Classrooms with Electronic Walls: An Emerging Collaborative Teaching Learning System for Effective Distance Education in Nigeria
This paper describes research and development efforts on building classrooms with electronic walls. As part of their training towards a first-degree programme, the 300Level students of Computer Science in all universities in Nigeria are mandated to undergo a compulsory six months industry based training. During this period, the students are ‘disconnected’ from the university community and from their course mates. By using notebook computers, pen-based interfaces, wireless network infrastructures and customized software; the classroom setting can be simulated to create a collaborative learning setting. The students though are geographically distributed across the country; they can be linked together by shared data, collaborative discussions and pedagogical guidance of the IT coordinators and instructors. The work will show how students through this approach can acquire skills in inquiry, research methodology, and statistical and mathematical analysis.
Keywords: Notebook Computers, Pen-Based Interfaces, Wireless Network, Customized Software, Classroom Simulated, Collaborative Learning
Onaolapo Francisca Oladipo
Lecturer, Computer Science Department