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Loosely Coupled Web Representations: A REST Service and JavaScript Wrapper for Sharing Web-Based Visual Representations
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, , The Open University, UK, United Kingdom ; , University of Bath, United Kingdom ; , The Open University, UK, United Kingdom

EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Victoria, Canada ISBN 978-1-939797-03-2 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC

Abstract

This paper presents the design and application of a web service architecture for providing shared access to web-based visual representations, such as dynamic models, simulations and visualizations. The Shared Representations (SR) system was created to facilitate the development of collaborative and co-operative learning activities over the web, and has been applied to provide shared group access to: a high-resolution image viewer, a virtual petrological microscope, and a forces and motion spring simulation. As well as explaining the architecture and three applications, we briefly present the findings from a user study looking at primary school children’s use of a shared spring simulation. The study findings indicate that shared access to a web-based simulation complements exploratory discussion and enables learners to demonstrate their understanding of a subject. Future work will explore how the system can be combined with dialogic support and embedded in activities to encourage learners with contrasting opinions to discuss and resolve their differing perspectives.

Citation

Collins, T., Quick, K., Joiner, R. & Littleton, K. (2013). Loosely Coupled Web Representations: A REST Service and JavaScript Wrapper for Sharing Web-Based Visual Representations. In J. Herrington, A. Couros & V. Irvine (Eds.), Proceedings of EdMedia 2013--World Conference on Educational Media and Technology (pp. 1580-1589). Victoria, Canada: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved July 3, 2020 from .

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