Forum II

Learning venues with a future: cooperative and digital

The learning venues of the vocational school and the company are the central characteristic of the dual system and serve the purpose of imparting employability skills. They are supplemented by inter-company vocational training centres, which perform important training tasks in the craft trade sector in particular.

This forum will focus on vocational education and training practice at the various learning venues and on their stakeholders, VET staff. Questions relating to the potential and prerequisites for successful cooperation between learning venues will be discussed against the background of challenges such as growing heterogeneity of trainees and the increased requirements brought about by ongoing digitalisation of learning and work processes.

Another topic to be addressed will be the use of modern forms of teaching and learning and the associated didactic and methodological requirements. For this purpose, speakers will present relevant practical examples of the deployment of digital media in vocational education and training, innovative train-the-trainer approaches and results from programmes and pilot projects on the structuring of attractive VET. A final podium discussion will explore the prerequisites for and areas of potential offered by successful cooperation between learning venues.


7 June 2018 Thematic block 1:
Learning venues and cooperation between learning venues in vocational education and training

2:45 pm Introduction from the chair
Brief film “Learning venue cooperation in joiner training – vocational school and training centre of the Cologne Chamber of Crafts and Trades (Butzweilerhof)”
Professor Michael Heister, Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB)
3:00 pm Keynote presentation
Why does cooperation between learning venues not hurt?
Professor Detlef Buschfeld, University of Cologne
3:40 pm The NAUZUBI pilot project
Cooperation between learning venues on the subject of sustainability in training
Professor Daniel Pittich, University of Siegen
4:05 pm Project on literacy in training
eVideoTransfer – web-based training for apprentices in the fields of logistics, hotel and restaurant services and industrial cleaning
Björn Schulz, ARBEIT UND LEBEN e.V. – German Trade Union Confederation/Adult Education Services Berlin-Brandenburg
4:30 pm Break
5:00 pm Learning venue of inter-company training centres – role and areas of potential
Christiane Köhlmann-Eckel, Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB) Alexandra Kurz, Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB)
5:30 pm Successfully overcoming the digital shift in the craft trades
Christoph Krause, Koblenz Chamber of Crafts and Trades
6:00 pm „BAU’S MIT BIM” – linking staged training in the construction industry with the Building Information Modelling method
Michael Wieczorek, Occupational Training Organisation of the Construction Industry in Saxony, Glauchau Inter-Company Training Centre
6:30 pm End of the forum


8 June 2018 Thematic block 2:
Teaching and learning in the age of digitalisation

8:30 am Introduction and moderation
Michael Härtel, Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB)
8:45 am Media pedagogical competence of training staff at learning venues in the dual system
Michael Härtel, Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB)
Dr. Henning Klaffke, Institute of Technical Education and University Didactics
9:15 am Teaching and learning using tablets
Project on the use of tablets at vocational schools in Baden-Württemberg

Michael Krüger, Ministry of Cultural Affairs, Young People and Sport of the State of Baden-Württemberg
9:45 am Learning e-Mobility Plus
Innovative methods and strategies for joint learning in cooperation with vocational schools, institutes of higher education and companies in the field of electro mobility
EU project (countries involved – Germany, Italy and Poland)
Professor Michael Lindemann, University of Applied Sciences Berlin
Grazyna Wittgen, Berlin Society for International Cooperation (BGZ)
10:15 am Break
10:30 am Development of teaching and learning using digital media at the company
Wolfgang Reichelt, DEKRA Media GmbH
11:00 am Final debate
Teaching and learning in the digital age – new challenges and areas of potential for learning venue cooperation too?
Matthias Anbuhl, National Executive, German Trade Union Confederation (DGB)
Günter Fuchs, Oskar von Miller School, Kassel
Professor Michael Heister, Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB)
Sonja Weiss, Freiburg Commercial Academy

Moderation: Michael Härtel, Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB)

12:15 pm End of the forum

Björn Schulz

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Björn Schulz, ARBEIT UND LEBEN (DGB/VHS) Berlin Brandenburg

