Using Mobile Devices to Support Workplace Learning
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There exists a body of research on authentic and situated learning and assessment which highlights the benefits of such approaches to learning. There is also research available on how technology can be used to support learning. However, less is available in the form of comparative research regarding technology supported learning versus “classroom-based” learning (particularly for workbased learning). This project examines precisely this area: comparing traditional classroom/ input-based training for staff in a given topic (away from the workplace) with technology enhanced learning delivered in the workplace, on mobile devices, as close to the realities of the job role as possible, as an alternative delivery model. In this comparative case study the data supports the view that although there are challenges in deploying learning on mobile devices, the approach would appear to be as effective as the classroom approach and, the use of mobile technologies provides certain key benefits around managing the logistics to learning and development as well as increasing the sense of ownership and control over the experience by learners.