Title: A study on ubiquitous computer supported collaborative learning with hybrid mobile discussion forum

Authors: Wu-Yuin Hwang, Jia-Han Su, Jung-Lung Hsu, Hui-Ju Huang

Addresses: Graduate School of Network Learning Technology, National Central University, Jungli City, Taoyuan, Taiwan 320, ROC. ' Department of Computer Science and Information Engineering, National Central University, Jungli City, Taoyuan, Taiwan 320, ROC. ' Department of Information Management, Kainan University, Luzhu, Taoyuan, Taiwan 33857, ROC. ' Graduate School of Network Learning Technology, National Central University, Jungli City, Taoyuan, Taiwan 320, ROC

Abstract: This research tried to propose a ubiquitous computer supported collaborative learning (UCSCL) mechanism with integrating both ubiquitous and web-based technologies. Based on the proposed UCSCL mechanism, one hybrid mobile discussion forum named |StudentPartner| was designed and implemented. The hybrid discussion forum |StudentPartner| provided two versions for web-based and mobile context, respectively; thereby making users more convenient to access the discussion forum for collaboration online and offline. After half a year experiment was conducted, the results found that there were some significant correlations between the usages of mobile and web-based versions. The reasons were deeply studied for causing the relationship of usages between mobile and web-based. Furthermore, various distribution of usage was also investigated due to different strategies; with push mail technology, it prohibited the usage of mobile version and promoted that of web-based version. Some interesting phenomena were also got and worth further investigation in the future.

Keywords: ubiquitous learning; UCSCL; computer supported collaborative learning; CSCL; mobile discussion forums; collaboration; mobile learning; m-learning; e-learning; electronic learning; online learning; web-based learning.

DOI: 10.1504/IJMLO.2010.029956

International Journal of Mobile Learning and Organisation, 2010 Vol.4 No.1, pp.98 - 112

Published online: 03 Dec 2009 *

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