the end of the two months in order to decide if and how the workhack should continue to be applied. It is only after this that the team has reached a point where a second workhack can be introduced.

With most of our teams, two to three workhacks were introduced within a period of eight months. I’d say it took a good year for workhacks to become established as an instrument in the company and to have a positive impact on the learning culture.

We are continuing to work on the learning culture, of course, because workhacks are only one of the factors that can have a positive impact on it.

Author: Thea Payome

Ambulance simulator and engineering training
 Many possibilities around the VR glasses are presented at the LEARNTEC .
Many possibilities around the VR glasses are presented at the LEARNTEC .

The Fraunhofer IGD is making its virtual training tool Machine@Hand available for the voluntary paramedic apprenticeship. Similar to pilot training in a flight simulator, every trainee of the Herford section of the German Red Cross (DRK-Kreisverband Herford-Stadt e.V.) will have to have spent a specific number of hours training in the ambulance simulator until he or she knows blindfolded which drawer to open in which situation. The purpose of this is not only to ensure a well-grounded inner confidence when in action but also to make the apprenticeship less time consuming.

This enables the time of up to 800 hours for the whole apprenticeship to be reduced in the long term. An important factor when it comes to enhancing the appeal of voluntary work.

Machine@Hand was developed as a visual-assistance system for the manufacturing industry where operational processes and maintenance procedures are becoming increasingly sophisticated and complex. Dismantling and reassembling big machines for purely training purposes is often almost impossible. For this reason, Machine@Hand is being used for training service engineers at Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG, for example.

Author: Thea Payome

Artificial intelligence in the construction industry

The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) successfully took part in the innovation competition of the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) for applying artificial intelligence (AI). The SDaC research project – “Smart Design and Construction” coordinated by the KIT is among those awarded financial support. Assisted by the new AI platform, the course is now to be set for digital and networked data management in the construction industry. The BMWi is supporting the 9-million-euro project over a period of three years.

“Artificial intelligence is a powerful tool that is going to have an impact on our lives in a variety of ways in future. With the funding for the project now secured, we are helping the construction industry to prepare itself for the complex challenges ahead”, says Professor Holger Hanselka, president of the KIT. “The KIT’s success in the BMWi’s innovation competition underlines the fact that the scientists at the KIT are among the leading pacesetters in AI matters in Germany – and I’m delighted to see it.”

Learntec 2020 will also be presenting exciting innovations around digitization in schools, universities and workplaces.
Learntec 2020 will also be presenting exciting innovations around digitization in schools, universities and workplaces.

“The construction industry is one of the most important sectors in Germany and provides the necessary infrastructure for all social spheres”, says Professor Shervin Haghsheno, head of the Institute of Technology and Management in Construction at the KIT and scientific director of the SDaC research project. “Our intention behind developing and testing applications for artificial intelligence through our platform approach is to create a new ecosystem for innovative products and services and make a contribution to enabling the players in the value-adding chain to use resources more carefully and work more efficiently.”

SDaC is backed by a consortium of more than 40 project partners from academic research and practice. The aim of the project is to develop a platform as well as specific applications with methods of artificial intelligence that will contribute to the digital transformation of the construction industry.

Author: Thea Payome

“Digitalisation: a driving force behind professional development”
 Friedrich Hubert Esser, President of the Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB
Friedrich Hubert Esser, President of the Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB

, in his preface to the latest BIBB annual report for 2018. “We acknowledge that digitalisation has arrived at all levels of professional development: it has an impact on almost all initial vocational and further training occupations, it changes responsibilities and requires new qualifications and skillsets. Its influence on teaching and learning materials cannot be overlooked and it is also leaving its mark on learning establishments for professional development – businesses, vocational colleges, and inter-company training centres.” The annual report highlights examples of how vocational education and training continued to develop last year with respect to these actual effects and how the BIBB contributed to this advancement.

LEARNTEC is the platform for vocational education.
LEARNTEC is the platform for vocational education.

The BIBB president expressed his concern that, in spite of all the overall positive developments and factors in 2018, vocational education and training continued to lose their appeal compared with academic alternatives. Besides meeting the challenges presented by digitalisation, improving the image of vocational education and training as well as raising greater awareness of their social and economic significance for Germany as a location for business and industry therefore remains the key role of all those involved.

