Mobiscool: What happens when students go offline in Mobile Devices?

We have presented our work entitled “What happens when students go offline in mobile devices?” to the 1st Workshop on mobile, social and culturally oriented learning (Mobiscool 2015). This work is available at the ACM Digital Library through the following link:  http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/2786567.2801609

On the web a new class of learning environments has emerged: Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). Depending on the social and cultural context, there could be barriers preventing students from using e-Learning platforms. Technology can alleviate the problems of using MOOCs in several contexts. For example, the use of mobile devices together with the Internet might be very useful. However, the introduction of mobile technology in these environments is challenging, mainly because there are many differences between mobile devices and desktop environments. Keeping these differences in mind, the main goal of this work is to find and analyse strategies and changes in a user’s behaviour in offline contexts using mobile devices. Through a case study, the main strategies are studied. Then, using an offline support tool for web environments, the most suitable strategy is used to test a web application’s feasibility in offline scenarios.

Our offline tool is used to study offline interaction with Moodle, as shown in the following images:

Online

Online Interaction using our offline tool

Offline

Offline interaction using our offline tool

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