Title: Mobile learning as an alternative for competence development in industrial engineering and logistics

Authors: Everth Larsson, Hans Janisch, Tauno Kekale, Petri Helo

Addresses: Department of Industrial Management and Logistics, Lund University, Box 118, SE-221 00 Lund, Sweden. ' FH Kiel, Institute for Business, Engineering and Technology, FH Kiel, Grenzstrasse 3, D-24149 Kiel, Germany. ' Department of Production, Faculty of Technology, University of Vaasa, P.O. Box 700, 65101 Vaasa, Finland. ' Department of Production, Faculty of Technology, University of Vaasa, P.O. Box 700, 65101 Vaasa, Finland

Abstract: The paper presents mobile learning as an alternative for competence development in logistics for students already employed in industry world-wide. Discusses why today|s knowledge-driven economy requires lifelong learning especially in logistics/Supply Chain Management. Discusses using the internet for this purpose through a case study of Baltic Sea Virtual Campus. Experiences gained are shown and commented upon. Concludes that mobile learning also requires presence phases; mobile learning is very good for advanced programmes on Masters| or PhD levels; and mobile learning is attractive for reasons of economy, time, space and opportunity.

Keywords: competence development; internet; logistics; mobile learning; student experiences; industrial engineering; supply chain management; SCM; lifelong learning; Baltic Sea Virtual Campus.

DOI: 10.1504/IJMLO.2007.016174

International Journal of Mobile Learning and Organisation, 2007 Vol.1 No.4, pp.327 - 341

Published online: 07 Dec 2007 *

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