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Designing interconnected distributed resources for collaborative inquiry based science education

Adams, A; Coughlan, T; Lea, J; Rogers, Y; Davies, S; Collins, T; (2011) Designing interconnected distributed resources for collaborative inquiry based science education. Presented at: UNSPECIFIED.

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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. © 2011 Authors.

Type: Conference item (UNSPECIFIED)
Title: Designing interconnected distributed resources for collaborative inquiry based science education
ISBN-13: 9781450307444
DOI: 10.1145/1998076.1998152
Keywords: collaborative information environment, design, e-learning, mobile, tabletop
UCL classification: UCL > School of BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > School of BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Computer Science
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1367494
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