Mobile learning and microlearning in vocational education: Emerging trends for training

Submission window open: 1 January 2022

Overview of special issue

Mobile learning and microlearning are two of the emerging methods for training and this topic has become highly relevant in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, where the digitisation of education has made it possible to continue with it (Scull et al., 2020). Furthermore, as a novelty, mobile learning is linked to microlearning as a trend in learning, marked by new student profiles that require immediacy and the attention span is influenced by the knowledge of the society in which we are immersed (Ranga & Etzkowitz, 2013). All of this is focused on the area of vocational education, which requires research and concrete experiences that serve as a reference for other researchers, since the focus is usually established in other educational contexts. This topic has not been addressed before and gives the special issue great relevance, originality and novelty, being a pioneering issue in vocational education. Furthermore, the topic has been worked on by the coordinators of the issue for some years as an emerging line and can be seen in the papers published in high impact journals (Aznar-Díaz et al., 2020; 2021; Romero-Rodríguez et al., 2020).

The aims of this special issue are:

  • to present scientific evidence of applied research on mobile learning and microlearning in vocational training;
  • to analyse educational research on mobile learning and microlearning in vocational education and training; and
  • to know teaching practices on mobile learning and microlearning in vocational education and training.

Indicative list of anticipated themes

  • Mobile learning in vocational education.
  • Microlearning in vocational education.
  • Systematic review about mobile learning or microlearning in vocational training.
  • Augmented reality (AR) or virtual reality (VR) in vocational education.
  • Pedagogical theories of mobile learning or microlearning 
  • Mobile applications (apps) in vocational education.
  • New technological tools and services related with mobile learning or microlearning.
  • Practices and experiences carried out during the pandemic by COVID-19.

Submission information

Submission window open: 1 January 2022

Submission window closes: 30 June 2022

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