Using mobile technology for workplace learning: Fostering students' agency

Franziska Trede, Susie Macfarlane, Lina Markauskaite, Peter Goodyear, Celina McEwen, Freny Tayebjee

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    Abstract

    Students’ agency is an important enabler of productive learning in complex, unpredictable workplace environments. In the study presented here, we explored how mobile technology can help students enhance their workplace learning experiences and develop their capacity to act as learners and future practitioners. We collected survey and interview data from 312 participants, which informed the development of Mobile Technology Capacity Building Framework that comprises thematic resources for students, academics and workplace educators. Its development draws on two sets of theoretical ideas: the importance of agentic learning that enables students to develop their practice capabilities; and the use of activity-centred learning design to distinguish between what can be designed ahead of time and what should be left to students’ agency. This study and Framework contribute to understanding how the productive use of technologies can foster students’ agency and development of deliberate professionals with a high sense of adaptive expertise.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (ASCILITE 2016)
    Place of PublicationTugun QLD, Australia
    PublisherAustralasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education
    Pages583-588
    Number of pages6
    Publication statusPublished - 2016
    EventASCILITE 2016: 33rd International Conference on Innovation, Practice and Research in the Use of Educational Technologies in Tertiary Education - University of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia
    Duration: 27 Nov 201630 Nov 2016
    http://2016conference.ascilite.org/

    Conference

    ConferenceASCILITE 2016
    Abbreviated titleShow Me The Learning
    CountryAustralia
    CityAdelaide
    Period27/11/1630/11/16
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    Trede, F., Macfarlane, S., Markauskaite, L., Goodyear, P., McEwen, C., & Tayebjee, F. (2016). Using mobile technology for workplace learning: Fostering students' agency. In Proceedings of the Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (ASCILITE 2016) (pp. 583-588). Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education.