An Innovative Approach to Bringing Comprehensive Ubiquitous Learning Tools onto the Mobile Phone

By Jeff Yucong Luo and Rachid Benlamri.

Published by Ubiquitous Learning: An International Journal

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E-Learning systems have traditionally been developed for notebook and desktop computers through software applications or websites. Mobile phones often lack the processing power of notebooks or desktop computers, and as a result very few accommodations have been made for ubiquitous learning on mobile phones and portable devices. However, the ability to provide a comprehensive ubiquitous learning environment on the mobile phone platform will offer powerful collaborative and interactive learning opportunities. In the spirit of creating a truly ubiquitous environment, there is a need to work with existing technologies and hardware limitations to bring comprehensive ubiquitous learning environments onto the mobile phone. Thus, the main objective of this research work is to develop an interactive mobile learning environment, including the ability to facilitate multi-user web conferencing and collaborative team work. The developed prototype system facilitates the exchange of information and real-time voice and video communications among a large number of participants. Also, the system has successfully connected participants internationally and in small classroom environments. The development efforts represent a deep push into unlocking the mobile phone platform for ubiquitous learning. The paper discusses these technological challenges in details and offers solutions to some of the encountered problems.

Keywords: Ubiquitous Learning, Mobile Learning, Web Conferencing, Interactive Collaborative Learning, Mobile Learning Systems Development

Ubiquitous Learning: An International Journal, Volume 2, Issue 3, pp.129-150. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.836MB).

Jeff Yucong Luo

Undergraduate Student, Department of Software Engineering, Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada

Mr. Jeff Luo is an undergraduate student enrolled in the Honours Bachelor of Engineering with Co-operative Education program at Lakehead University, majoring in Software Engineering. Jeff joined the program in 2007 and has since spent two years researching under the supervision of his professors in various Software Engineering projects. Jeff has also participated in various extracurricular activities in his university, becoming a Student Ambassador as well as a faculty student representative. In 2009, Jeff has been elected to represent the student body in the Lakehead University Senate. Jeff has developed research interests in interactive and multi-threaded software engineering, stereo graphics visualization, human-computer interactions, and distributed and mobile computing, and will continue to pursue his research interests in graduate school.

Dr. Rachid Benlamri

Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Software Engineering, Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada

Dr. Rachid Benlamri is an Associate Professor and the Chair of the Department of Software Engineering at Lakehead University. He graduated in 1985 with a B.Eng. in Computer Engineering from the University of Constantine - Algeria. He was then awarded a Master of Science and a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Manchester - UK in 1987 and 1990 respectively. His research interests are in the area of Semantic Web, Mobile Learning, Ubiquitous Computing, and Multimedia & Semantic Video Analysis.