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Call for papers: Rethinking Learning and Employment at a time of economic uncertainty

Chris Kew
Last modified 03 Jul, 2009
Published 03 Jul, 2009
The final workshop of the TenCompetence project is being held in the Radisson Edwardian Hotel, Manchester on the 19th and 20th November 2009.

The workshop is co-located with the annual conference of the CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development) in Manchester (17th – 19th November), which is being held at the Manchester Conference Centre (opposite the Radisson Edwardian Hotel).

Workshop chairs: Dai Griffiths and Rob Koper


All papers accepted for the workshop will be published in the workshop proceedings with ISBN and will distributed to the participants after the workshop. We plan to submit the best papers to a special issue of a Journal (to be announced shortly).


For some years there has been an awareness that the pace of social, technical and economic change in a global environment required increasing adaptability in businesses and organisations, and in the people who work in them. Knowledge and personal skills needed to be complemented with an ability to respond creatively to challenges and to work in groups and social networks which may be radically distributed. The current economic crisis has meant that this flexibility and lifelong learning are no longer simply desirable goals, but rather essential factors in maintaining the viability of our economies and societies, and to ensure a fulfilling work and social life for citizens.

From this perspective traditional qualifications curricula and career structures are too rigid to be appropriate in the new conditions. Similarly methods of evaluation, personnel selection and human resources processes do not always correspond to the real requirements of today's jobs. Even if these issues were resolved, legacy technical systems can also make it very hard to adapt practice.

In this workshop we will be examining a number of inescapable issues raised by this situation, including:

· What competences are needed by workers and organisations if they are to be successful in today's economy, and how can they best be defined and managed?

· How can assessment represent the richness of personal capabilities and activities?

· Should the locus of learning be moved to the workplace, and if so, how?

· What is the role of the teacher when the classroom is no longer the centre of attention? What are the implications for the design and support of learning activities?

· How can personal capabilities such as creativity be defined and acquired and assessed?

· What is the impact and potential of changing technology, and in particular mash-ups, Open Educational resources and online social networks?

In order to make progress on these issues, research into the effectiveness of current practice, and the development of new models and theories is needed. But it is of little use without practical initiatives to establish new practices, processes and applications. This conference seeks to gather the latest research and theoretical perspectives on all aspects of lifelong competence develoment, and to explore the ways in which they can be applied in transforming organisations and practice.


To gain traction on these questions, papers are invited which report on relevant research on educational, organisational and technical aspects. Topics include but are not limited to:

· Organisational and institutional innovation

  • New social theories and practices which have implications for the competence development
  • Models and tools supporting work-based learning
  • Issues of inclusion and access related to the design of educational applications
  • Methods and models for collaboration between institutions and companies in lifelong competence/professional development

· Management of competences

  • Competence description frameworks for professions
  • Monitoring (changes in) competences in professions
  • Competence assessment and learner positioning
  • Personal data, profiles, and portable ePortfolios for competence registration

· Designing and support of learning and competence development

  • The role of the teacher in a distributed environment
  • Methods and tools for learner support in distributed environments
  • Designing learning activities to develop creativity and flexible thinking
  • Learning design for formal and informal lifelong learning and competence development
  • Methods and tools to support peer tutoring, teaching, mentoring, coaching, etc
  • Dynamic discovery of, and collaboration between, informal learning groups
  • Authoring, discovery, advise and/or exchange of learning activities or units of learning
  • Personalised and collaborative trails using learning activities

· Knowledge management

  • Knowledge management issues related to competence development, lifelong learning or HRM
  • Technologies for the discovery of suitable learning resources
  • Collaborative filtering technologies, recommender systems for learning
  • Authoring, discovery, advise and/or exchange of knowledge resources
  • Personalised and collaborative trails using knowledge resources

· Design and use of technical infrastructure for lifelong competence development

  • Systems to support mash-ups
  • Mobile support for lifelong competence development
  • Social software used for lifelong competence development
  • Portable and flexible services for lifelong competence development
  • Design, implementation and use of Personal Learning Environments
  • Navigational support for users in learning networks
  • Open standards and specifications usable for learning networks
  • The Semantic Web and lifelong competence development
  • Technical problems and solutions arising from integrating educational institutions and the work environment

Submission details

Submission types and formats

Long papers: 4000 words

Short papers: 2000 words

Proposals for presentations, demonstrations and best practice cases: 1500 words

Submitted papers should

  • include an abstract of between 100 and 150 words
  • include up to 7 keywords
  • provide affiliation and email information for the authors
  • be formatted in the default styles of Open Office or Microsoft Word
  • include any figures in png format for the review process (higher resolution may be requested for print ready.

All submissions and inquiries should be made to

Submission deadline

All papers should be submitted for review by October 1st. Authors are welcome to submit before this date, which expedite the review process and give them more time to carry out any possible revisions.


Registration and publishing fees will be restricted to a small charge which may be made to cover catering expenses

Further details

For more details and updates on this event please visit

Chris Kew


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