Scenarios for peer-to-peer learning in construction with emerging forms of collaborative computing
Many small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Europe are interested in finding new methods of training and workplace learning. Technology-enhanced practices of peer-to-peer learning may offer various new possibilities for SMEs. In this study we consider emerging technologies for informal learning in construction work. These technologies include wearable computing, invisible and ambient computing, augmented reality and novel interaction technologies. Three preliminary scenarios presented in this paper demonstrate how these technologies may be used. These scenarios have been developed, with a focus on the use of technology within a community supporting peer-to-peer learning, that may negate some of the social concerns of wearable and ubiquitous technologies. The inclusion of the construction workers in the design process, combined with smart design, is expected to find acceptable and fair solutions. It remains to be seen whether construction industry work communities will support this assertion.