The BIBB annual report can be downloaded here:

Author: Thea Payome

Jane Hart as Member of the LEARNTEC Convention
Jane Hart
Jane Hart

With Jane Hart, LEARNTEC has gained a renowned learning expert as a partner. The Briton is a member of LEARNTEC’s convention committee. She conceived part of the convention programme for LEARNTEC 2019 and has expanded the programme to include a complete English-language lecture section.

Jane Hart already played an important role at LEARNTEC as a keynote speaker in 2015. Hart has over 30 years of experience in supporting companies and organizations to develop talent through appropriate training and continuing education. A globally acknowledged expert in Corporate Learning, she is also the founder of the Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies (C4LPT), which is one of the leading websites in the field of learning trends, learning technologies and learning tools. This year, Hart was chosen by the US-based Association for Talent Development (ATD) to receive the “Distinguished Contribution to Talent Development” award.

Learning Remains an Ongoing Process

Jane Hart publishes “Modern Workplace Learning”, an online magazine for learning professionals. On this platform, she continually presents research results which reconfirm her thesis that many people do not learn the most in continuing education seminars, but through close collaboration with their colleagues directly in the workplace. Since 2007, the magazine has annually published a list of the best tools for online learning. Jane Hart is also the author of a series of books, including “Modern Workplace Learning 2018”.

Partnership with LEARNTEC is a logical step for her: “I am pleased to be collaborating with LEARNTEC to design an English-language lecture section on Modern Workplace Learning.” This includes presentations and interactive workshops exploring the rapid changes that are taking place in workplace learning. The partnership with Jane Hart is therefore not only a gain for Europe’s leading digital-education trade fair, but also and above all for everyone who is eager to learn in a society that is becoming increasingly digitized.

Ideas for the Future: E-learning Start-ups at LEARNTEC

At LEARNTEC 2019, 24 start-ups will present approaches with which they intend to simplify, improve or even revolutionize learning. A visit to these start-ups is especially worthwhile because the entrepreneurs present their ideas in start-up pitches, some of which are based on the entertaining PechaKucha principle.

Germany needs innovative educational ideas and innovators need support: young entrepreneurs who bring their start-ups to LEARNTEC can present their ideas to a large and international audience in a designated start-up area and can talk about their innovative developments with visitors at the start-ups’ own stands.

LEARNTEC offers the optimal stage for this – and does so in the literal sense of the word “stage” – because the visionary founders introduce their learning solutions on an actual stage, where they prominently and visibly present their start-up pitches. Among other features, some of these presentations utilize the entertaining “PechaKucha” technique, which was invented in Japan and is sometimes spelled “Petscha-Kutscha” in German-speaking countries. Each lecture is accompanied by twenty relevant pictures or slides, each of which is shown for twenty seconds. This structure rigorously limits the speaking time to slightly less than seven minutes – and simultaneously assures an exceedingly concise presentation. Afterwards a jury selects the day’s winning presenter. But even without winning a victory, participation is always a winning situation, because after their presentations, the speakers learn which aspects they could further improve. This boosts their chances in the “acid test”, i.e. when they pitch their start-ups to potential investors.

Make Your Visit to LEARNTEC 2019 a Complete Success

To make the best possible use of your time at a trade fair, having a clear overview of all offers there is no less important than careful advance planning. With guided tours and a special app, LEARNTEC enables its visitors to take home valuable knowledge and new contacts.

Nowadays important information is best stored on a smartphone, where the data are always quickly accessible. This is especially true at LEARNTEC, where digital assistants are an important topic. That is why the fair offers its visitors a well-structured app that performs many useful services. Before the fair begins, it simplifies planning by providing a list of exhibitors and information about the supporting programme. Visitors can use the app to mark exhibitors that are interesting for them and to create a list of those exhibitors for their tour of the fair; a built-in hall plan helps users instantly locate the relevant exhibitors’ stands. Users can individually search for and save individual programme items; if desired, the app will export these items to the smartphone’s calendar as reminders. No one needs to carry pens and paper with them at this fair, because the app includes an integrated note function with image upload.

