Initiating Dialogue

  • Franziska TredeEmail author
  • Lina Markauskaite
  • Celina McEwen
  • Susie Macfarlane
Part of the Understanding Teaching-Learning Practice book series (UTLP)


Dialogue is essential in WPL to help students, academic teaching staff and workplace educators (WPEs) establish common expectations and shared learning goals for the placement. Mobile technology can be a useful tool to initiate—and maintain—dialogue in and for WPL. In this chapter, we relate theories of dialogue to mobile learning. We also offer some examples of approaches, strategies and activities for students to both use mobile technology to communicate and learn while on placement and use mobile technology as a discussion starter. We conclude with some brief remarks about what it means for universities and host organisations to adopt mobile technology to enhance dialogue in WPL.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Franziska Trede
    • 1
    Email author
  • Lina Markauskaite
    • 2
  • Celina McEwen
    • 1
  • Susie Macfarlane
    • 3
  1. 1.University of Technology SydneyUltimoAustralia
  2. 2.The University of SydneySydneyAustralia
  3. 3.Deakin UniversityBurwood, MelbourneAustralia

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