Collaborative Design of Mobile Interfaces for Vocational Building and Construction Education

  • Gavin Melles
  • Tomi Winfree
  • Peter Graham
Conference paper
Part of the Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies book series (SIST, volume 134)


Australian building and construction education takes place in the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector. Institutions have attempted to develop new mobile learning (m-learning) tools to improve pedagogy and construction compliance outcomes. However, m-learning tools continue to have a low uptake in this sector, which is typified by face-to-face and conventional internet-based blended learning. The Collaborative Research Centre for Low Carbon Living Project RP3015 (CRCLCL RP3015) aimed to design, develop, and test a new m-learning prototype application, and this involved a range of fieldwork activities and collaborative workshops with key stakeholders. The aim of the research project was to increase knowledge in this sector and motivate collaborative action on residential compliance with the energy efficiency measures set out in the national construction code. By failing to account for the low uptake of mobile learning by students and faculty and failing to conduct fieldwork on the actual practices of trade apprentices and design appropriate prototypes, the project did not succeed in producing a working application. In this paper, we focus on the learning and educational preliminaries to effective mobile learning (m-learning) design and pedagogy innovation for formal vocational education and informal learning in the workplace. We also focus on the learning from failure opportunity of the project.


Vocational education M-learning Collaborative research centre Learning from failure 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Swinburne UniversityMelbourneAustralia

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