A Mobile Portfolio to Support Communities of Practice in Science Education

  • Oriel Herrera
  • Sergio F. Ochoa
  • Andrés Neyem
  • Maurizio Betti
  • Roberto Aldunate
  • David A. Fuller
Conference paper

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-540-73257-0_46

Volume 4564 of the book series Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS)
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Herrera O., Ochoa S.F., Neyem A., Betti M., Aldunate R., Fuller D.A. (2007) A Mobile Portfolio to Support Communities of Practice in Science Education. In: Schuler D. (eds) Online Communities and Social Computing. OCSC 2007. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 4564. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg

Abstract

Practice activities are a key issue for science education students. Typically, these activities are carried out by a community of practice (practicing students and professors) using physical or centralized electronic portfolios. However, these alternatives are limited when the community members need to share the portfolio resources, any time and anywhere. This limitation is also present when support for high interactivity among these persons is required. This paper presents a new kind of portfolio which is able to work in autonomous, client-server, and peer-to-peer manners. This mobile portfolio is fully distributed; therefore, it improves the flexibility to conduct interactions or share portfolio resources among the members of a community of practice. The functionality and stability of the tool have been tested by the developers and the results obtained are encouraging. The use of this distributed portfolio is expected to help science students and professors to enhance practice activities, interactions and interchange of experiences and resources.

Keywords

Mobile Workspaces Mobile Portfolios Communities of Practice Education 

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  • Oriel Herrera
    • 1
  • Sergio F. Ochoa
    • 2
  • Andrés Neyem
    • 2
  • Maurizio Betti
    • 3
  • Roberto Aldunate
    • 4
  • David A. Fuller
    • 5
  1. 1.Informatics Engineering School, Universidad Católica de Temuco, Manuel Montt 56, TemucoChile
  2. 2.Computer Science Department, Universidad de Chile, Blanco Encalada 2120, SantiagoChile
  3. 3.Education Department, Universidad Católica de Temuco, Manuel Montt 56, TemucoChile
  4. 4.Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois, 205 N Mathews Av.,Urbana, IllinoisUSA
  5. 5.Computer Science Department, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, V. Mackenna 4860, SantiagoChile