BLENDED LEARNING THROUGH PERVASIVE TECHNOLOGIES
San Jorge University (SPAIN)
About this paper:
Appears in: EDULEARN11 Proceedings
Publication year: 2011
Conference name: 3rd International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies
Dates: 4-6 July, 2011
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Abstract:The proliferation of mobile devices in the last years has transformed e-learning implemented through the classical client-server architecture. This replica of student-teacher pattern where teachers act as the content producers while students act as the content consumers, should be replaced by a system which permits a more creative, adaptable and suitable technology.
Mobile learning, aka m-learning, amplifies the campus scope, preserves the student motivation and allows a more efficient use of time. Students will feel more gladly to learn if they can share their time more effectively and choose the moment and the place to be ready and encouraged to study. The blended learning system must be adapted to each student, focusing on each individual situation and dedicated learning method. The ubiquitous feature of mobile technologies environment provides a flexible and pervasive platform to interconnect user and integrate resources on a natural way. Our work shows how to implement learning collaborators, learning contents, and learning services in a blended learning approach for undergraduates. But to perceive some successful results, the subject topics and the contents should be designed in such a style that should persuade the student to be more creative and expansive leveraging the current technology. In this paper we propose a new methodology based on mobile devices technology to adapt the contents in a ubiquitous learning environment with communicative participants rather than as passive elements. The result will be a virtual classroom with the instructor hints always available and where the knowledge is fluently conveyed in a natural way, integrated in the common lifestyle.
Keywords: Blended learning, pervasive, mobile, ubiquitous, m-learning.