Perfectly Successful Networking with the LEARNTEC App

Another useful feature of the app is its matchmaking module, which makes networking child’s play. Into the module, exhibitors enter the subject areas in which they offer products or services, and they also specify their contact persons. If one of the fair’s visitors is interested in a particular topic, the module shows its user all relevant suppliers and identifies their contact persons. Moreover, the app can also be used to directly contact the exhibitor, e.g. to schedule a face-to-face meeting. To assure that the flow of information doesn’t remain a one-way street, the app offers the opportunity to actively participate in the supporting programme by enabling visitors to vote directly from their smartphones during surveys conducted at lectures. The app is an extremely useful tool for everyone who wants to get the most from their visit to LEARNTEC. Click here to download the app for iOS or Android.

Gain Insights during Guided Tours

A good overview of the fair’s extensive spectrum of products and services, as well as its diverse topics, can be gained by taking one of the guided tours. The tours are offered in English and in German on all three days of the fair, which runs from 29 to 31 January 2019. The Highlights tour focuses on the newest and most interesting trends at the fair. A specially tailored tour for newcomers in the field of e-learning explains the most important basics of digital knowledge transfer. The daily tour on Augmented and Virtual Reality focuses explicitly on these stimulating topics. Additionally, the fair also offers a tour dedicated to digitization at universities, workplaces, and in scholastic education. All tours are free of charge. The number of participants is limited, so early registration is recommended.

Like oder Dislike: Soziale Bedürfnisse motivieren uns zum Lernen
Researcher Franca Parianen at LEARNTEC
Researcher Franca Parianen at LEARNTEC

A warm welcome or a cold shoulder? Understand others or misunderstand them? Achieve success or suffer failure? – Social life is a significant motivator for human beings. Our brainware can be actively encouraged to learn. The researcher Franca Parianen explains how at LEARNTEC 2019.

What needs do we yearn to satisfy? What drives us? What is the source of our motivation? And why do we sometimes give up? In her lecture “83 Billion Neurons Like It: Understand and Utilize our Brain’s Motivating Power”, the social scientist and neuroscientist Franca Parianen sheds light on these questions from the perspective of social life. After all, humans originated as social beings – although, as Parianen wryly observes, many people try very hard to conceal that fact. That’s why social life is a decisive driving force behind our actions and behaviours.

Learning as a Social Motivation for Survival

Life doesn’t go smoothly without cooperation. This inescapable fact intensively influences learning. We acquire a large part of our abilities in order to get along well with others and to keep up with them. From the moment of our birth, we try to understand the actions of our fellow human beings. We seek their approval and shun their disapproval, which show us what is right and what is wrong. “That’s why we imitate even the silliest facial expression – because, who knows, it could possibly be important”, explains Parianen, who researches the fundamentals of human behaviour on the neuronal and hormonal level at Helmholtz Institute of the University of Utrecht. When we consider this strong motivation and other driving forces, we can better understand many phenomena: from the sense (and nonsense) of social rewards to disappointment, and from the “wisdom of the many” to the foolishness of the flock.

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TUMO, the School for Digital Education, Starts in Paris
TUMO - school for Digital Education
TUMO - school for Digital Education

To augment their regular classroom lessons, the pupils can spend two hours per week taking self-learning courses in computer programming, digital drawing, video, cinema, music and animation. The development of the children and teenagers occupies the foreground: there are no grades or report cards at TUMO. Unlike conventional lessons, pupils learn at their own speed.

Freed from performance pressure, they can familiarize themselves with technical possibilities at their own pace and allow their creativity to run free. The school is conceived to accommodate up to 4,000 pupils; 25% of the available places are reserved for children from social flashpoints. TUMO in Paris is patterned after a homonymous facility in Eriwan, which was chosen as the world’s most innovative school three years ago.

Paris’s mayor Anne Hidalgo, who first became acquainted with TUMO when she visited Armenia’s capital city, is confident that this concept will also work well in Paris: “TUMO will develop into a communication centre for young people, where they can not only acquire new skills, but also realize their most creative ideas and take part in the digital adventure.” The facility is financed by the European Union: the city of Paris won the competition for “European Capital City of Innovation” in November 2017 and received a cheque worth one million euros.

