Helping Teachers Create a Dynamic Learning Environment Using Pen-based Technology

By Jose-Vicente Benlloch-Dualde, Felix Buendia, Juan-Carlos Cano, Sara Blanc and Lenin Lemus.

Published by The International Journal of Technologies in Learning

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There is evidence that Pen-based Technologies (PBTs) can facilitate radical changes that would make it possible to address problems typically associated with lecture-based pedagogical models. In the context of university-level Computer Science studies, there is widespread consensus that PBTs—and tablet PCs, in particular—are tools that have great potential for encouraging interaction in the classroom and promoting a far more dynamic learning environment. In view off the complexity of these types of technology and their explosive evolution, it would be advisable to assist teachers who wish to utilize them by developing strategies based on a conceptualization of their educational capabilities. With this objective in mind, this article analyzes the use of concept maps as tools for modeling both the instructional domain and the PBTs domain. To validate the proposed approach, a number of workshops were conducted, in which professors of Engineering were given a presentation on the educational capabilities of these technologies and then had the opportunity to experiment with tablet PCs and other digital ink devices. Participants completed a pre-questionnaire at the start of the workshop; its questions were generated from a generic concept map for the instructional domain, and its purpose was to list each professor’s instructional requirements. Next, recommendations for use were developed, based on the PBTs concept map, and converted to the questions on a post-questionnaire completed at the end of the workshop, on which the teachers indicated the degree to which they agreed with the recommendations. More than 70 professors from different departments participated in these workshops, and their overall evaluation was quite favorable.

Keywords: Digital Ink, Tablet PC, Pen-based Technology, Concept Maps, Instructional Design

International Journal of Technologies in Learning, Volume 19, Issue 2, pp.107-120. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 567.088KB).

Jose-Vicente Benlloch-Dualde

Associate Professor, Department of Computer Engineering, Universitat Politècnica de València, Valencia, Spain

José-V. Benlloch-Dualde is Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Engineering at the Universitat Politècnica de València, since 1990. His teaching activities mainly deal with Computer Technology and Multimedia Systems. His research interests include Computer Vision, Multimedia Systems and Technology-Enhanced Learning. On 2008 he was awarded by Hewlett-Packard in the program HP Technology for Teaching Grant Initiative, Transforming teaching and learning through technology. In 2010 he received the Teaching Excellence Award, granted by the Generalitat Valenciana and the Universitat Politècnica de València. He is actually responsible of a research group devoted to using Pen-Based Technologies in engineering courses. As a council member of the European Association for Education in Electrical and Information Engineering (EAEEIE), he has been actively engaged in European projects on Engineering Education for more than ten years. He is also a member of the IEEE Education Society.

Felix Buendia

Universitat Politècnica de València, Valencia, Spain

Juan-Carlos Cano

Universitat Politècnica de València, Valencia, Spain

Sara Blanc

Universitat Politècnica de València, Valencia, Spain

Lenin Lemus

Universitat Politècnica de València, Valencia, Spain