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Title: Real-Time Collaboration for Web-Based Labs
Authors: de la Torre, Luis
Heradio, Ruben
Dormido, Sebastian
Jara, Carlos
Issue Date: Jun-2013
Publisher: International Society of the Learning Sciences
Citation: de la Torre, L., Heradio, R., Dormido, S., & Jara, C. (2013). Real-Time Collaboration for Web-Based Labs. In Rummel, N., Kapur, M., Nathan, M., & Puntambekar, S. (Eds.) (2013). To See the World and a Grain of Sand: Learning across Levels of Space, Time, and Scale: CSCL 2013 Conference Proceedings Volume 1 - Full Papers &Symposia. International Society of the Learning Sciences. pp. 161-168.
Abstract: Webbased labs are key tools for distance education that help to illustrate scientific phenomena which require costly or difficult-to-assemble equipment. We propose the extension of two open source tools: (i) the learning management system Moodle, and (ii) the application to create webbased labs Easy Java Simulations (EJS). Our extension provides: (i) synchronous collaborative support to any lab developed with EJS (i.e., existing labs written in EJS can be automatically converted into collaborative with no cost), and (ii) support to deploy synchronous collaborative labs into Moodle. Thanks to our approach, students and/or teachers can invite other users enrolled in a Moodle course to a real-time collaborative experimental session, sharing and/or supervising experiences at the same time they practice and explore experiments using labs. The experimental evaluation of our work shows statistical significant (i) increase in student engagement and (ii) higher exam grades for students trained with collaborative labs.
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