Concepts and Cases
Edited By Norbert Pachler, Christoph Pimmer and Judith Seipold
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Section 4 Ethical issues relevant for (researching) mobile learning Kevin Burden, Sandy Schuck and Peter Aubusson 12 Ethical professional mobile learning for teaching and nursing workplaces Abstract The ubiquity, accessibility and f lexibility of mobile technologies suggests they will be valuable for professional learning, particularly in professions where most of the work does not occur at a set workstation. This chapter focuses on two such professions: teaching and nursing. But their use by these professions is not unproblematic (Aubusson, Schuck and Burden, 2009; Fisher, Higgins and Loveless, 2006; Wishart, 2009). While mobile activities are likely to contribute to these professionals’ learning in the workplace, a tension arises regarding the ethical nature of such activities. This chapter explores the complexities and confusion faced by teachers and nurses in their use of work-based mobile learning. The chapter considers the ethical issues involved in the use of mobile technologies to capture, ref lect upon and share moments of professional learning in these work-based contexts. It suggests a number of ethical principles which might provide a useful guide for professional practice for teaching and nursing and beyond. Introduction One of the chapter’s authors attended a conference of professionals work- ing in multi-disciplinary teams to design new schools in the UK as part of the Building Schools of the Future (BSF) initiative (). During the conference dinner the author was engaged in conversation by a senior architect working on the project who described how he had used the video camera on his personal mobile phone to...
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