Ministry of Education Promotes Video-based Learning
Macromedia University
Students at Macromedia University working on a learning project with drones.

This project is a digital educational space that facilitates students’ collaborative and investigative learning. Innovative video technologies are an integral part of the project. Thus far, the majority of German universities use video as a medium for visualization of learning contents: students can view contents, but remain passive spectators. “Student Crowd Research”, on the other hand, aims to utilize video technologies as learning tools.

Prof. Dr. Andreas Hebbel-Seeger from Macromedia University is responsible for this area, which is a cornerstone of “Student Crowd Research”. Only when innovative video technologies are combined with interactive formats and self-evaluative instruments can a significantly greater number of students participate in forms of learning that have traditionally demanded intensive mentorship, e.g. student research projects.

The InnoTruck Makes Innovations Understandable for Young People
The InnoTruck tours year-round throughout the Federal Republic of Germany
Source: BMBF - Initiative InnoTruck

The double-decker lorry tours year-round throughout the Federal Republic of Germany. The vehicle’s interior understandably illustrates the role that innovations play in our daily lives. The initiative was conceived for all interested citizens, especially for young people, their parents and teachers.

Visitors are invited to learn about numerous thematic fields and associated professions: the spectrum ranges from the digital society through sustainable commerce to healthy living and intelligent mobility. Experts are on board to assist visitors who would like to discuss themes in greater depth. But the InnoTruck isn’t only for passive spectators, it also welcomes active participation: various experiments invite young people to play the role of researchers and experience technical progress firsthand.

Curious? The InnoTruck will visit the following cities in November: Bonn, Königstein im Taunus, Oberursel, Weinheim, Karlsruhe, Pliezhausen and Stuttgart.

Vampires Convey Financial Know-how
The free game app COUNT FEFE
Source: Aston University

The programme developed from cooperation between Britain’s Aston Business School and eLearning Studios in the context of the EU-sponsored “Financial Education for Future Entrepreneurs” project. The software was introduced because Aston Business School had determined that lack of financial expertise is one of the most common reasons why recently founded companies fail.

The app, which is available for iOS and Android, aims to close this gap through gamification. In the game, the user assists a vampire who has inherited a fortune and invested it in a start-up retail coffin business. The vampire must continually overcome new difficulties. As the game progresses, players learn how to master the challenges of corporate bookkeeping and develop a sense for financial decisions, while simultaneously being introduced to specialized terminology through their work on behalf of the vampire’s company. Count FEFE is presently available only in an English-language version.

The “DeltaX” Students’ Laboratory Promotes the Desire to Do Research
The DeltaX Students´ Laboratory
Source: HZDR/Oliver Killig

Institutes, companies and museums in Dresden expect that the laboratory will promote students’ interest in doing research. At the same time, DeltaX serves as a next-generation incubator for scientific institutions and high-tech businesses in the Saxon state capital. The laboratory is lavishly equipped: from lasers and biological incubators to gas chromatographs, state-of-the-art equipment is available for young researchers to use in their experiments.

“The new building offers the very finest technology”, says DeltaX’s director Dr. Matthias Streller. Students now have totally new opportunities to conduct experiments in chemistry and molecular biology under genuine laboratory conditions. In the near future, more than 3,000 students will learn and experiment in DeltaX, which primarily specializes in physics, chemistry and biology.

mmb industry report: e-learning companies show robust growth

growth rate was still robust, although, for the first time since 2010, it dropped into the single-digit range. The six biggest providers achieved an above-average growth of 14%.

The growth of the job market was even stronger: The number of regular staff members grew by 17%. The majority of e-learning offers – 74% – are customized products and services. These are results taken from the just published mmb industry report “e-learning industry 2017” with more to be found here.

Digitalisation of German companies: Good, but not excellent

A recent Bitkom survey shows that in all areas, whether in robotics, big data or virtual reality, they see themselves more as laggards than as trailblazers. Concerning the topics of artificial intelligence and 3D-printing, the position of the German economy looks particularly precarious.

