mLearning in Workplace Learning

  • Franziska TredeEmail author
  • Lina Markauskaite
  • Celina McEwen
  • Susie Macfarlane
Part of the Understanding Teaching-Learning Practice book series (UTLP)


Mobile technology opens up a range of possibilities to enhance authentic workplace learning (WPL). In order to better understand the ways in which mobile learning (mLearning) can enhance WPL and design productive learning activities, this chapter examines practical contexts and theoretical foundations of mLearning in general, and of WPL in particular. Initially, it discusses the notion and provides a brief historical introduction to mLearning. Then, it presents an overview of the affordances of mobile technology for enhancing learning and considers some of the challenges. Finally, the chapter discusses some of the main practical and theoretical ideas supporting the use of mobile technologies to expand WPL as a hybrid space. It argues that approaches for mLearning designed for WPL need to consider simultaneously three aspects: (1) the entanglement of learning, work and technology; (2) learner agency; and (3) productive ways of designing for learning in workplaces. It is important to provide teachers and others involved in WPL with reusable design ideas that can be flexibly adapted for fruitful mLearning in WPL.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Franziska Trede
    • 1
    Email author
  • Lina Markauskaite
    • 2
  • Celina McEwen
    • 1
  • Susie Macfarlane
    • 3
  1. 1.University of Technology SydneyUltimoAustralia
  2. 2.The University of SydneySydneyAustralia
  3. 3.Deakin UniversityBurwood, MelbourneAustralia

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