Tablet technology to facilitate improved interaction and communication with students studying mathematics at a distance

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Galligan, Linda, Hobohm, Carola and Loch, Birgit. 2012. "Tablet technology to facilitate improved interaction and communication with students studying mathematics at a distance." Journal of Computers in Mathematics and Science Teaching. 31 (4), pp. 363-385.
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Tablet technology to facilitate improved interaction and communication with students studying mathematics at a distance

ERA Journal ID20284
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsGalligan, Linda (Author), Hobohm, Carola (Author) and Loch, Birgit (Author)
Journal TitleJournal of Computers in Mathematics and Science Teaching
Journal Citation31 (4), pp. 363-385
Number of Pages23
Year2012
Place of PublicationChesapeake, VA. United States
ISSN0731-9258
1943-5908
Web Address (URL)http://www.editlib.org/p/40575
Abstract

Teaching and learning of mathematics is challenging when
lecturer and students are separated geographically. While student engagement and interaction with the course, with other students and with the lecturer is vital to mathematics learning, it is difficult to facilitate this electronically, because of the nature of mathematics. With tablet technology now becoming ubiquitous and many new and inexpensive models entering the market, it is timely to investigate how the distance student experience in mathematics can be impacted by the use of tablet technologies. This paper reports on a case study of a first year mathematics course at a regional Australian university, where distance students were provided with affordable tablet PCs. An investigation of the impact of this technology on engagement and interaction is at the centre of this study. Evidence from journals, students' assessment submissions, screen snippets, student communication and formal student evaluations is analysed. It was found that distance students acknowledged the value of tablets for communicating mathematics, particularly for assignment submission and feedback, but they also recognized the potential for easier interaction with content and the lecturer. This paper highlights the specific benefits and challenges tablet PCs present to the learning experiences in mathematics within the distance context.

