Online Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) Community

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Fong, Michelle Wye Leng (2012) Online Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) Community. In: Handbook of Research on Practices and Outcomes in Virtual Worlds and Environments. Yang, Harrison Hao and Yuen, Steve Chi-Yin, eds. IGI Global, Hershey, Pennsylvania, pp. 451-461.


This chapter presents a case study in which Computer-Mediated Communication (CMC) and mobile telephone technologies were used to liberate Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) from the constraints of location and time, and to promote inclusive practices under a blended learning environment in a particular university subject. It was found that the use of mobile devices by the students was conservative because of technological limitations and affordability issues associated with mobile technology. Although mobile technology is still not powerful or practical enough for WIL, the use of CMC technology has provided rich collaborative online WIL for students, and there are still grounds for optimism that mobile technology will become a powerful cognitive tool in the future for enhancing student learning outcomes. This case study also affirms that such technologies will only become effective educational tools if there is a stable focus on pedagogy within the curriculum and if the needs and technology skills of users are taken into consideration when integrating the technologies into the curriculum.

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Item type Book Section
DOI 10.4018/978-1-60960-762-3.ch024
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ISBN 9781609607623
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education
Historical > FOR Classification > 1503 Business and Management
Historical > SEO Classification > 9301 Learner and Learning
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > College of Business
Keywords ResPubID26136, workplace, community, online WIL, educational technologies, ICT
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