Professor Franziska Trede (Charles Sturt University)
Professor Peter Goodyear (The University of Sydney)
Ms Susie Macfarlane (Deakin University)
Ms Freny Tayebjee (Western Sydney University)
Associate Professor Lina Markauskaite (The University of Sydney)
Dr Celina McEwen (Charles Sturt University)
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'Enhancing Workplace Learning Through Mobile Technology' (WPL Tech) is a two-year research project that started on 2 February 2015. It is a multi- site project led by CSU and conducted in collaboration with The University of Sydney (USyd), Western Sydney University and Deakin University.
This project is funded by the Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching.
The project aims to develop and pilot a set of resources to help students, academics and workplace educators (WPE) make better use of personal, mobile technologies to connect learning and work. Alongside activities, tips and important information, core issues and recommendations emerging from consultation with academics and WPE will also be included in this set of resources. The resources will be integrated into a Mobile Learning Capacity Building Framework (Framework).
Using collaborative and empowering processes, the project will consolidate the digital literacies and skills required for future lifelong workplace learning (WPL). The project will provide insights into how mobile technology can be creatively integrated into WPL to meet the needs of different kinds of students and unique institutional and placement contexts. Findings will provide mobile learning solutions to persistent WPL challenges and problems, and deliver the necessary evidence to better understand the barriers and drivers for uptake of technology use to enhance WPL at individual, placement and sector levels. This project will identify pedagogically sound capacity building principles and resources to enhance technology-mediated practices and learning. Findings will inform and contribute to debates and the future development of nation-wide standard agreements, policy design and implementation pertaining to technology enhanced WPL.