Understanding the Design Principles of Learning Objects for Educational Applications via PDA Technology
Daniel Churchill, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Orlando, Florida, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-58-7 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
This paper discusses an ongoing study into issues relevant to the design of learning objects for educational applications via PDA devices. The specific areas of inquiry in this study are: the kinds of learning objects that are effective for PDA delivery; contexts for their effective educational applications; and learning object designs that overcome the limitations of the small display area characteristic of this kind of technology. Initial qualitative data was collected through interviews with respondents who had previously used this technology in teaching and learning. This preliminary data suggests that a learning object effective for PDA delivery should be designed as a resource that supports student-centered learning activities, such as inquiries and problem solving. In particular, two types of learning objects appear to emerge as appropriate for PDA delivery: information objects and conceptual models. The preliminary data of this ongoing study also suggests some interesting ideas regarding more effective design of learning objects for delivery via PDA technology.
Churchill, D. (2006). Understanding the Design Principles of Learning Objects for Educational Applications via PDA Technology. In C. Crawford, R. Carlsen, K. McFerrin, J. Price, R. Weber & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2006--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 2177-2184). Orlando, Florida, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).