Mr. Stephen Njenga
Murang'a University College
Currently a Lecturer in the School of Computing and Information Technology at Murang’a University College.
Pursuing a Phd. in Computer Science at the University of Nairobi.
Stephen will be a 2016 Session Speaker at the conference.
TOPIC: Design of Facilitations for Group Learner Interactions using Intelligent Agents in Collaborative Mobile Learning
The specific objectives are:
• To design facilitated group participation in collaborative m-Learning group interaction processes to improve the level of knowledge construction
• To design controlled group cognitive conflicts in collaborative m-Learning group interaction processes to improve the level of knowledge construction.
• To use the group facilitations to investigate their effect on the level of group knowledge construction
Learners need to be encouraged to engage each other during collaborative learning in order to create new knowledge (Durairaj & Umar, 2014). The discussion platforms in Learning Management Systems do not automatically promote knowledge construction (Zingaro, 2012). Most mobile learning systems do not provide support for the collaborative learning processes (Wu et al., 2012), and only a few mobile learning systems have explicitly addressed the problem of mobile devices in the foreground of interaction (Eliasson, 2012).
There is much room for use of technology in collaborative learning (McLaren, 2014) with the support of collaborative learning using automated and artificially intelligent pedagogical approaches being one such area (Soliman, 2013).
This study uses two facilitations meant to improve the level of group knowledge construction, namely facilitated group participation and controlled cognitive conflicts. The facilitations are implemented using intelligent agents. This study takes advantage of the vast presence of mobile devices including laptops, mobile phones, tablets, etc, for the implementation of these features.
The deliverable in this study is a comprehensive design for facilitating collaborative mobile learning group interactions. This design uses intelligent agents to provide these learning facilitations. These design features are being incorporated into the Moodle (an open source Learning Management System)
This design for facilitating collaborative mobile learning is expected to improve the level of group knowledge construction. The effect of these facilitations on group learning processes will be investigated through a number of experiments