Concepts and Cases
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Section 3 Mobile simulations and laboratories: Preparing learners for work Michael E. Auer, Arthur Edwards and Danilo Garbi Zutin 10 Online laboratories in interactive mobile learning environments Abstract Work-based mobile learning is increasingly becoming one of the most important means of providing knowledge, skills and competencies to the workforce. Traditionally, on-the-job training has been the educational ‘deliv- ery’ choice over many years. Recently, however, the increased capacity of the internet and wireless communication has changed the focus from learning while on the job to the assistance of a person providing constant support to a system where wireless mobile technologies can provide this assistance both in the workplace, or just about any other location the learner chooses. This f lexibility takes learning from a traditionally one-on-one experience, where a worker serves to train a coworker, to a situation where individu- als can, in large part, train themselves, without the constraints of having a trainer present or having to be physically present in the workplace itself. This chapter provides a discussion of online laboratories and moves into a discussion of work-based mobile learning based on theories that substanti- ate the use of this modality. It concludes by providing technical details of an online learning environment to provide remote or mobile work-based experimental practice in the area of engineering. 220 Michael E. Auer, Arthur Edwards andDanilo Garbi Zutin Introduction Work-based education, in its most rudimentary form, was primarily used in apprenticeship programs. In these programs, the role of the artisan was to personally...
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