Towards a collaborative classroom through shared workspaces on mobile devices

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Reilly, Mark, Shen, Haifeng, Calder, Paul and Duh, Henry. (2014) Towards a collaborative classroom through shared workspaces on mobile devices. BCS-HCI '14: The 28th International BCS Human Computer Interaction Conference on HCI 2014 - Sand, Sea and Sky - Holiday HCI. United Kingdom: Electronic Workshops in Computing. pp. 335 - 340
AuthorsReilly, Mark, Shen, Haifeng, Calder, Paul and Duh, Henry
Abstract

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 note-taking 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 note-taking and more satisfied with sharing individual workspaces than with sharing a common workspace.

Keywordsengagement; computer supported collaborative learning; mobile learning; multi-user interface
Year2014
PublisherElectronic Workshops in Computing
Scopus EID2-s2.0-84926067550
Web address (URL)https://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=2742990
Book titleBCS-HCI '14: Proceedings of the 28th International BCS Human Computer Interaction Conference on HCI 2014 - Sand, Sea and Sky - Holiday HCI
Page range335 - 340
Research GroupPeter Faber Business School
Place of publicationUnited Kingdom
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