M-learning programming platform: Evaluation in elementary schools

Efthimios Alepis, Christos Troussas


Mobile learning has invaded the everyday life and therefore evaluation methodology and reporting  should be used so that mobile technologies are tested out in a variety of learning contexts. Το this direction, a mobile learning platform, named m-AFOL, was designed for elementary school students so that they are taught basic programming principles. The platform is a sophisticated learning tool that incorporates affective interaction among learners and tutoring agents in order to maximize educational gains. The paper presents a two-level evaluation study of m-AFOL, estimating its effectiveness and acceptance rate. The evaluation concludes that the mobile facilities of the resulting intelligent tutoring system are highly acceptable (over 80%) from young learners, being keen on using mobile devices while learning. Concluding. the mobile platform is evaluated in comparison with a desktop version of resulting system.

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