Intelligent Edutab Box: Supporting Real-Time Face-to-Face Collaborative Learning
Yuto Omae*1, Kazutaka Mizukoshi*2, Tatsuro Furuya*3, Takayuki Oshima*4, Norihisa Sakakibara*4, Yoshiaki Mizuochi*4, Kazuhiro Yatsushiro*5, Masaya Matsushita*6, and Hirotaka Takahashi*7
*1Department of Industrial Engineering and Management, College of Industrial Technology, Nihon University
1-2-1 Izumi, Narashino, Chiba 275-8575, Japan
*2Digital Alliance Co., Ltd.
2-12-1 Kitaguchi, Kofu, Yamanashi 400-0024, Japan
*3Elementary School Attached to the University of Yamanashi
1-4-1 Kitashin, Kofu, Yamanashi 400-0005, Japan
*4Joetsu University of Education
1 Yamayashiki-machi, Joetsu, Niigata 943-8512, Japan
*5Yamanashi Prefectural University
5-11-1 Iida, Kofu, Yamanashi 400-0035, Japan
*6Nagaoka University of Technology
1603-1 Kamitomioka, Nagaoka, Niigata 940-2188, Japan
*7Research Center for Space Science, Advanced Research Laboratories, Tokyo City University
8-15-1 Todoroki, Setagaya, Tokyo 158-0082, Japan
Educational benefits of collaborative learning have been demonstrated in several studies and various systems have been developed to date. Numerous efforts have been made to enhance these benefits by supporting collaborative learning with information and communications technology. These efforts have primarily involved support for constructing collaborative learning groups, for collaborative learning in e-learning environments, and for collaborative learning analysis. This study aims to develop a computer-supported collaborative learning system that supports instructors in real time to facilitate collaborative learning in a face-to-face environment with multiple learners at the same time to provide enhanced support. Both the learner and instructor have one tablet terminal and conduct collaborative learning in a single classroom. Herein, the learner can use the tablet to save an educational log and freely browse the educational log of another learner. By referencing the educational logs, learners can learn through face-to-face communication. Additionally, the instructor can determine (1) who is viewing whose educational log and to what extent and (2) which learner is struggling to achieve targets. Herein, an overview of the proposed system is provided and the results obtained using the proposed system are reported to evaluate its effectiveness.
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