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Ubiquitous Computing in Learning: Toward a Conceptual Framework of Ubiquitous Learning Environment

Luyi Li (Faculty of Engineering, Tokushima University 2‐1, Minami‐Josanjima, Tokushima, 770‐8506, Japan)
Yanlin Zheng (Faculty of Engineering, Tokushima University 2‐1, Minami‐Josanjima, Tokushima, 770‐8506, Japan)
Hiroaki Ogata (Faculty of Engineering, Tokushima University 2‐1, Minami‐Josanjima, Tokushima, 770‐8506, Japan)
Yoneo Yano (Faculty of Engineering, Tokushima University 2‐1, Minami‐Josanjima, Tokushima, 770‐8506, Japan)

International Journal of Pervasive Computing and Communications

ISSN: 1742-7371

Article publication date: 1 August 2005

Abstract

The impact of Ubiquitous Computing on Learning is not confined within technical dimension. Besides its technical facilitation, this new computing paradigm also challenges human’s belief on learning, and compels us to rethink on the design of learning resources and environments. The paper explores the concept of Ubiquitous Learning, and proposes a conceptual framework for a Ubiquitous Learning Environment (ULE) design and implementation. A ULE is established on the combination between Real World and Virtual Space, Personal Space and Shared Space. Learning in a ULE is conducted in the interactions among three essential communicative elements: Social Human, Object in real world, and Artifact in virtual space. A learning process is a social transfer process between tacit and explicit knowledge. Context‐Awareness is indispensable to all kinds of interactions in a ULE. In particular, this paper gives a discussion to context‐awareness supported Interoperability and Adaptability in a ULE, and suggests a five‐dimensional (Who, What, How, When, Where) representation approach for modeling context and providing context‐awareness information. In the practical dimension, this paper presents a design framework for a ULE implementation by integrating the applications of present affordable learning devices, such as networked PCs (Personal Computer), PDAs (Personal Digital Assistant), mobile phones, sensors, and RFIDs. A basic learning system architecture in a ULE and a prototype ubiquitous language learning system are also addressed in this paper.

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Li, L., Zheng, Y., Ogata, H. and Yano, Y. (2005), "Ubiquitous Computing in Learning: Toward a Conceptual Framework of Ubiquitous Learning Environment", International Journal of Pervasive Computing and Communications, Vol. 1 No. 3, pp. 207-216. https://doi.org/10.1108/17427370580000127

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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