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Work-Based Mobile Learning

Concepts and Cases

Edited By Norbert Pachler, Christoph Pimmer and Judith Seipold

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.

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Introduction Norbert Pachler, Christoph Pimmer and Judith Seipold 1 Work-based mobile learning: an overview The central question of this book is how mobile devices can be used to support learning and competence development in work contexts. With this volume, Work-based mobile learning: concepts and cases, we of fer a multi-faceted collection of dif ferent concepts and cases of mobile learning in work environments from international 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 evalu- ating work-based mobile learning. As the handbook is – to our knowledge – the first title that is explicitly dedicated to the new and emerging field of work-based mobile learning, the contributions represent a starting point to build on, and to further develop and refine the empirical, conceptual and theoretical repertoire for this field. This chapter provides a brief introduction to work-based mobile learn- ing as well as an overview of the various chapters of this book. Beyond the key messages of the individual contributions, we also brief ly discuss themes that emerge across the dif ferent chapters on work-based mobile learning, issues according to which we have structured the book. The spe- cially commissioned chapter on work-based learning (WBL) following this introductory chapter is intended as a starting point for the analysis and interpretation of subsequent chapters, which explicitly problematise mobile learning in work contexts. As mobile devices allow the generation of multimedia material, in the first section of...

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