An interactive zoo guide: a case study of collaborative learning

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Shi, Hao (2010) An interactive zoo guide: a case study of collaborative learning. The International Journal of Multimedia & Its Applications (IJMA), 2 (2). pp. 57-67. ISSN 0975-5934 (print) 0975-5578 (online)


Real Industry Projects and team work can have a great impact on student learning but providing these activities requires significant commitment from academics. It requires several years planning implementing to create a collaborative learning environment that mimics the real world ICT (Information and Communication Technology) industry workplace. In this project, staff from all the three faculties, namely the Faculty of Health, Engineering and Science, Faculty of Arts, Education and Human Development, and Faculty of Business and Law in higher education work together to establish a detailed project management plan and to develop the unit guidelines for participating students. The proposed project brings together students from business, multimedia and computer science degrees studying their three project-based units within each faculty to work on a relatively large IT project with our industry partner, Melbourne Zoo. This paper presents one multimedia software project accomplished by one of the multi-discipline student project teams. The project was called ‘Interactive ZooOz Guide’ and developed on a GPS-enabled PDA device in 2007. The developed program allows its users to navigate through the Zoo via an interactive map and provides multimedia information of animals on hotspots at the ‘Big Cats’ section of the Zoo so that it enriches user experience at the Zoo. A recent development in zoo applications is also reviewed. This paper is also intended to encourage academia to break boundaries to enhance students’ learning beyond classroom.

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Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 0803 Computer Software
Historical > FOR Classification > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy
Historical > SEO Classification > 9305 Education and Training Systems
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Engineering and Science
Keywords ResPubID19892, ResPubID19557, industry projects, multimedia applications, mobile computing, global positioning system (GPS), collaborative learning, software project management
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