Introduction to a Collaborative Mobile Web Platform: Higher M@t-EduTutor

Introduction to a Collaborative Mobile Web Platform: Higher M@t-EduTutor

Isabel Araújo (Instituto Politécnico de Viana do Castelo, Portugal) and Pedro Miguel Faria (Instituto Politécnico de Viana do Castelo, Portugal)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-9069-9.ch012

Abstract

From an early age, young people use mobile devices and are known as a “native digital generation,” who constantly access information through mobile devices. Thus, educational practices are not indifferent to this reality. Consequently, several online platforms supporting the teaching-learning process have been developed. Additionally, several higher education institutions have a weekly attendance time, where teachers seek to clarify student's doubts physically in the institution. However, oftentimes, the students do not use that attendance time. In order to seek to improve this issue, a collaborative mobile web platform was developed: Higher M@t-EduTutor. This chapter starts by introducing a theoretical framework and then presents a broad study on collaborative web platforms in order to better relate them with the developed platform. This specific platform, to be used in mobile devices, with the objective of promoting students learning, allows students to clarify doubts with their teachers, collaboratively, in real time and at distance.
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Currently, education, namely higher education, has a mission to prepare students for the labor market, increasingly so demanding and competitive. Thus, students face major challenges, in addition to managing a large volume of information. Students build knowledge but also need to develop skills to obtain success in the globally and digitally interconnected world. According to Partnership for 21st Century Skills (Bialik & Fadel, 2015), students’ competencies to better address future challenges are: critical thinking, problem solving, communication, collaboration, creativity and innovation.

Employers and society itself require diverse knowledge, skills and attitudes. Thus, it is necessary for students to be able to solve problems, to work with challenges and with diversity, according to the Industry 4.0 paradigm.

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