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Work-Based Mobile Learning

Pachler, Norbert / Pimmer, Christoph / Seipold, Judith (eds)

Work-Based Mobile Learning

Concepts and Cases

Year of Publication: 2011

Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien, 2011. XII, 403 pp., num. ill., tables and graphs
ISBN 978-3-03911-982-0 pb.  (Softcover)

Weight: 0.590 kg, 1.301 lbs

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Book synopsis

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.


Contents: 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.

About the author(s)/editor(s)

Norbert Pachler is Professor of Education and Pro-Director: Professional Education at the Institute of Education, University of London. He is also the convenor of the London Mobile Learning Group. His research interests include foreign language pedagogy, teacher education and development, and new technologies in education. He has published widely in these fields.
Christoph Pimmer is a research fellow at the University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland. He has worked on several projects in the field of technology-enhanced learning and mobile learning. His current research interest includes work-based mobile learning with a particular focus on mobile learning in clinical settings.
Judith Seipold is a professional in the field of media education. Her current research is on mobile learning as agentive and meaningful activity in school and everyday life.


«Pachler and colleagues present a very timely collection of articles describing cases and educational perspectives concerning the use and potential for mobile devices, in particular cellphones, as tools in workplace education settings. [...] This is a most informative book tackling up-to-the-minute issues which educators moving into the mobile realm need to consider urgently.» (Dr Robyn Smyth, British Journal of Educational Technology)