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Designing interconnected distributed resources for collaborative inquiry based science education

Adams, Anne; Coughlan, Tim; Lea, John; Rogers, Yvonne; Davies, Sarah-Jane and Collins, Trevor (2011). Designing interconnected distributed resources for collaborative inquiry based science education. In: ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries, 13-17 June 2011, Ottawa.

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Abstract

This paper describes the design and evaluation of a distributed information resource system (IRS) shared between field and laboratory settings for higher education geology students. An investigation of geo-science scholarship and technical pilot studies highlighted the importance of situational specific and distributed information usage. To advance our understanding of novel resource approaches (i.e. from tabletops to tablets) and collaborative learning, two in-depth field trials evaluated 21 students’ information journeys (i.e. initiating information needs, facilitating information and collaborative interpretation). Analysis identified how a designing for a varied device ecology supported information filtering and empathy between locations provoking deeper reflection and abstract understanding in the field, while live collaborative remote interaction provided an engaging yet distinct learning experience for those in the laboratory.

Item Type: Conference Item
Copyright Holders: 2010 ACM
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Not SetNot SetEPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council)
Keywords: fieldwork; collaboration; digital resources; design; collaborative information environment; learning journey; mobile; tabletop; e-learning; sensmaking
Academic Unit/Department: Institute of Educational Technology
Mathematics, Computing and Technology
Science > Environment, Earth and Ecosystems
Knowledge Media Institute
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Centre for Research in Computing (CRC)
Centre for Earth, Planetary, Space and Astronomical Research (CEPSAR)
Item ID: 29440
Depositing User: Tim Coughlan
Date Deposited: 07 Sep 2011 15:55
Last Modified: 24 Nov 2014 23:36
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/29440
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