MOBILE-SUPPORTED FIELDWORK EDUCATION IN THE FORM OF PERFORMANCE SUPPORT SYSTEM
Paisii Hilendarski University of Plovdiv (BULGARIA)
About this paper:
Appears in: INTED2012 Proceedings
Publication year: 2012
Conference name: 6th International Technology, Education and Development Conference
Dates: 5-7 March, 2012
Location: Valencia, Spain
Abstract:Integrating performance-centered learning and m-learning, results in a performance-centered mobile learning approach, in which students receive performance support via a mobile device when performing job-related tasks. Fieldwork has long been identified as providing students undertaking professional studies with a means of implementing theory into a real life context. One of the typical specific fields where the educational process may greatly benefit by a mobile technology that enables interactive outdoor distance learning is industrial engineering. There is by necessity a close relationship with industry, as engineering students need to apply their technical, management and business skills in an industrial context. This paper reports our experience using performance-centered learning to enhance mobile-supported fieldwork (m-fieldwork) education. Students visit electronics manufacturing plant and directly inspect the production process. By using a mobile phone they can easily get interactive help and guidance how to use the tools or machine and access a knowledge database with known solutions for particular problems.
Keywords: Fieldwork education, Higher Education, mobile learning, performance-centered learning, technology enhanced learning.