Learning in the context of work in a digital age: the use of digital media in informal and formal learning contexts

Sin Sing Ang, Mariana Orozco, David Gijbels, Piet van den Bossche

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterAcademic


Technology, and more specifically digital media, has opened up seemingly infinite possibilities for learning to take place beyond the classroom and for crossing from informal to formal learning. The goal of this study is to understand how adult ‘learners at work’ use digital media in formal and informal learning contexts. A total of 44 adults enrolled in various executive programmes participated in a survey research. Results suggest that, among various activities responding to pedagogical categories, those activities learners engage the most in are ‘referential individual’, ‘constructive collaborative’ and ‘reflective collaborative’. Learners engage more frequently in activities belonging to wider pedagogical categories when they are part of work-related contexts (predominantly informal) than it is the case in more formal contexts. Using digital media, a continuum of learning contexts could be encouraged through ‘referential’, ‘constructive’ and ‘reflective’ activities, be it on a progressive basis from individual to collaborative.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Impact of Digitalization in the Workplace
Subtitle of host publicationAn Educational view
EditorsC. Harteis
Number of pages15
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Publication series

SeriesProfessional and Practice-based Learning book series (PPBL)

Cite this