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The next big thing? Exploiting channels and handheld computers for student learning

Beverley Oliver and Fiona Wright
Curtin University of Technology
The handheld computer (also known as the personal digital assistant or PDA) means that portable computing has become cheaper, lighter and more accessible. In addition, handheld computers can synchronise with desktops to download websites which work offline (known as channels). This paper explores the opportunities for teaching and learning with channels: that is, what are the new horizons and issues when the Web becomes portable? How can this technology (cost, capacity, screen size and battery life) change the online learning environment which has become more commonplace in recent years?
Authors: Beverley Oliver and Fiona Wright, Centre for Educational Advancement, Curtin University of Technology.

Presentation format: Dilemmas in teaching or teaching/learning research

Please cite as: Oliver, B. and Wright, F. (2002). The next big thing? Exploiting channels and handheld computers for student learning. In Focusing on the Student. Proceedings of the 11th Annual Teaching Learning Forum, 5-6 February 2002. Perth: Edith Cowan University. http://lsn.curtin.edu.au/tlf/tlf2002/abstracts/oliverb-abs.html

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