WAYS – What Are You Studying? A community tool for learners on the move
Luigi Colazzo, Dept. Computer and Management Sciences, Italy ; Hannes Haller, Tangram Bolzano Srl, Italy ; Andrea Molinari, Dept. Computer and Management Sciences, Italy
EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Vancouver, Canada ISBN 978-1-880094-62-4 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC
The WAYS (What Are You Studying) prototype is an attempt to use mobile technologies as a medium for creating virtual communities in learning settings. WAYS introduces the idea of "proximity learning" allowing mobile learners to enter in contact with and share a virtual space for learning with other people that are studying the same material / topic / exam etc. in an area covered by a WAYS server. The tool, included in a Virtual Community System, is based on Smartphone devices, PDAs, and in general, mobile devices able to connect to the Internet and take advantage of the large availability of communication devices, nearly present in everybody's pocket. These devices are small, manageable, highly transportable and, most of all, people are already familiar with them and feel reasonably competent in using them. This is the perfect condition for mobile learning, a fermenting technology that enhances learning by means of these technologies, to become the next one that will impact our future lifestyles.
Colazzo, L., Haller, H. & Molinari, A. (2007). WAYS – What Are You Studying? A community tool for learners on the move. In C. Montgomerie & J. Seale (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2007--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 1331-1339). Vancouver, Canada: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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