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Toward interactive mobile synchronous learning environment with context-awareness service
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Computers & Education Volume 51, Number 3, ISSN 0360-1315 Publisher: Elsevier Ltd

Abstract

Mobile synchronous learning is a new challenge in the e-learning domain. While popular mobile communication devices, such as cell phones, cannot directly accommodate traditional synchronous content due to the major limitation of display size, other constraints also restrict convenient interactions while using mobile devices in a synchronous learning environment. These problems have motivated the authors of this study to design a context-awareness synchronous learning system and to develop a corresponding pedagogical framework. Different than existing synchronous learning strategies, the proposed system enhances the feedback mechanism and implements an enhanced model for achieving mobile interaction in a synchronous learning environment. The enhanced model is named Interactive Service Module, which enables interactions between teachers and students via short message delivery. In the proposed synchronous learning environment, different kinds of learning devices are used to access the same source of synchronous content simultaneously. To accommodate the diversity of devices, several content styles have been developed and an appropriate style can be selected to a learner via a decision mechanism. This mechanism is based on fuzzy weighted average technique to measure the average computational power for each device. Finally, questionnaires were used to evaluate the usability of the proposed synchronous learning environment, and the results indicate that our system can facilitate synchronous learning by enabling students to access lessons conveniently and efficiently from a wide variety of locations, using common mobile communication devices.

Citation

Huang, Y.M., Kuo, Y.H., Lin, Y.T. & Cheng, S.C. (2008). Toward interactive mobile synchronous learning environment with context-awareness service. Computers & Education, 51(3), 1205-1226. Elsevier Ltd. Retrieved October 14, 2019 from .

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Full text is availabe on Science Direct: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.compedu.2007.11.009

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