The Learning Problems Behind the Seams in Seamless Learning

  • Bernadette DilgerEmail author
  • Luci Gommers
  • Christian Rapp
Part of the Lecture Notes in Educational Technology book series (LNET)


Learning increasingly takes places across different contexts in space (e.g., formal and informal settings) and time (e.g., lifelong learning). Seamless learning draws attention towards the potential, but also to the problems that may occur when learning across contexts. While major seams have been identified and many case studies conducted, the theoretical foundation of seamless learning does not seem as yet to have been sufficiently established. This chapter aims to consider the further conceptual development of seamless learning. Based on learning theories, we utilise the ten dimensions of mobile seamless learning in order to highlight the problems that can often lay behind the seams. The analyses build upon (re-)scoping seamless learning into seam-aware learning. Based on this, we have developed a set of learning strategies that aims to help learners to integrate their experiences made within different contexts. Then, we propose a small number of didactic design principles that foster the aforementioned learning strategies. As an outcome, this chapter aims to focus our understanding of the problem and to define the necessary learning competences. We also provide insight into these initial seam-aware design principles. Consequently, this chapter is addressed both to theorists as well as practitioners in the area of seamless learning.


Seamless learning Seam-aware learning Learning theory Design principles High-impact pedagogies 



This research was conducted within the Seamless Learning Laboratory ( IBH Labs were created on the initiative of the International Lake Constance University (IBH) and the International Lake Constance Conference (IBK), and are funded by the ‘Alpenrhein-Bodensee-Hochrhein’ Interreg V programme.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bernadette Dilger
    • 1
    Email author
  • Luci Gommers
    • 1
  • Christian Rapp
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute for Business Education and Educational Management – Schools, Higher Education & Vocational EducationUniversity of St. GallenGallenSwitzerland
  2. 2.Department of Management and LawCenter for Innovative Teaching and Learning, Zurich University of Applied Sciences, ZHAW, SML, ZIDWinterthurSwitzerland

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