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Loosely coupled web representations: a REST service and JavaScript wrapper for sharing web-based visual representations

Collins, Trevor; Quick, Kevin; Joiner, Richard and Littleton, Karen (2013). Loosely coupled web representations: a REST service and JavaScript wrapper for sharing web-based visual representations. In: World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications (EDMEDIA) 2013, 24 - 27 June, 2013 , Victoria, Canada.

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Abstract

This paper presents the design and application of a web service architecture for providing shared access to web-based visual representations, such as dynamic models, simulations and visualizations. The Shared Representations (SR) system was created to facilitate the development of collaborative and co-operative learning activities over the web, and has been applied to provide shared group access to: a high-resolution image viewer, a virtual petrological microscope, and a forces and motion spring simulation. As well as explaining the architecture and three applications, we briefly present the findings from a user study looking at primary school children’s use of a shared spring simulation. The study findings indicate that shared access to a web-based simulation complements exploratory discussion and enables learners to demonstrate their understanding of a subject. Future work will explore how the system can be combined with dialogic support and embedded in activities to encourage learners with contrasting opinions to discuss and resolve their differing perspectives.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
Copyright Holders: 2013 Association for Advancement of Computing in Education
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Wolfson OpenScience LabNot SetWolfson Foundation
Extra Information: World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications (EDMEDIA) 2013
Victoria, Canada
June 24, 2013
Jan Herrington, Alec Couros & Valerie Irvine
ISBN 978-1-939797-03-2
pp. 1580-1589
Keywords: cooperative/collaborative learning; groupware; WWW-based tools; WWW-based infrastructure; WWW-based technology; WWW-based techniques
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Knowledge Media Institute (KMi)
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Research in Computing (CRC)
Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
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Item ID: 38148
Depositing User: Trevor Collins
Date Deposited: 12 Aug 2013 08:53
Last Modified: 09 Oct 2016 02:10
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/38148
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