A mobile Location-Based Situated Learning Framework for Supporting Critical Thinking: A Requirements Analysis Study

Abeer Alnuaim, Praminda Caleb-Solly, Christine Perry

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Abstract

This chapter presents the requirements work carried out as part of developing an intervention to improve students’ analysis and critical thinking skills using location-based mobile learning. The research emerged from seeking to identify ways of getting human–computer interaction design students into real-world environments, similar to those in which they will eventually be designing, thus maximising their ability to identify opportunities for innovation. The first stage in designing the system was to conduct a comprehensive requirements study to understand specific student and staff needs in the envisaged scenario. As part of this study, we were interested in identifying weaknesses in the current mode of teaching, as well as problems some students currently experience in understanding key concepts and staying focused on the task. We also noted scope for further supporting students with the analysis of their findings. This information has helped us determine the type and nature of location-based hints and formative feedback that the system can provide to aid students’ understanding of the context they are in.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDigital Systems for Open Access to Formal and Informal Learning
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Pages139-158
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9783319022642
ISBN (Print)9783319022635
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2014

Keywords

  • Critical thinking
  • Location-based
  • Mobile learning
  • Requirements analysis

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