Mobile Personal Environment for Higher Education
Thüs, Hendrik and Akbari, Mostafa and Schroeder, Ulrik (2011) Mobile Personal Environment for Higher Education. pp. 1-10. In: Proceedings of the The PLE Conference 2011, 10th - 12th July 2011, Southampton, UK.
By using currently popular tools like blogs or wikis and services like social networks, the users are becoming more and more involved into the production of content instead of just consuming it. This style of working should not only be used for pleasure but can also be embedded into higher education. Students should not only passively listen to lectures but also participate actively and help fellow students solving certain tasks. This can be done by using modern hand-held devices. Due to the ability of those devices to determine its current position, the collaboration and networking factor can be extended by location-based services. It would be easier to communicate or to collaborate with other people if one knows where these persons are. Some situations can be handled more easily and effective if there is such a location-based PLE system that allows communication and collaboration among its peers. The proposed application for the Android operating system will be focused on location-based scenarios for higher education. Students will have the possibility to offer help by providing skills and to receive help by searching for close-by people, to store and to retrieve information location-based, and to participate more active in lectures. This improves communication between students and helps them to improve their learning.
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