Tools for Students Doing Mobile Fieldwork

Mattias Rost, Lars Erik Holmquist
2008 Fifth IEEE International Conference on Wireless, Mobile, and Ubiquitous Technology in Education (wmute 2008)  
Students are not always sitting at their desk but are also out in the world. In a university course teaching ethnography and design students were out in the field making observations and collecting data. We gave them access to a wiki, which they used to upload field notes and material as a support for collaboration. In this paper we present three tools we built and deployed to aid the students when in field and when collaborating. The first is a mobile tool used to gather data: a program
more » ... on the students' mobile phones let them take photos, record video and audio, and write simple text notes, which are automatically uploaded to the wiki. The second is an awareness tool that enables the students to quickly see what the others have done in the wiki. The third is a novel browser for the uploaded data, which relates objects by both time and location. We also talk about the experience from having students using the tools live during the course.
doi:10.1109/wmute.2008.14 dblp:conf/wmte/RostH06 fatcat:topkjv7txjhyrmjnnfsxosmq3q