How can Communities of Practice and UMI technologies support and enhance STEM learning
European Society for Socially Embedded Technologies (EUSSET)
Recently there has been a rise in research focused on the use of Communities of Practice (COP) in Education. The aim of my research is to investigate the role a COP and technology can play in stimulating the learning of STEM subjects in second-level schools. The central objective here is to explore the use of UMI technologies (Ubiquitous computing, Mobile technology and the Internet-of-Things), alongside the current STEM curricula to enhance learning in the classroom and to strengthen the communication between members in a COP. To achieve this, my research approach will incorporate a participatory design process and group evaluations. I will collaborate closely with a number of local schools, where design workshops and user studies will be conducted continuously over the course of this research project.