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A Platform for Actively Supporting e-Learning in Mobile Networks

A Platform for Actively Supporting e-Learning in Mobile Networks
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Author(s): Basit A. Khan (Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway) and Mihhail Matskin (Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway)
Copyright: 2010
Volume: 2
Issue: 1
Pages: 25
Source title: International Journal of Mobile and Blended Learning (IJMBL)
Editor(s)-in-Chief: David Parsons (The Mind Lab by Unitec, New Zealand) and Kathryn Mac Callum (University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand)
DOI: 10.4018/jmbl.2010010104

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Abstract

The ubiquitous availability of wireless networks has opened new possibilities for individuals to learn from each other in open learning spaces like cities. Therefore, the changed learning environment must be understood by e-learning systems and technological facilities must be provided for knowledge sharing and construction. Such systems need to be pedagogically sound, yet adaptive to altered modalities. The teacher who was once the central entity to fulfill the learner’s needs may not always be available. Therefore, e-learning systems would fill the gap created by this teacher unavailability by actively participating in learning activities and performing some of the teacher’s roles. This article proposes an architecture designed to meet such challenges in a city-wide context. The authors outline the main components and services needed to fulfill the new requirements and provide the learners with tools, services and educational support for learning activities.

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