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Sensors 2012, 12(6), 6995-7014;

Ubiquitous Mobile Knowledge Construction in Collaborative Learning Environments

Department of Computer Sciences, Universidad de Chile, Blanco Encalada 2120, Santiago, Chile
Management and Information System Department, Universidad de Chile, Diagonal Paraguay 257, Santiago, Chile
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Received: 19 March 2012 / Revised: 18 May 2012 / Accepted: 18 May 2012 / Published: 25 May 2012
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Knowledge management is a critical activity for any organization. It has been said to be a differentiating factor and an important source of competitiveness if this knowledge is constructed and shared among its members, thus creating a learning organization. Knowledge construction is critical for any collaborative organizational learning environment. Nowadays workers must perform knowledge creation tasks while in motion, not just in static physical locations; therefore it is also required that knowledge construction activities be performed in ubiquitous scenarios, and supported by mobile and pervasive computational systems. These knowledge creation systems should help people in or outside organizations convert their tacit knowledge into explicit knowledge, thus supporting the knowledge construction process. Therefore in our understanding, we consider highly relevant that undergraduate university students learn about the knowledge construction process supported by mobile and ubiquitous computing. This has been a little explored issue in this field. This paper presents the design, implementation, and an evaluation of a system called MCKC for Mobile Collaborative Knowledge Construction, supporting collaborative face-to-face tacit knowledge construction and sharing in ubiquitous scenarios. The MCKC system can be used by undergraduate students to learn how to construct knowledge, allowing them anytime and anywhere to create, make explicit and share their knowledge with their co-learners, using visual metaphors, gestures and sketches to implement the human-computer interface of mobile devices (PDAs). View Full-Text
Keywords: mobile; collaborative learning; knowledge creation mobile; collaborative learning; knowledge creation
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Baloian, N.; Zurita, G. Ubiquitous Mobile Knowledge Construction in Collaborative Learning Environments. Sensors 2012, 12, 6995-7014.

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