Keywordsdistance education; tablet technology; mathematics teaching; higher education research
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020460806. Human-computer interaction
390405. Educational technology and computing
390109. Mathematics and numeracy curriculum and pedagogy
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Department of Mathematics and Computing
Swinburne University of Technology
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Galligan, Linda. 2010. "Becoming more numerate: the journey of Tania." Sparrow, Len, Kissane, Barry and Hurst, Chris (ed.) 33rd Annual Conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (MERGA33). Fremantle, Australia 03 - 07 Jul 2010 Sydney, Australia.
Adopting synchronous audiographic web conferencing: a tale from two regional universities
Loch, Birgit, Reushle, Shirley, Rowe, Stephen and Jayne, Nicola. 2010. "Adopting synchronous audiographic web conferencing: a tale from two regional universities." Mukerji, Siran and Tripathi, Purnendu (ed.) Cases on technology enhanced learning through collaborative opportunities. Hershey, PA, United States. IGI Global. pp. 56-72
Go WEST - supporting women in engineering, science and technology: an Australian higher education case study
McDonald, Jacquelin, Loch, Birgit and Cater-Steel, Aileen. 2010. "Go WEST - supporting women in engineering, science and technology: an Australian higher education case study." Cater-Steel, Aileen and Cater, Emily (ed.) Women in engineering, science and technology: education and career challenges. Hershey, PA, United States. IGI Global. pp. 118-132
Evolution and emerging trends of university writing groups
Galligan, Linda, Cretchley, Patricia, George, Lucy, Martin-McDonald, Kris, McDonald, Jacquie and Rankin, Janet. 2003. "Evolution and emerging trends of university writing groups." Queensland Journal of Educational Research. 19 (1), pp. 28-41.
Perceived mathematical proficiencies required for first year study at The University of Southern Queensland
Taylor, Janet A., Galligan, Linda and Van Vuuren, Peter. 1998. Perceived mathematical proficiencies required for first year study at The University of Southern Queensland. Toowoomba, Australia. University of Southern Queensland.
Evaluating individual teaching on the road to embedding academic skills
Huijser, Hendrik, Kimmins, Lindy and Galligan, Linda. 2008. "Evaluating individual teaching on the road to embedding academic skills." Journal of Academic Language and Learning. 2 (1), pp. 23-38.
An integrative approach to building professional attributes in a first year nursing course: description and preliminary analysis of academic numeracy
Galligan, Linda, Loch, Birgit and Lawrence, Jill. 2010. "An integrative approach to building professional attributes in a first year nursing course: description and preliminary analysis of academic numeracy." Coben, Diana and O'Donoghue, John (ed.) ICME 11: Adult Mathematics Education. Monterrey, Mexico 06 - 13 Jul 2008 Limerick, Ireland.
Using Valsiner
Galligan, Linda. 2008. "Using Valsiner." Goos, Merrilyn, Brown, Ray and Makar, Katie (ed.) 31st Annual Conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (MERGA 31). Brisbane, Australia 28 Jun - 01 Jul 2008 Wahroonga, Sydney, Australia.
Adults returning to study mathematics
Galligan, Linda and Taylor, Janet A.. 2008. "Adults returning to study mathematics." Forgasz, Helen, Barkatsas, Anastasios, Bishop, Alan, Clarke, Barbara, Keast, Stephen, Seah, Wee Tiong and Sullivan, Peter (ed.) Research in mathematics education in Australasia 2004-2007. Rotterdam, Netherlands. Sense Publishers. pp. 99-118
Conducting a trial of web conferencing software: why, how, and perceptions from the coalface
Reushle, Shirley and Loch, Birgit. 2008. "Conducting a trial of web conferencing software: why, how, and perceptions from the coalface." Turkish Online Journal of Distance Education. 9 (3), pp. 19-28.
Spectral schemes on triangular elements
Heinrichs, Wilhelm and Loch, Birgit. 2001. "Spectral schemes on triangular elements." Journal of Computational Physics. 173 (1), pp. 279-301. https://doi.org/10.1006/jcph.2001.6876
Processing laser scanner plant data to extract structural information
Hanan, Jim, Loch, Birgit and McAleer, Tim. 2004. "Processing laser scanner plant data to extract structural information." Godin, Christophe, Hanan, Jim S. and Kurth, Winfried (ed.) 4th International Workshop on Functional-Structural Plant Models (FSPM 2004). Montpellier, France 07 - 11 Jun 2004 Montpellier, France.
Change detection through clustering and spectral analysis
Donovan, Diane, Loch, Birgit, Thompson, H. B. and Thompson, Jayne. 2008. "Change detection through clustering and spectral analysis." Brankovich, Ljiljania, Lin, Yuqing and Smythe, William F. (ed.) IWOCA 2007: 18th International Workshop on Combinatorial Algorithms . Newcastle, Australia 05 - 09 Nov 2007 United States.
A hybrid clough-tocher radial basis function method for modelling leaf surfaces
Oqielat, M. N., Belward, J. A., Turner, I. W. and Loch, B. I.. 2007. "A hybrid clough-tocher radial basis function method for modelling leaf surfaces." Oxley, Les and Kulasiri, Don (ed.) 17th International Congress on Modelling and Simulation (MODSIM07). Christchurch, New Zealand 10 - 13 Dec 2007 Canberra, Australia.
Overcoming beliefs, attitudes and past experiences: the use of video for adult tertiary students studying mathematics in isolation
Taylor, Janet A. and Galligan, Linda. 2002. "Overcoming beliefs, attitudes and past experiences: the use of video for adult tertiary students studying mathematics in isolation." Australian Senior Mathematics Journal. 16 (1), pp. 20-33.
Research into research on adults in Bridging Mathematics: the past, the present and the future
Taylor, Janet A. and Galligan, Linda. 2006. "Research into research on adults in Bridging Mathematics: the past, the present and the future." Horne, M. and Marr, B. (ed.) 12th Annual International Conference of Adults Learning Mathematics-A Research Forum (ALM) jointly with the Australian Council for Adult Literacy. Melbourne, Australia 03 - 07 Jul 2005 Melbourne, Australia.
Mathematics for maths anxious tertiary students: integrating the cognitive and affective domains using interactive multimedia
Taylor, Janet and Galligan, Linda. 2006. "Mathematics for maths anxious tertiary students: integrating the cognitive and affective domains using interactive multimedia." Literacy and Numeracy Studies. 15 (1), pp. 23-43.
Synchronous chat and electronic ink for distance support in mathematics
Loch, Birgit and McDonald, Christine. 2007. "Synchronous chat and electronic ink for distance support in mathematics." Innovate: Journal of Online Education. 3 (3), pp. 1-5.
Progressive teaching of mathematics with tablet technology
Loch, Birgit and Donovan, Diane. 2006. "Progressive teaching of mathematics with tablet technology." Australasian Journal of Educational Technology. 9 (2), pp. 1-6.
Tablet technology in first year calculus and linear algebra teaching
Loch, Birgit I.. 2005. "Tablet technology in first year calculus and linear algebra teaching." Bulmer, Michael, MacGillivray, Helen and Varsavsky, Cristina (ed.) Kingfisher Delta '05: 5th Southern Hemisphere Conference on Undergraduate Mathematics and Statistics Teaching and Learning. Fraser Island, Australia 22 - 26 Nov 2005 Brisbane, Australia.
An innovative learning model for computation in first year mathematics
Tonkes, E. J., Loch, B. I. and Stace, A. W.. 2005. "An innovative learning model for computation in first year mathematics." International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology. 36 (7), pp. 751-759. https://doi.org/10.1080/00207390500271677