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Usability Study of Mobile Learning Technology: A Holistic Evaluation of a Field Observation Experience
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, Learning Systems Institute, Florida State University, United States ; , Learning Systems Institute, United States ; , College of Communication and Information, United States ; , , Learning Systems Institute, United States

E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-90-7 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), San Diego, CA

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to evaluate a field observation experience for students learning about the nature of science and practicing scientific inquiry. A holistic approach will be used to examine the efficiency, effectiveness, satisfaction, and learnability of the scientific inquiry process that takes place inside a classroom as well as in the “field” at a wildlife center. Students are provided with an iPad at the wildlife center; the iPad application helps students familiarize themselves with the location of various animal habitats, fast facts of the animals, and the application has three observation “worksheets” for students to fill out that will populate an online database. Usability and evaluation data will be collected through observations, short questionnaires, informal interviews, and focus groups. A protocol will be developed and evaluators will be trained for consistent and accurate data collection.

Citation

Mendenhall, A., Douglas, I., Marty, P., Alemmane, N. & Clark, A. (2011). Usability Study of Mobile Learning Technology: A Holistic Evaluation of a Field Observation Experience. In C. Ho & M. Lin (Eds.), Proceedings of E-Learn 2011--World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education (p. 765). Honolulu, Hawaii, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved April 26, 2019 from .

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