Discovering the campus together: A mobile and computer-based learning experience

Authors:
Pérez-Sanagustín, M.; Hernández-Leo, D.; Santos, P.; Blat, J.
Information and Communication Technologies Department, Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Ramírez-González, G.; Muñoz-Organiero, M.; Delgado-Kloos.
Grupo de Aplicaciones y Servicios Telemáticos, University Carlos III from Madrid

Published in:
Journal of  Network and Computer Applications

Abstract:
One of the difficulties that first year undergraduate students face is to adapt to the new educational environment, the university. This paper presents a case study that proposes a computer-assisted collaborative experience to help students in the transition from the high school to the university by facilitating their first contact with the campus, its services and the university community, methodologies and activities. The experience combines individual and collaborative activities in and outside the classroom structured following the Jigsaw Collaborative Learning Flow Pattern. A specific environment combining portable technologies with network and computer applications has been developed to support and facilitate the orchestration of the activity flow into a single integrated learning setting. The result is a Computer-Supported Collaborative Blended Learning scenario enacted with fresh university engineering students within the subject Introduction to Information and Communications Technologies. Findings suggest that the scenario significantly improves students’ interest in the studies and their understanding about the campus and services offered. Moreover, the environment developed is an innovative approach to successfully support teachers’ and students’ tasks during the scenario enactment. This paper introduces the goals and context of the case study, describes how technology was employed to support the learning scenario, the evaluation methods applied and the main findings obtained.

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jnca.2011.02.011

Citation:
Pérez-Sanagustín, M.; Ramírez-González, G.; Hernández-Leo, D.; Muñoz-Organiero, M.; Santos, P.; Blat, J.; Delgado-Kloos, C. Discovering the campus together: a mobile and computer-based learning experience, Journal of  Network and Computer Applications