Design Model of a Mobile Performance Support System for Researchers

By Nilgun Ozdamar Keskin and David Metcalf.

Published by Ubiquitous Learning: An International Journal

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This paper describes the basic design characteristics of the “Mobile Academic Research Support (MARS) Project” which has been designed for researchers to improve and support their research methods. The MARS project is based on the mobile performance support system (MPSS) model which meets the needs of researchers by providing information, guidance and decision support capability. In other words, MPSS is a system that can rapidly provide access to detailed procedures, definitions, examples, case studies, references and then guide the user by showing the processes step by step. MPSS holds promise in accomplishing complex tasks for educational and training purposes and provides mobile access to support learning and performance. Furthermore, the MARS design model combines course, online resources, advisor, help, communication and my process tools. It provides access to the information through variety of mobile devices such as i-Phone, Nokia, g-Phone, etc. The MARS system will be used in the USA and Turkey in both English and Turkish.

Keywords: Mobile Performance Support System (MPSS), Research Methods Training, m-Learning, Mobile Design, Smartphone, iPhone, Mobile Devices

Ubiquitous Learning: An International Journal, Volume 2, Issue 3, pp.105-110. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.605MB).

Nilgun Ozdamar Keskin

Research Assistant, Anadolu University, Eskisehir, Turkey

David Metcalf

Researcher, University of Central Florida, Orlando, USA