E-snakes and ladders: a hypermedia educational environment for portable devices
Source: International Journal of Mobile Learning and Organisation, Volume 3, Number 2, 3 April 2009 , pp. 107-127(21)
Publisher: Inderscience Publishers
Abstract:This article presents e-snakes and ladders (e-S&L), a game-based educational environment for portable devices. The e-S&L is based on the classic table game 'snakes and ladders' and enriches the table game with various types of activities, such as questions and answers and webquests. It provides a pleasant electronic-learning environment with an easy to use authoring tool for the instructor. The e-S&L is based on communication services and protocols (e.g. e-mail, short message service (SMS), MMS, HTTP and FTP) and on context-aware technologies. It supports learning standards, such as the IMS question and test interoperability (QTI) specification, the IMS Learner Information Package (IMS LIP) specification, e-portfolio, Dublin Core metadata creation and webquest. Furthermore, the article presents a learning scenario which is authored for demonstrating the e-S&L functionality. The findings from this study offer interesting insights into the extent to which computer gaming might be employed as a tool for supporting learning.
Document Type: Research article
Affiliations: 1: Electronics, Computers, Telecommunications and Control, Department of Physics, University of Athens, Athens, GR 157 84, Greece. 2: Department of Applied Informatics, Technological Educational Institute of Mesolonghi, Mesolonghi, GR 30 200, Greece. 3: Educational Software Development Laboratory, Department of Mathematics, University of Patras, Patras, GR 26 500, Greece
Publication date: 2009-04-03
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