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Professional Identity & Peer Coaching: ILIN presents EmployID at LearnTec

EmployID presents its approaches to faciliating professional identity transformation in Public Employment Services. This includes Peer Coaching, Social Learning Programmes, and Reflection. Come and visit us at booth B89 and discuss with us.

Andreas P. Schmidt is giving a presentation on Learning Technologies and Professional Identity Transformation on Tuesday at 16:20.

Vorstellung der neuen Studie Digital-vernetztes Denken in der Produktion

Auf einer Pressekonferenz in Frankfurt a./M. wurden am Freitag, den 04.11.2016, die Ergebnisse der Studie Digital-vernetztes Denken in der Produktion vorgestellt.

Das ILIN hat in der von der IMPULS-Stiftung des VDMA geförderten Studie den Stand der digitalen Vernetzung deutscher Maschinen- und Anlagenbauer und die dafür erforderlichen Schlüsselkompetenzen untersucht. Basierend auf einer neuen Umfrage unter VDMA-Mitgliedern und Interviews zeigt sich, dass viele Unternehmen bereits eine Digitalisierungsstrategie verfolgen. Viele haben auch schon entsprechende Produkte und Services entwickelt, weil sie in der Vernetzung und Digitalisierung einen klaren Mehrwert für ihre Kunden sehen und sich einig sind, dass dies zukunftsrelevante Entwicklungen sind. Handlungsbedarf besteht, wenn noch nicht alle Unternehmensbereiche konsequent in den Wandel einbezogen werden oder nicht alle erforderlichen Kompetenzen im Haus entwickelt werden können.

Die komplette Studie steht auf der Webseite der IMPULS-Stiftung zur Verfügung. Außerdem hat das ILIN einen Online-Selbsttest für Unternehmen entwickelt, die ihren eigenen Digitalisierungsstand testen und mit Unternehmen ähnlicher Größenklassen vergleichen möchten. 

Mit seinen vielfältigen Kompetenzen unterstützt das ILIN interessierte Unternehmen

  • bei einem ganzheitlichen Schnellcheck (Strategie, Technologie, Organisation, Kompetenzen, Produkte und Geschäftsmodelle) des bereits erreichten Standes bei der Umsetzung der digitalen Vernetzung (Industrie 4.0),
  • bei der Analyse der erforderlichen Schlüsselkompetenzen für die digitale Vernetzung und der Entwicklung geeigneter Maßnahmen,
  • bei der Entwicklung einer strategischen Roadmap zukünftig wichtiger Aktivitäten auf dem Weg zum digital vernetzten Unternehmen,
  • bei der Analyse und Entwicklung neuer Geschäftsmodelle für die digitale Vernetzung/Industrie 4.0,
  • bei der Analyse und Implementierung agiler Methoden und geeigneter Frameworks (Security, Prozesse) für die digital-vernetzte Transformation.

Wissenschaftliche Hilfskräfte für technische Aufgaben gesucht

Bei der Bearbeitung der diversen Projekte des ILIN fallen immer wieder Implementierungsaufgaben an. Derzeit wird beispielsweise ein webbasiertes Benchmarking-Tool auf Basis einer Fragebogen-Software (in PHP & JavaScript) entwickelt. Zur Mitarbeit bei der Konzeption und eigenverantwortlichen Implementierung solcher Tools im Umfeld unserer wissenschaftlichen Tätigkeit suchen wir technikaffine wissenschaftliche Hilfskräfte (zum Beispiel Studierende der Informatik oder Wirtschaftsinformatik) mit erster Programmiererfahrung. Wir bieten ein variables Arbeitspensum (min. 20 Stunden pro Monat), ein angenehmes Arbeitsklima und flexible Arbeitszeiten. Die Vergütung entspricht den allgemeinen Stundensätzen für studentische Hilfskräfte  (9,58€/Std  für Studierende ohne Hochschulabschluss bzw. 11,15€/Std für Studierende mit Bachelor-Abschluss). Bitte richten Sie Ihre Bewerbung oder Fragen direkt an Professor Steffen Kinkel oder an Tobias Kopp. Für weitere Details können Sie auch jederzeit mit den ILIN-Mitarbeitern im Raum M216 ins Gespräch kommen.

EmployID attested "extremely good progress" at mid-project review

EmployID had its annual review at EU premises in Luxembourg where project members were presenting a summary of the achievements of the second year. Experts from different fields provided their expertise and advice to the project and engaged in an exciting conversation with the project. The project has impressed the reviewers with the “very strong vision”, the “clear idea”, and that we are “well networked” in the domain. Together we discussed about ways of spreading even further the promising results and to increase the impact on all levels, and overall the project was perceived to have made "extremely good progress".
In the second year, the project had also made a move towards more integration with a single document (deliverable) across all the project activities, which is a unique move for research projects. This move was "hugely appreciated", and EmployID could set a benchmark for other projects. It was also recognized that this has been just one example of where the EmployID team has gone "beyond the DoW, which is rare these days". This has shown to the project that it is worth to go the extra mile towards excellence and rewarded the hard work of the whole project team.

Peer Coaching at LEARNTEC 2016

At this year's LEARNTEC congress, Christine Kunzmann (Pontysysgu Ltd.), Andreas P. Schmidt (University of Applied Sciences) and Carmen Wolf (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology) presented the results of the peer coaching activities in EmployID. Their presentation on “Mobiles Peer Coaching zur Verbesserung der europaweiten Teamarbeit und gegenseitige Unterstützung” (Mobile peer coaching to enhance europeanwide team work and mutual support) opened the congress and was attended by over 50 participants from a wide range of backgrounds, including science and education, employees of human resources and training centers, experts in e-learning in organizations and other interested LEARNTEC participants. 