However, 36% of the respondents still consider the German economy to be on the right track and to be an international digitalisation leader. The survey covered 505 companies with more than 20 staff members.

Lingua TV and M.I.T e-Solutions establish sales partnership

LinguaTV, a vendor of video-based language trainings, contributes more than 1,000 videos for language training.

M.I.T has developed an interface for its learning management system that allows New Academy users to access the course server of LinguaTV. The training packages cover topics of IT, economics, compliance and language learning as well as safety issues.

Private further education: Nearly every second German uses digital formats

77% and 75% of the users of blended-learning-programmes and mobile learning apps are willing to spend private money on digital trainings. The numbers drop to 22% and 15% for users of desktop learning programmes and online courses.

There is a big interest in private further education: Three of four Germans (76%) make use of trainings, be they offered in classical or digital formats.

Digital technology in universities: Students expect more

Four of five students have the possibility to download lecture materials and scripts, two thirds use an internal learning platform.

The digital organisation of studies with interactive schedules and notifications in the case that lectures are cancelled has still a long way to go. Every fourth student cannot reach his professor by mail or messenger. Only 22% trust academic data protection.

France extends ban on mobile phones in schools

Until now, cell phones were only banned to be used in class. But all middle schools are to establish choirs that today only exist in every fourth school.

In 2015, 80% of French teenagers owned smartphones. In Germany, the federal states regulate the use of mobile phones in schools. Mostly, they leave the decision to the individual schools. In Bavaria, cell phones may only be used for teaching purposes.

Shortage of corporate trainings on digital technologies

72% complain that there is no time for trainings on digital technologies at work, and 59% say that their employer does not offer trainings on these topics. For 39% this is the case, although their company has increased the use of digital technologies.

77% believe that digital know-how will be as important at work as professional expertise and social skills. 76% take part in trainings on a private basis, and 36% would spend 2 or more hours per week for training activities.

LEARNTEC Continues to Grow

Europe’s largest event for digital education will present the latest trends and upcoming developments in digital learning from 29 to 31 January 2019. Over 10,000 decision-makers from the worlds of industry, consulting, trade and sales will come to LEARNTEC at Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre, where 300 exhibitors from fourteen countries, along with the fair’s accompanying convention, will update visitors about the newest applications, programmes and solutions for digital education in schools, universities and vocational training.

The following are a few of the many topics in the focal point at LEARNTEC 2019:

  • Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR) and Mixed Reality in learning scenarios
  • Modern Workplace Learning
  • Big Data, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Adaptive Learning
  • Agility and design thinking for new learning worlds
  • Learning strategies and digital leadership
  • Social collaboration
  • Future content creation

A First-rate Convention with Internationally Renowned Experts

“Future learning: social, global, digital” is the motto of the convention, where national and international keynote speakers will peer into the future of the digital education market. The convention presents successfully implemented educational projects and connects them with offerings from the fair’s exhibitors. Jane Hart, a well-known expert on Modern Workplace Learning and a speaker at previous editions of LEARNTEC, is now contributing toward designing LEARNTEC as a member of its convention committee. Her English-language lecture section on Modern Workplace Learning will include presentations and interactive workshops exploring the rapidly changing world of workplace learning. International speakers will introduce the newest trends around the globe.

Have we sparked your curiosity? The highlights of the trade fair and convention are discussed in the following video by Britta Wirtz, Managing Director of Karlsruher Messe- und Kongress GmbH, and Sünne Eichler, member of the LEARNTEC convention committee.

Topic areas of LEARNTEC 2020

Topic area school

Topic area school

How do digital schools work? Which new forms of learning and teaching arise through digital teaching materials and what factors must be taken into account? What form do optimal learning and the teaching of media skills take?

Topic area university

Topic area university

Universities in the digital age – visit our programme of presentations university@LEARNTEC and discover many more different ideas for your university on all three days of the trade fair.

Topic area corporate

Topic area corporate

The growing trend towards digitisation is changing the way in which we live, teach and work – both today and in the future. These days, practical, life-long education is scarcely imaginable without the use of digital media.

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