MATURE Project News
As a result of the work conducted within MATURE, Pontydysgu and the Institute for Employment Research, Warwick University, announce a new web site (CareersTalk), providing access to the ongoing research and development into careers guidance and in particular, the use of new technology to support careers guidance. Much of this work has been also supported by the G8WAY project.
On September 29, 2011, MATURE has invited career guidance decision makers, researchers, and practitioners to Warwick, UK for an interactive demonstration of MATURE tools. Almost 50 participants discussed with the MATURE team on the usefulness and potential of the people tagging demonstrator, the widget-based environment for developing and sharing LMI related content, the LMI visualization tool, and learning and development modules. The participants have been very interested in using the tools, and as part of the plenary discussion, many interesting ideas for further development have come up that the MATURE team will explore further.
The slides and additional material are available from http://mature-ip.eu/event/warwick2011
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1. Vision & position
2. Open Journey
- Focus on open design, open research and open practice
- Briefly look at open scholarship, open teaching, open learning, open pedagogy and open policy.
3. Open Questions
Open design questions
Last week, the project team, the expert reviewers and the project officer were in Innsbruck to assess the outcome of the third year of MATURE and to give guidance on the fourth and final year of MATURE. We had long and very interesting and constructive discussions, and we are happy that the review panel thinks that we have continued to make excellent progress, particularly by a sustained and successful agile approach to project management (which is not seen frequently in EU projects).
The MATURE team organized an exciting workshop on Motivational, Social, and Cultural Aspects of knowledge management at this year's Professional Knowledge Management conference in Innsbruck.
Organized by the Tyrolean "Standortagentur" and hosted by Ronald Maier at the University of Innsbruck, the talkIT workshop centered around the topic of entrepreneurial knowledge management and how it affects the competencies required by IT employees.
Beginning of this week, the biennial knowledge management conference WM 2011 took place in Innsbruck, Austria, organized by Ronald Maier and his team. It provided a great opportunity to discuss about MATURE concepts and solutions with experts in the field and practitioners from industry, both large companies and SMEs. Among them were also several associate partners of MATURE's network. MATURE's stand provided a forum for this, and the whole MATURE team among the participants of the conference took a chance for informing and discussing during the coffee and lunch breaks.
The Editorial paper written by Andrew Ravenscroft, “Social software, Web 2.0 and learning: status and implications of an evolving paradigm”, was ranked in the top 20 most downloaded articles from the Journal of Computer Assisted Learning in 2009. The paper was downloaded a total of 1598 times.
JCAL is A-Rated with an Impact Factor greater than 1 (about 1.4). This was from a Special Issue where Andrew was the invited Guest Editor, The paper can be accessed from
The success of this Special Issue has led to a further Special Issue on the "Design and Evaluation of Social Media for Learning" that Andrew is co-editing with Steve Warburton, Stylianos Hatzipanagos and Grainne Conole, and members of the the MATURE team - Ravenscroft, Schmidt, Cook and Bradley - are also finalising an article for this based on the MATURE design methodology and formative evaluation.