A workday in Berlin

On Thursday 8 December I had some appointments in Berlin. In the morning a meeting with Target Process and in the afternoon the Berlin School of Economics and Law.

Worlds of Agora and the use of different sources to complete the challenges

Worlds of Agora and the use of different sources to complete the challenges

Target Process

The first meeting was with Target Process, a company that has developed a online software tool for visualising complex work. If we speak about complexity, then learning is maybe one of the complexes. I met Ole from Target Process at the coworkingspace Factory Berlin. The community place of innovators in Berlin. A great place where you can feel the vibe of innovation.

The relationship between Agora Roermond and Target Process exists since 2013. They are one of the key-partners. At Agora Roermond students and teachers use Target Process to visualise their (learning) activities to make the complex learning process transparent for themselves and others. Small digital Post-it cards are the basic elements. You can put on these cards several useful information about challenges, questions and tasks. The power of Target Process is to manage this complex data and visualise this all in an easy way.

A new feature in Target Process is the visualisation of data in graphs generated by Vizydrop. For researchers, teachers, students and even parents this is a very welcome feature. In our research (Agile in Education and how digital tools can support the learning process), this feature can support the monitoring and reflection phases in the learning process.

Open Badges

Disign canvas of a open badge by digitalme.co.uk

Disign canvas of a open badge by digitalme.co.uk

The first session at the Berlin School of Economics and Law was about a meeting with focus a group in an Erasmus Plus Project and an exchange. The focus group had to discuss a guideline document about ‘how to use and do the implementation of Open Badges in Education’. The session was facilitated by Ilona Buchem and Björn Lefeld. The difficulty of using the badges is to design the badge and to appreciate the outcomes of the activity. I really liked the design canvas of Open Badges. Something that could be used in Agile Learning by setup criteria of a challenge, a question or a task. You can find the template of the Open Badges Canvas here.

Digitalisation strategy Beuth-Hochschule für Technik Berlin

The third session was an exchange on the digitisation strategy of the Beuth-Hochschule für Technik Berlin also at the Berlin School of Economics and Law. The goal of the schoolboard is to change the way student follow courses. The faculties have to create a blended learning environment (50% digital and 50% offline). She explained how the school developed a strategy where the different faculties had autonomy in the design and implementation.
I suggested to use the Group Concept Mapping method in the brainstorm-phase, because of the structure of the method and the possibilities to analyse the input of the users on a higher level. The method generates Go-Zones for the development which can be very useful to have a transparent strategy.

 

Many thanks to…

The trip started on Thursday at 4:45 AM and ended at Friday at 1:30 AM. Many thanks to the pioneers and brothers Orvile and Wilbur Wright.

 

Author Guido van Dijk

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