Björn Schulz is head of the department "Arbeit und Qualifizierung" at ARBEIT UND LEBEN (DGB/VHS) Berlin Brandenburg. In this position he is responsible for the BMBF-funded project "eVideoTransfer". In this project, under the label „eVideo“, web-based trainings for workplace-oriented basic education are developed and implemented. Through this work, Björn Schulz is also concerned with questions on mobile learning, e-learning design, blended learning and learning place linking. From 2002 to 2009 Björn Schulz studied Political Science, Italian Language and Literature and Scandinavian Language and Literature in Greifswald, Lund / Sweden, Potsdam and Berlin. After working for the Bundesnetzwerk Bürgerschaftliches Engagement (BBE, National Network for Civil Society), Björn Schulz changed to ARBEIT UND LEBEN (DGB/VHS) Berlin Brandenburg in early 2011, where he initially worked in various projects. Since 2012 he is working on the development of digital workplace-oriented basic education trainings.

Dr. Henning Klaffke

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Dr. Henning Klaffke is Senior Research Manager at the Institute of Technical Education and University Didactics (ITBH) at the Hamburg University of Technology(TUHH). As member of the head team Dr. Klaffke is responsible for all institute research projects. The main topics in research are: digitization in TVET and higher education, guidance and counselling concepts for students, academic further education concepts and qualification research in TVET.

Dr. Klaffke is carpenter and teacher in TVET for woodworking and IT-technology. After his university degree he was research assistant at the Institute of Technology, Work Processes and TVET. After that he worked for two years as Senior Expert and consultant at the ministry of manpower of the Sultanate of Oman to improve the vocational system. Since his PhD in the year 2014 Dr. Klaffke is Senior Research Manager at the ITBH

Michael Krüger

Michael Krüger, Ministerium für Kultus, Jugend und Sport Baden-Württemberg

Mr. Michael Krüger holds the position as head of department for vocational schools at the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the state of Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany. After a completed dual vocational training as a toolmaker and his graduation from university with a degree in mechanical engineering he has been working in the educational system of the state of Baden-Wuerttemberg from 1980 on. As a start of his professional life he worked as a teacher for machine technology and mathematics at vocational schools in Lörrach and Tübingen before continuing his career in the field of school supervision and school counselling.

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Michael Lindemann

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2013: Teaching and Research in the Fields of Automotive Electrics, Electronics, and Mechatronics

2011: Award for Excellent Teaching at HTW Berlin in Summer Term 2011

2010: Head of Department of Automotive Engineering at HTW Berlin

2009: Appointment to Professor at HTW Berlin

2006: Team Manager for Driving Concepts and Simulation at IAV Berlin

2002: Technical Specialist for Signal Processing and Simulation at IAV Berlin

2002: Award for „Excellent Dissertation in the Field of „Measuring Technology“ from the Professoral Committee for Measuring Technology e.V.

2000: Development Engineer at IAV GmbH Berlin

2000: Dissertation about “Misfire Detection with Knock Sensors”

1995: Diploma in Electrotechnical Engineering at TU Berlin

Grazyna Wittgen

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GRAZYNA WITTGEN: Project Manager. Graduate of German studies. Over 30 years of professional experience in the field of vocational education and training (including pedagogical direction of an education provider in Berlin, educational counseling and apprenticeship placement). Proven track record and expertise regarding the education systems in Europe – capacity building, curriculum development, competence standards, certification, EQF/ECVET, innovative teaching and learning models, methods and tools, development of learning material. Long-term experience in establishing and maintaining networks, coordination and guidance of international teams. 20 years of experience in project management. At the BGZ project manager for national and European cooperation projects on vocational education and training as well as employment promotion (Lifelong learning / Erasmus+, ESF/BMBF, INTI, a.o.).

Sonja Weiss

Internships abroad in dental technology and dentistry (Lyon, France)

Dual Education/Training as a dental technician

USA/Los Angeles, CA, Glendale College, Dataprocessing, different datalanguages

Parental Time (Jan Carl *1985, Marc William *1987, Sophie Luise *1991)

Dental Technician at the commercial laboratory Erdrich in Waldkirch

„Zahntechnikermeisterin“ Master’s Certificate

Since 2005
Master Trainer at the Gewerbeakademie (Chamber of Crafts, Freiburg)

Project Manager „Competence Center of Digital Dental Engineering”

Since 2016
Project Manager „Dental Digital ³“ Digitation of Training and Education