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Ethical professional mobile learning for teaching and nursing workplaces

Burden, Kevin; Aubusson, Peter; Schuck, Sandy


Peter Aubusson

Sandy Schuck


The ubiquity, accessibility and flexibility of mobile technologies suggests they will be valuable for professional learning, particularly in professions where most of the work does not occur at a set workstation. This chapter focuses on two such professions: teaching and nursing. But their use by these professions is not unproblematic (Aubusson, Schuck and Burden, 2009; Fisher, Higgins and Loveless, 2006; Wishart, 2009 ). While mobile activities are likely to contribute to these professionals' learning in the workplace, a tension arises regarding the ethical nature of such activities. This chapter explores the complexities and confusion faced by teachers and nurses in their use of work-based mobile learning. The chapter considers the ethical issues involved in the use of mobile technologies to capture, reflect upon and share moments of professional learning in these work-based contexts. It suggests a number of ethical principles which might provide a useful guide for professional practice for teaching and nursing and beyond.


Burden, K., Aubusson, P., & Schuck, S. Ethical professional mobile learning for teaching and nursing workplaces. . The University of Hull

Deposit Date Dec 19, 2014
Journal Work-based mobile Learning: concepts and cases
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
ISBN 978-3-03911-982-0
Keywords REF 2014 submission
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