Pervasive Computing and Communications Workshops, IEEE International Conference on (2006)
Mar. 13, 2006 to Mar. 17, 2006
Bernd J. Kramer , FernUniversitat in Hagen, Germany
Georg Strohlein , FernUniversitat in Hagen, Germany
The wireless Internet stretches the concept of self-paced learning towards anywhere-anytime learning. It supports the seamless continuation of interaction with learning resources and services even when a student is away from the desktop PC. There is, however, much doubt about the use of omnipresent ICT devices like cellular phones for pedagogically valuable learning settings. In a recently concluded EU project we have examined the potential of such devices for learning by developing a Java-based application, called Histobrick. It supports spontaneous short study phases while students are on the move and particularly aims to provide a ubiquitous tool for examining and deepening a student's knowledge about statistic distributions and their most important characteristic numbers. The pedagogy behind Histobrick is inspired by recent ideas about learning in constructivist settings and the findings of game-based learning. The paper sketches the rationale behind Histobrick, discusses some technical challenges we met, presents the final solution, and reports on a first evaluation we performed with a small sample of students.
Bernd J. Kramer, Georg Strohlein, "Exploring the Use of Cellular Phones for Pervasive eLearning", Pervasive Computing and Communications Workshops, IEEE International Conference on, vol. 00, no. , pp. 190-195, 2006, doi:10.1109/PERCOMW.2006.54