Title: Experiences in implementing and using a technological framework for mobile collaborative learning of mathematics and Chinese

Authors: Ivica Boticki; Lung-Hsiang Wong; Chee-Kit Looi

Addresses: Department of Applied Computing, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing, University of Zagreb, Croatia. ' Learning Sciences Lab, National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. ' Learning Sciences Lab, National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Abstract: This paper describes a technological framework for supporting mobile collaborative learning. The developers can reuse the framework's infrastructure to build content-specific mobile collaborative learning applications best suited for their content area of in-class or out-of-class learning. This paper reports on the experience in designing and using two such applications: for mathematics learning (FAO) and Chinese learning (Chinese-PP). The two applications were trialed with primary school students, the experience in using the system was collected and the benefits of the architecture are reflected upon. In a design-based research fashion the paper proposes a new cycle of system and approach redesign.

Keywords: collaborative learning; language learning; software architecture; technological frameworks; mobile mathematics; Chinese language; framework infrastructures; content-specific applications; content areas; in-class learning; out-of-class learning; FAO; Food and Agriculture Organization; United Nations; UN; Chinese-PP; primary students; primary schools; primary education; system redesign; approach redesign; Singapore; mobile learning; m-learning; online learning; e-learning; electronic learning; online learning; internet; world wide web.

DOI: 10.1504/IJMLO.2012.046884

International Journal of Mobile Learning and Organisation, 2012 Vol.6 No.1, pp.79 - 93

Published online: 14 May 2012 *

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