Title: Using a mobile learning system for field investigative learning about the local history and geography of southern Taiwan

Authors: Ju-Ling Shih, Gwo-Jen Hwang, Chien-Wen Chuang, Jia-Jia Cheng

Addresses: Department of Information and Learning Technology, National University of Tainan, Tainan, Taiwan. ' Graduate Institute of Digital Learning and Education, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Taipei, Taiwan. ' Graduate Institute of Engineering, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Taipei, Taiwan. ' Department of Information and Learning Technology, National University of Tainan, Tainan, Taiwan

Abstract: The purpose of this research is to create a technology-integrated environment in which learners can be immersed in an authentic environment to learn about Taiwan|s local history and geography using a mobile learning system. Learners conduct investigations with the guidance of a personal digital assistants personal digital assistant in the Q&A style. The system was tested on students from college to graduate level at the University of Tainan. The experiment took place in three locations, including the Catholic Church of Wanchin, the Gate of Donglong Temple in Tungkang and the Hsiao Family|s Old House in Chia Dong. The results of the pre- and post-test show a positive learning effect on students| understanding of the history and geography of these locations. A usability test found positive reactions to the mobile learning system.

Keywords: mobile learning systems; m-learning; investigative learning; Taiwan; local history; geography; personal digital assistants; PDA.

DOI: 10.1504/IJMLO.2010.037534

International Journal of Mobile Learning and Organisation, 2010 Vol.4 No.4, pp.360 - 377

Published online: 15 Dec 2010 *

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