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An investigation‐based learning model for using digital libraries to support mobile learning activities

Ju‐Ling Shih (Department of Information and Learning Technology, National University of Tainan, Tainan, Taiwan)
Gwo‐Jen Hwang (Department of Information and Learning Technology, National University of Tainan, Tainan, Taiwan)
Yu‐Chung Chu (Department of Information and Learning Technology, National University of Tainan, Tainan, Taiwan)
Chien‐Wen Chuang (Department of Information and Learning Technology, National University of Tainan, Tainan, Taiwan)

The Electronic Library

ISSN: 0264-0473

Article publication date: 9 August 2011

Abstract

Purpose

This study proposes a mobile learning model that employs digital libraries to support investigative learning activities. A student‐centered mobile learning activity with self‐guided exploration for physical ecology observation has been conducted to demonstrate the benefits of using digital libraries to support investigation‐based ecology learning activities.

Design/methodology/approach

An investigation‐based mobile learning model is proposed and an experiment is designed to show the effectiveness of the learning model, in which the students are asked to answer a series of questions by observing the real‐world learning objects and searching for supplemental materials from a digital library.

Findings

The instructional experiment conducted in an elementary school with 64 sixth grade students shows that the innovative approach is able to improve the learning achievement, learning effectiveness, as well as the learning attitudes of the students.

Practical implications

The findings of this paper imply that the use of the investigative learning model will significantly promote the utilization rate of digital libraries.

Originality/value

An investigative model for using digital libraries to support mobile learning is proposed in this paper. It provides good guidance to teachers for designing learning activities with digital libraries, and a good way for students to learn, utilizing the materials in digital libraries.

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Citation

Shih, J., Hwang, G., Chu, Y. and Chuang, C. (2011), "An investigation‐based learning model for using digital libraries to support mobile learning activities", The Electronic Library, Vol. 29 No. 4, pp. 488-505. https://doi.org/10.1108/02640471111156759

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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