The Changing World of Work Team

Barbara Kieslinger

Dr. Barbara Kieslinger is the project coordinator of EmployID, a European project on professional identity transformations in Public Employment Services. Barbara holds a PhD in Livelong Learning from the Alpen Adria University Klagenfurt. Her research work is currently focusing on social networking in educational contexts, the use of of social media in knowledge transfer, innovative pedagogical approaches and the relation between technological and social innovations in the field of education. Barbara has extensive experience in international research management and networking activities. She has coordinated many eLearning project, has taken a leading role in related Networks of Excellence and forms regularly part of conference program committees, such as EC-TEL, iKnow or JTEL.

Alan Brown

Alan Brown is a Professorial Fellow at the Institute for Employment Research at the University of Warwick. His interests focus on career development; changing work-related identities; career adaptability (ability to make successful transitions and perform effectively in a range of contexts); workplace learning; learning processes (e.g. coaching and supporting the learning of others); learning across domains (practical; cognitive and affective); and computer-supported collaborative learning. He is involved in the EmployID project working across a number of these areas.

Angela Rees

Hi I’m Angela Rees. I work as a researcher and trainer for Pontydysgu and am based in beautiful rainy Wales. I specialise in education technology, open badges and creating online teaching and learning resources.

My favourite thing to do is to play with technology, if I’m not working on a website you will usually find me testing out a new kids app or playing with wires. I’m also interested in makerspaces and open/digital badges.

Jenny Bimrose

Many research projects on which Jenny has worked have focused on the area of the theory and practice of career counselling and guidance and on the career development of women. Ongoing research interests include supporting career guidance and employment practitioners in their use of labour market information (LMI) in practice, together with ICT; the theory and practice of careers guidance; the decision-making styles and career trajectories of individuals across Europe; the implications for career guidance of women’s career development; the application of career adaptability in careers practice; examining knowledge maturing processes within and between organisations; and exploring ways of supporting Public Employment Service (PES) Practitioners in their ongoing professional identity transformation through the use of ICT.

Rachel Mulvey

Rachel Mulvey is a chartered psychologist (British Psychological Society) and national teaching fellow (Higher Education Academy).  Her professional identity is located in career theory and practice.  Having trained as a careers adviser, she worked as practitioner and manager in careers services and further education, then led Master’s training for career guidance professionals.
She writes for a wide range of readers; not only academic journal articles, but also handbooks for the training of career professionals, and self-help books for graduate jobseekers.  Rachel has advised government departments on national policy for career guidance, and was Vice Chair of the parliamentary task force on the career guidance profession, which drew on her expertise in public policy and leadership of professionals.

Carmen Wolf

Carmen studied Vocational Education and Training and General Pedagogics as main subject and English studies as minor subject at Stuttgart University from 2005 to 2008. She completed with the academic degree bachelor of arts. From 2008 till 2010 she studied General Pedagogics with focus on Vocational Education and Training at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and completed with the academic degree master of arts. Since 2011 she is academic staff at the Institute of vocational education and training at KIT and qualifies herself part-time as a certified professional business coach. Her research on coaching started with her master thesis and continues with her PhD project as well as the introduction of coaching into her teaching and the offer of free coaching for her students. Her main focus is systemic-solution-oriented and resource-oriented coaching, teaching and learning concepts, e-learning, e-coaching, microlearning and learning theories. Since beginning of 2013 she is accepted as a PhD-student at the Faculty for Humanities and Social Science at KIT and accomplished her further studies to be a certified professional business coach at Fuehrungsakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg (Leadership Academy Baden-Wuerttemberg) and Karlsruher Institut fuer Coaching, Personal- und Organisationsentwicklung (KIC; Karlsruhe Institute of Coaching, Human Resource and Organisational Development), Karlsruhe (Germany) in October 2013. The further study offer is certified by one of Germanys well-known and most influencing coaching federation “Deutscher Bundesverband fuer Coaching (DBVC e.V.) (German Federal Association for Executive Coaching)”. In beginning 2013 she started with a further study to become a “multimedia, virtual Coach” at the KIC (in cooperation with CAI GmbH) which she finished successfully in 2014.

