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Alvarez C. (2011)

Implementing Collaborative Learning activities in the classroom supported by one-to-one mobile computing: A Desing-based process

Journal of systems and software, 84, 11, 1961-1976,

Tipo de publicación: ISI UC
Departamento: Ciencia de la Computación

Centros: Centro de Estudios de Políticas y Prácticas en Educación
Áreas: Ciencias de la Computación Ingeniería de Software , Ciencias de la Computación Teoría y Métodos
Palabras clave: collaboration scripts , Design-based research , face-to-face collaborative learning , mobile devices , software development framework Ver publicación

Abstract

Mobile devices such as PDAs, smartphones and tablet computers are becoming increasingly popular, setting out opportunities for new ways of communicating and collaborating. Research initiatives have ascertained the potential of mobile devices in education, and particularly, the benefits of incorporating them in the classroom for eliciting collaborative learning and stimulating active student participation. However, the development of technology-supported learning environments poses challenges to education researchers, practitioners, and software technologists in creating educational tools that respond to real needs of instructors and learners, meet clearly defined didactic purposes, and are practical for the intended audience. This article reports on a technology for facilitating the implementation of collaborative learning environments in the classroom supported by one-to-one mobile computing. The approach encompasses a framework supporting the design and implementation of the mobile software, and a design-based process that guides interdisciplinary efforts utilizing the framework, towards creating effective pedagogical models based on collaborative learning. By means of the process, the pedagogical models respond to real needs of learners and instructors, development is grounded on rigorous scientific research, and results are improved based on continuous experimentation and evaluation. A case study illustrating the application of the technology is presented and plans for future research are discussed.