EVA (Extended Video Application): Developing Tablet PC Software for Multi-Disciplinary Mobile E-Learning

E.J. Derrick, M. Htay, and C. Vaccare (USA)

Keywords

Software development, Tablet, Mobile ELearning, Assessment. 1. Background and Motivation Since Microsoft’s release of its Tablet PC OS in 1992, this radical new penbased approach to computing has received strong interest, study, and also adoption as the computing platform of choice by a growing number of researchers and users alike. Some of the prominent research in the area of Tablet PC applications includes the University of Washington’s Classroom Presenter [1], Cornell’s 3D Sketch

Abstract

The use of video within clinical courses at Radford University (RU) is currently limited by labor-intensive, tape-based equipment for organizing and accessing specific scenes and events. Our faculty has successfully applied Tablet PCs and Microsoft OneNote® in courses to capture and analyze instructional sessions, but these existing systems have limited capabilities. For example, OneNote currently only supports synchronous live feeds of web cameras with moderate video fidelity. However, prerecorded asynchronous sessions fed from DVD players or saved digital movie files of sessions at remote locations are all primary sources of observation data. The overall goal of this project is to design, implement, and evaluate a Tablet PC-based software application called EVA (Extended Video Application) to overcome these limitations and substantially improve the effectiveness of specific clinical learning experiences in education, counseling, and social work courses. This paper gives the background, motivation, and an overview of the project, reports on project status, describes the software development environment, and discusses the technical difficulties and issues surrounding the design and implementation components. The paper also covers future work (which includes a rigorous evaluation component), expected outcomes, and conclusions.

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