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Defining a research agenda for geographical learning tasks with the G-portal digital library
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Paper presented at the International Conference on Educational Technology, National Institute of Education, Singapore, 2004.
For many years learning management systems have been focused on providing resources
for students. More recently, the growth of digital repositories has provided resources that
can be tagged and searched independently of a course structure. G-portal provides
resources specifically tagged for geographical learning tasks and provides a project space
in which students can collaborate, create resources and share these resources amongst
themselves. This paper reviews the research issues surrounding G-portal using activity
theory as a framework and defines a research agenda based on the capabilities of G-portal.
In particular, issues of information organisation, issues of usability, search
strategies and retrieval techniques, multimodality of representation, transduction of
information and representation of geographic and spatial information will be examined.
The research agenda focuses on three areas: information organisation and representation;
the capabilities of the G-Portal application and its ability to integrate and retrieve
information and geographical task; and the ease with which students are able to undertake
and complete learning tasks about geographical phenomena.
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CRP 39/03 CCH
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