Peer-to-Peer Networks as Extensions of Web-Based Education - Handhelds in Support of Coordination and Autonomy

Peer-to-Peer Networks as Extensions of Web-Based Education - Handhelds in Support of Coordination and Autonomy

Malu Roldan (San Jose State University, USA)
Copyright: © 2003 |Pages: 15
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-102-5.ch007
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Abstract

In recent years, we have witnessed the rapid evolution of handheld computing devices from leading manufacturers, somewhat fueled by a battle being waged between Palm Computing and Microsoft Corporation. Handheld devices are attractive for educational settings, because they are inexpensive, portable, and customizable. Furthermore, most handheld devices come “out of the box” with infrared ports, enabling them to automatically form a peer-to-peer network with other handhelds. In this chapter, how such peer-to-peer networks could support the interplay of autonomy and coordination underlying current and emerging learning models will be discussed. Findings from a pilot study suggest that the information management and connectivity features of the machines make them ideal devices for such learning environments. The entertainment capabilities of the devices motivate students to learn how to use them. However, students found the machines and add-ons expensive, limited in capability, and difficult to use.

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