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Towards a collaborative classroom through shared workspaces on mobile devices


Reilly, M and Shen, H and Calder, P and Duh, H, Towards a collaborative classroom through shared workspaces on mobile devices, Proceedings of the 28th International BCS Human Computer Interaction Conference 2014, 9-12 September 2014, Southport, UK, pp. 335-340. (2014) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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Student disengagement in lectures is a global issue in higher education. Our approach is to apply a student centred collaborative learning pedagogy into classrooms through a mobile real-time collaborative notetaking application GroupNotes, which allows a small self-selecting group of students to proactively keep each other engaged without requiring the lecturer to change the existing pedagogy. This paper presents the design principles behind the application interface, which enables students to follow principles identified as good practice in undergraduate education while still allowing for the individual to contribute and interact with regard to their own ability and preferred learning style. It provides an individual workspace to each group member, which is shared with and may be viewed and edited by other members in real time. The preliminary test results show that students are more engaged in the lecture with collaborative than with individual notetaking and more satisfied with sharing individual workspaces than with sharing a common workspace.

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Item Type:Non Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:computer supported collaborative learning, engagement , mobile learning, multi-user interface
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Specialist studies in education
Research Field:Educational technology and computing
Objective Division:Information and Communication Services
Objective Group:Information systems, technologies and services
Objective Field:Application software packages
UTAS Author:Duh, H (Professor Henry Duh)
ID Code:118047
Year Published:2014
Deposited By:Information and Communication Technology
Deposited On:2017-07-03
Last Modified:2017-07-03

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