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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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Section 3 Mobile simulations and laboratories: Preparing learners for work 217

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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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