Title Using wireless technologies for context sensitive education and training
Project Number 133846-LLP-2007-IE-LMP
Project Type Development of Innovation
Country EU-Centralised Projects
The profile of the typical mobile device is changing rapidly. It is estimated by 2010 that the number of people using mobile broadband connections will have increased to over half a billion. This access is being made on all types of mobile devices: mobile phones, media players, handheld games consoles, ultra portable PCs, etc. Already one is seeing a great deal of convergence in the marketplace; while it is common to see people carrying both a mobile phone and a media player, such as an iPod, these devices are merging, with mobile phones offering gigabytes of storage for audio and video. Devices running Windows Mobile and Symbian have many of the features of laptops or desktop computers and are now being used to access the net at broadband speeds.
As a result it is now possible to envisage an audience for mobile learning content which is media rich, collaborative and always available to the user. Using established technologies such as GPS and SCORM, and developing for newer technologies such as RFID (Radio Frequency Identification), QR Codes and Mobile Positioning, training content can be developed for both context sensitive and location based delivery. Context sensitive education and training refers to training material which is directly relevant to the training situation that the learner finds themselves in. Location based education and training refers to material which is directly relevant to the location in which the students find themselves.
Summary It is the aim of this project and its objective to contribute to the advance of mobile learning by harnessing the latest technological developments in the field (GPS, RFID, Mobile Positioning) for learning. This will address the development of innovative ICT-based content, services and practice for Lifelong Learning.
The aim of the project is to:
create a General System Design which will enable the development of location sensitive and context sensitive educational courseware using wireless technologies
localise this development to the systems of the partners
develop 4 different types of mobile learning courseware
evaluate student reaction to the mobile learning materials,
write and publish reports from the data.
The aim is to create for the first time in a European Commission project, in so far as is known, context sensitive and location sensitive educational courseware and to teach it to actual students in institutions in different parts of Europe.
Sectors Professional, Scientific and Technical Activities
This General System Design describes at a high level a solution that enables the deployment of content in a context sensitive and location based environment. Due to the fact that IMS (IP Multimedia Subsystem) is being developed by almost all tier 1 telecom operators and their vendors, and due to the innovative nature of this project, it was decided to use IMS to setup, manage and terminate sessions from the content server. From a technical perspective the IMS architecture is a relatively new standard that reuses previously developed IP protocols and introduces new application servers.
The Local System Design has been developed and implemented by the University of Plovdiv, Corvinno Technology Transfer Centre, London Metropolitan University and Ericsson/Giunti.