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Project: Work-based mobile learning: concepts and cases.




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Country   UK, Switzerland, Germany
Year   2011
Project owner and copyright holder   Norbert Pachler, Christoph Pimmer, Judith Seipold

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  work-based mobile learning, theory, practice, case studies

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  Judith Seipold , London Mobile Learning Group (LMLG)

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Context / rationale

Mobile learning is a rapidly expanding field. Its growing importance is reflected for example in the rising number of conferences and journals. Mobile phones were identified in the Horizon Report (2009) as the technologies with the highest likelihood of entry into the mainstream of learning-focused institutions within the next year. Issues surrounding mobile learning in workbased contexts have only been marginally covered to date despite the potentially huge impact of mobile technologies on supporting work-based learning activities.

Against the background of an increasingly mobile workforce, technological innovations and a changing corporate learning landscape, the central question of this book will be how mobile devices can be used to support work-based learning.

Focus is on theoretical frameworks, concepts as well as latest empirical results in the field of work-based mobile learning. The aim is to provide innovative approaches of how mobile devices can encourage work-based learning activities. Contributions will relate to placements as part of education courses, to (semi-formal) on-the job training provided within organisations or to the manifold forms of informal and incidental learning experiences at the work place. Also, contributions, which consider life-long learning as a sustainable basis for work-based learning and critical reviews of cultural implications of work-based learning, will be part of the publication.

Topics of interest in the field of mobile work-based learning include, but are by no means limited to:

  • collaboration,
  • mentoring, coaching & facilitating
  • creation, reflection and sharing of learning materials,
  • assessment methods,
  • contextualisation and personalisation of content,
  • location awareness,
  • performance support,
  • just-in-time learning.

Project outcomes

Work-Based Mobile Learning. Concepts and Cases.
Edited by Norbert Pachler, Christoph Pimmer and Judith Seipold
Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien, 2011.
ISBN 978-3-03911-982-0 pb.

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About the book:

The increasing use of mobile devices in work contexts has the potential to alter our work and learning practices. This is particularly true for knowledge workers. In addressing the implications of this transformation the book offers a multi-faceted collection of different concepts and cases of mobile learning in work environments from international contexts. The contributions are centred on the question of how individual users and organisations can harness mobile devices for  learning and education. The range of examples presented in this book demonstrates that mobile devices foster situated approaches to learning in and across work contexts. The book is targeted at both practitioners - trainers or managers in charge of in-company training - and researchers, who are interested in designing, implementing or evaluating work-based mobile learning.


- Norbert Pachler/Christoph Pimmer/Judith Seipold: Work-based mobile learning: an overview

- Karen Evans: Work-based learning: Setting the scene

- Ceridwen Coulby/Julie Laxton/Stuart Boomer/Nancy Davies: Mobile technology and assessment: A case study from the ALPS programme

- Lucy Stone: The WoLF project: Work-based Learners in Further Education

- Selena Chan: Becoming a baker: Using mobile phones to compile e-portfolios

- Ruth Wallace: The affordances of mobile learning that can engage disenfranchised learner identities in formal education

- Claudia de Witt/Sonja Ganguin/Maciej Kuszpa/Sandro Mengel: Mobile learning in the process of work: Participation, knowledge and experience for professional development

- Geoff Stead/Martin Good: Mobile learning in vocational settings: Lessons from the E-Ten BLOOM project

- Liza Wohlfart/Simone Martinetz/Alexander Schletz: From know-how to knowledge: Exploring Web 2.0 concepts for sharing hands-on service expertise

- Michael E. Auer/Arthur Edwards/Danilo Garbi Zutin: Online laboratories in interactive mobile learning environments

- Sarah Cornelius/Phil Marston: Work-based simulations: Using text messaging and the role of the virtual context

- Kevin Burden/Sandy Schuck/Peter Aubusson: Ethical professional mobile learning for teaching and nursing workplaces

- Jocelyn Wishart: Ethical concerns relevant to researching work-based mobile learning

- Christoph Pimmer/Urs Gröhbiel: Mobile learning in corporate settings: Results from an expert survey

- Jocelyn Wishart/David Green: Future scenarios for workplace-based mobile learning.