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MISPE – Mobile Information Sharing in the Presentation Environment

Fry, Brendan G, Dominic Gruijters and Stephen Reid (2004) MISPE – Mobile Information Sharing in the Presentation Environment. Technical Report CS04-22-00, Department of Computer Science, University of Cape Town.

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Abstract

While many studies have developed systems for use by students in educational settings very few of these systems can be implemented practically in a third world country like South Africa. Furthermore, the body of research into developing useful systems for educators and students is very small. This report outlines the design and implement of a high fidelity prototype system which will aid educators and students in performing work tasks. The system described allows educators to distribute presentations via a wireless link to a client system. In addition educators are able to ask questions of students and also to answer student questions. Students on the other hand are able to receive the lecture slides, make annotations on these, ask question on these, answer lecturer questions and vote on lecturer polls. All of the above are done electronically across the wireless link. This report also describes a research study that was conducted to ascertain the usability and usefulness of this system and also the abilities of the backbone support network. Naturalistic observations were conducted. The QUIS questionnaire for assessing usability was also administered to participants along with a questionnaire to assess the usefulness of the system. The network was tested by means of simulations. It was found that the educators and students found the system to be usable and useful, while the network provides sufficient support to the client and server parts.

EPrint Type:Departmental Technical Report
Keywords:Presentations, PDA, Education, Usability, Naturalistic Observation, Smart Phone, Prototyping
Subjects:H Information Systems: H.5 INFORMATION INTERFACES AND PRESENTATION
ID Code:172
Deposited By:Fry, Brendan G
Deposited On:21 October 2004