A generalised framework to support field and in-class collaborative learning
by Madiha Shafaat Ahmad; Niels Pinkwart
International Journal of Mobile Learning and Organisation (IJMLO), Vol. 8, No. 3/4, 2014

Abstract: Mobile technologies have proven their value in field learning. Meanwhile, classroom technologies such as multi-touch interactive tables are gaining attention as well. With shareable interfaces and larger displays, multi-touch tables enable multiple students to interact and collaborate more flexibly. Thus, today's technology provides different means to facilitate learning both indoor and outdoor, in the form of specialised devices; yet an integrative view is missing in the literature so far. The goal of this paper is to propose a generic framework, capable of connecting different kinds of devices, such that the most suited device can be employed for each specific learning activity. Based on this framework, a pilot system has been developed that allows students to collect data through tablets on a field trip and share it with other peers via Bluetooth. Learners could also take part in a quiz, sent by the teacher to their mobile devices, and send their results back to the teacher through Bluetooth.

Online publication date:: Thu, 22-Jan-2015

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