The organisation of on-the-job learning is collaboration between many actors. The teacher, the workplace tutor, as well as other members of the work community and the supervisor participate in the planning, implementation and monitoring of learning. The schedules are often challenging and the opportunities for face-to-face meetings limited. Flexible and fast digital tools are therefore needed to enable collaboration and communication.
Tools should be evaluated in view of their suitability and the objectives of the collaboration. For each workplace, it can be decided which things should be discussed face to face, which things should only be announced and where to utilise the digital tools regardless of time and place. Digital tools do not replace traditional meetings, but they support, diversify and intensify collaboration and learning.
Tools according to objectives
Applications such as Skype or Connect Pro may be utilised for communication. The teacher and the workplace tutor can monitor the process of on-the-job learning through WhatsApp, Facebook or SharePoint, for example. Videos, blogs or other similar tools made by the students act as tools for the documentation of learning, enabling both teachers and workplace tutors to easily provide feedback on work performed. The number and possibilities of digital tools increase all the time. Electronic tools make learning visible and strengthen collaboration.
The actors should jointly agree on the methods and tools used to enable close collaboration. The deployment of new tools also means continuous on-the-job learning and a new way of thinking for the users of the tools. By trying different things together, suitable tools for different situations and objectives can be found that also ensure continuous learning.