Considering issues of time and place

This page offers a list of resources and activities to help plan students’ learning experiences of using mobile technology for workplace learning (WPL):

  1. When to use personal mobile device or face-to-face
  2. GPS for WPLresources

Read more about how to identify professional and safe practices…

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1/ When to use personal mobile device or face-to-face

The following table can be used to help students consider when it is most appropriate to use a mobile device or face-to-face (co-presence) to address or anticipate a particular situation while on WPL placement.

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For example:

  • “I feel distressed about something I have seen or experienced on placement and need to talk to someone about it urgently, but my supervisor is not available right now” can be categorised as high priority for immediacy, entwined and sensitive issues, thus requiring a face-to-face interaction.
  • “I need to get feedback by the end of the week on the WPL experience I have documented” can be categorised as asynchronous, medium priority, not urgent and non-verbal, therefore only requiring a technology-mediated interaction.
  • “I feel isolated in my learning or my placement experience” can be categorised as high priority time, synchronous at a distance, which can, therefore, be addressed initially by using mobile technology to connect to people via existing social and/or professional networks.

 2/ GPS for WPLresources

For more relevant bite size information, tasks and further reading, refer students to the following links in the GPS for WPL, an online resource for students to navigate the WPL landscape with mobile technology:

downloadDownload these sample tasks and activities as a ‘doc’ file.