Tools for students doing mobile fieldwork

Mattias Rost*, Lars Erik Holmquist

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Students are not always sitting at their desk but are also out in the world. In a university course teaching ethnography and design students were out in the field making observations and collecting data. We gave them access to a wiki, which they used to upload field notes and material as a support for collaboration. In this paper we present three tools we built and deployed to aid the students when in field and when collaborating. The first is a mobile tool used to gather data: a program running on the students' mobile phones let them take photos, record video and audio, and write simple text notes, which are automatically uploaded to the wiki. The second is an awareness tool that enables the students to quickly see what the others have done in the wiki. The third is a novel browser for the uploaded data, which relates objects by both time and location. We also talk about the experience from having students using the tools live during the course.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 5th IEEE International Conference on Wireless, Mobile, and Ubiquitous Technologies in Education, WMUTE 2008
PublisherIEEE
Pages74-81
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)0769531083, 9780769531083
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15 Apr 2008
Event5th IEEE International Conference on Wireless, Mobile, and Ubiquitous Technologies in Education, WMUTE 2008 - Beijing, China
Duration: 23 Mar 200826 Mar 2008

Conference

Conference5th IEEE International Conference on Wireless, Mobile, and Ubiquitous Technologies in Education, WMUTE 2008
CountryChina
CityBeijing
Period23/03/0826/03/08

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