New study shows: In-house production pays off

In-house production pays off and can increase profits and productivity, outsourcing harbors risks. This is the main result the study “The value of value added – advantages and necessity of local value chains” carried out by the ILIN and the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI. The study funded by the Ministry of Finance and Economics Baden-Wuerttemberg shows that in-house value creation has a significantly positive influence on profit and productivity. Outsourcing to foreign suppliers should therefore be assessed more critically. Manufacturing companies based in Baden-Wuerttemberg already have above-average in-house value added and should expand this path to success in future-oriented fields like electric mobility. The complete study is available in German.

David Zaki leaves ILIN

After three years of working in the LAYERS project, David Zaki has decided to accept an interesting new career opportunity at a software company in Karlsruhe.

We wish him all the best for the start in his new job!

Steffen Kinkel joined a delegation of the Minister-President on a visit to China

Pin Baden-Württemberg-China,

The future of the economic and scientific relations between the Federal State of Baden-Wuerttemberg and the People’s Republic of China were at the core of Minister-President Winfried Kretschmann’s one-week visit to China. Steffen Kinkel was part of the delegation comprising five ministers and numerous experts from science, research and leading companies in Baden-Wuerttemberg. Steffen Kinkel used the opportunity to establish further contacts with universities in China and German companies in the area. Last year the ILIN, the wbk Institute at the KIT and the Global Advanced Manufacturing Institute in Suzhou already carried out a study to assess industrial synergies between Suzhou und Baden-Wuerttemberg.

10 Years Anniversary of Knowledge Maturing Model at I-KNOW 2015

Ten years ago, at I-KNOW 2005, Andreas Schmidt presented the very first version of the knowledge maturing model was presented, aiming at integrating diverse perspectives on knowledge, at that time particularly technology-enhanced learning and knowledge management, then picking up the social media revolution, which challenged knowledge management research fundamentally. Since then, numerous cross-disciplinary research activities have contributed to the extension and refinement of the model, most notably as part of the MATURE project. At the heart is the insight that knowledge develops along distinct phases in which its characteristics and thus requirements for support change. It brings to­gether different perspectives and provides a frame­work for analysis and design of interventions. It has served many different purposes and spread to other research groups.

At this year's I-KNOW conference, Ronald Maier from University of Innsbruck and Andreas Schmidt were invited to organize a special track on Social Knowledge Management as a celebration of the ten years' anniversary, with support from Christine Kunzmann from Pontydysgu. As a contribution to the track, a new perspective on the pattern development process as a knowledge maturing process was presented that is based on the social learning approaches developed in the EmployID project. The track concluded with a look into the future and collecting remaining challenges for social knowledge management, many of which are already on the agenda in EmployID.

New research project ChampNet started

Beginning of May 2015, a new research has project started: ChampNet It focuses on the question How can social media platforms help to identify and nurture critical competencies in hidden champion companies in the light of demographic change?
The project is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Education & Research and co-ordinated by Steffen Kinkel. Andreas P. Schmidt contributes from a technical perspective.
Partners are University of the Armed Forces Munich, WILO, Sartorius, and BMW.



First Review of EmployID: Promising progress

Part of the EmployID team presented the first year's achievements to an expert panel of reviewers at Luxembourg. This particularly included the work of ILIN members on agile project management, a conceptual framework for the facilitation of identity transformation, and a comprehensive evaluation framework.

The project's progress was perceived to be be very promising as were the developed concepts. Also the agile approach as well as the integrated team was seen as a strong component in the project. Both the reviewers and the project members enjoyed the conversations very much, and it was reinforced that the ILIN contributions are at the heart of the project.

Heinrich-Blanc-Award 2014 for Tobias Kopp

Heinrich Blanc Förderpreis 2014

Our researcher Tobias Kopp won on October 15, 2014 the Heinrich-Blanc-Award (with a grant of 5.000€) for his innovative Masters thesis at Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences. The thesis was about market introduction of an innovative Ambient Assisted Living (AAL) product.


Here is the press release of Blanco (in German):

Open positions for researchers, developers, post-docs

We are expanding our research activities and are looking for motivated and creative people to join us. This includes

  • students or interns
  • researchers with bachelor or master-degree (with the option of pursuing a PhD degree)
  • post-docs

Depending on the different activities, we are looking for developers with experiences in state-of-the-art web and mobile technologies, researchers with background in computer science, business information systems and business administration, or post-docs in fields related to the research area of our institute.

There are plenty of opportunities to work with us.

Please contact Andreas P. Schmidt for more information.

LivingDocuments wins best demo paper award at I-KNOW 2014

At this year's I-KNOW conference, which is the major conference on knowledge management, the LivingDocuments system developed by Martin Bachl and David Zaki has won the Best Demo Paper award. The system has been presented to more than 500 participants of I-KNOW and ECTEL 2014, among a group of 29 demos. They were supported by Christine Kunzmann from Pontydysgu and Andreas Schmidt.


Martin Bachl, David Zaki, Andreas SchmidtChristine Kunzmann
Living Documents as a Collaboration and Knowledge Maturing Platform
In: International Conference on Knowledge Management (I-KNOW 2014), ACM, 2014

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