Instantiation of the Chao framework for the Topeka learning scenario

Orchestration of tablet-based classroom activities

Formal educational institutions, and in particular primary schools, are more and more eager to introduce technologies in their classrooms. These technologies often refer to interactive whiteboards available to teachers, or personal computers available to students.

With the recent development and rise of mobile devices, tablets represent an attractive alternative. They are now more affordable, mobile and lightweight, and popular amongst both teachers and students. Researchers also took advantage of these devices to design new learning situations. For example, some studies were concerned with the use of handheld devices in the classrooms. Other studies pioneered the field of Mobile Learning, but this is already out of the scope of this research project.

While the number of educational applications is skyrocketing, very little is done to help teachers in managing classroom activities using such applications on mobile devices. Some projects try to tackle this issue, but the orchestration technologies designed are very strongly related with the type of learning scenario they are supposed to work with. There is hence a gap between all the educational applications on the market and a model of orchestration technology that could be implemented to support a teacher regardless of the learning scenario enacted. This observation is at the origin of my PhD project.

The main contribution of my PhD project is a model and a software framework that facilitates the development of orchestration technologies and provides an efficient support to teachers during their orchestration tasks.

Below, you can find a list of publications related to this project.