HERDSA 2015 conference presentation

On Wednesday 8 July, team members of Enhancing Workplace Learning through Mobile Technology will be presenting the project during a Commonwealth Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT) run session on WPL at the HERDSA 2015 conference. The 50 minute session will consist of presentations of OLT funded projects and a facilitated panel discussion.

This year’s HERDSA conference will be held in Melbourne 6-9 July. Its main theme is Learning for life and work in a complex world.

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Abstract accepted at DGfE

An abstract has been accepted by the 2015 Annual Conference of the Adult Education Department of the German Educational Science Association (DGfE). This year’s theme is: Different Learning Cultures – Regional, National, Transnational.

The project’s first conference presentation will be on “Enhancing workplace learning through mobile technology: Connecting educational, professional and social learning cultures” and is scheduled for 29 September to 1 October in Hannover.

GPS for WPL

Based on expert feedback from local and international advisory groups, the team is working on completing the first design stage of the main online resource to help students make better and more appropriate use of their personal digital devices for learning while on placement. It is anticipated that the resources will be trialled by students, academics and WPl educators from the participating universities from July onwards. A tentative name for this action-oriented, self-paced, student, module is GPS for WPL. It will help students:

  • plan before going on placement
  • access in-real time action-oriented thinking tools and guides and create their learning communities while on placement, and
  • reflect and debrief collectively after placement.

Off to a good start

Since the project’s launch in February this year, Enhancing Workplace Learning through Mobile Technology has progressed steadily. Key achievements and activities to date include:

  • The appointment of experienced evaluator.
  • Ethical and legal approval from all partner universities.
  • Main data collection instruments (surveys and interview questions) have been designed.

Research grant to enhance workplace learning

Associate Professor Franziska Trede from Charles Sturt University’s Education For Practice Institute will lead a team of five researchers from CSU, the
University of Sydney, Deakin University, and the University of Western Sydney for
a two-year project funded by the Commonwealth Office for Learning and Teaching. The project entitled ‘Enhancing Workplace Learning Through Mobile Technology’ will explore how students can make better use of personal digital
devices in workplace learning situations to bridge different learning spaces (classroom, workplace and virtual), connect learning and work, and strengthen networked, collaborative, integrative communication processes between students, academics and workplace educators.

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