What Happens when Students Go Offline in Mobile Devices?

Albertos Marco, Félix and Penichet, V’ictor M. R. and Gallud, José A.
In Proceedings of the 17th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services Adjunct (MobileHCI ’15). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 1199-1206.

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.

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