Deirdre Hughes

With over 25 years of experience working in careers, employment & skills policy, research and practice,
Deirdre has combined her academic research and teaching with senior advisory roles reporting to Ministers in the UK. Her PhD on the UK Evidence-Base for Careers Work has contributed to various reports to Governments, as well as post-graduate and doctoral level programmes of study. Her research interests include Employment and skills policies; the marketisation of careers work; identity transformation in Public Employment Services across Europe; urban approaches to career development for young people; career decision making; career dialogue, assessing and measuring the impact of careers education and guidance programmes and interventions; quality and evidence-based approaches to careers work; the inter-relationship between peer to peer coaching, labour market intelligence/information and ICT in careers services and public administration systems.

Graham Attwell

Graham Attwell is Director of Pontydysgu. An Associate Fellow of the University of Warwick and a Gastwissenschaftler at the University of Bremen, he is a leading researcher on the use of technology for learning and knowledge sharing and development.  His work is particularly focused on the use of technology to support work based learning and vocational education and training. He has worked as a consultant for many international organisations and has published a book for the European Commission on the use of ICT for learning in SMEs. He is experienced in the development of multi media learning materials and has published widely in journals and books.

Zoe Wareing

Zoe works for the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) as a Capability & Learning Design Manager.  She supports the development of workplace learning to build staffs capability to deliver outstanding service and support and coach our customers to achieve financial independence and guidance into employment.

DWP is the largest government department in the UK and is responsible for welfare, pensions and child maintenance policy.  As the UK’s biggest public service department it administers the State Pension and a range of working age, disability and ill health benefits for over 22 million claimants and customers.

Michael Prilla

Professor for Human-Centered Information Systems at the Technical University Clausthal.

His primary interests are computer supported cooperative work and learning, human computer interaction and the improvement of cooperative work processes. His current focus is set on developing support in cases in which real and virtual worlds are merging. This includes, for example, the development of cooperative learning and reflection in workplaces, where tools need to be tightly integrated into work processes, and the development of cooperative augmented reality applications that help people in their daily work. He also has a focus area in supporting medical and care professionals with IT tools. He worked on this focus in his role as the lead for the work package “Collaborative knowledge construction” in the European Project “MIRROR” (FP 7) and as project lead for a German project dealing with technologies in healthcare. Earlier, he was responsible for research in projects on international service engineering, innovation processes at work and several consulting activities on work and service processes in companies. He is a member of the German HCI steering committee and has published more than 90 scientific papers in conferences such as ACM Group, ECSCW and CSCL as well as journals such as the Journal for Computer Supported Cooperative Work and the Communications of the ACM.  He serves on boards for several conferences such as ACM Group, CHI, CSCW and ECSCW. In the MOOC he will help people to learn about and apply reflection techniques in their daily work.

Pablo Franzolini

Pablo Franzolini is Economist with MSc. in Information System from the London School of Economics, since 2002 working in the areas of Knowledge Maturing for enterprizes, contributing also to R&D projects like LearningInProcess, Content4All and MATURE. Lately focusing on how Technology Enhanced Coaching can support Knowledge Maturing and increase increase motivation and performance. Pablo is also interested in how technology can support coaching for informal learning in organizations and is an experienced coach and trainer in coaching and peer coaching.

John Marsh

I worked for the DWP until I retired in 2015. I was a Learning and Development professional and worked mainly on skills learning. I was fortunate to be able to design some of the notable L&D products for DWP e.g. Solution Focused Approach and Claimant Commitment (which was delivered to 26.000 staff and for which I received a favourable mention in Hansard). I was DWPs Project Manager for the first EmployID MOOC pilot. Prior to L&D I was a Jobcentre Manager and District Customer Services Manager. As a JCM I managed Work Coaches, Disability Employment Advisers and front line staff. As DCSM I ensured that my District achieved and adhered to the Mystery Shopper programme. I have also been a Marketing Officer, DWP qualified Staff Trainer as well as a qualified NVQ Assessor.

Oliver Blunk

Oliver Blunk is a phd student working at the Technial University Clausthal. His main research interests are supporting people reflecting at work. Before working in EmployID he studied business information science at the Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences earning a bachelors degree. Following that he got a double masters degree in business information science at the Reutlingen University and Information Science at Swinburne University (Melbourne).

Katarina Curkovic

I have been working in Croatian Employment Service (CES) for last ten years in the Central office in the
Employment Preparation Department. My main area of work is career guidance and counselling but I am also involved in different activities and projects dealing with labor market, human resource development, both on national and European level. Beside my work experience in CES, I am also trained in different cognitive behavioral techniques (such as mindfulness based approach). Currently I am in my final stage of training to become cognitive behavioral therapist and practice my
counselling skills in student counselling center.