Title: Supporting mobile connectivity: from learning scenarios to multi-channel devices

Authors: Jose Rouillard, Yvan Peter, Jean-Claude Tarby, Thomas Vantroys, Vincent Chevrin

Addresses: LIFL, Universite des Sciences et Technologies de Lille, 59655 Villeneuve d'Ascq cedex, France. ' LIFL, Universite des Sciences et Technologies de Lille, 59655 Villeneuve d'Ascq cedex, France. ' LIFL, Universite des Sciences et Technologies de Lille, 59655 Villeneuve d'Ascq cedex, France. ' LIFL, Universite des Sciences et Technologies de Lille, 59655 Villeneuve d'Ascq cedex, France. ' LIFL, Universite des Sciences et Technologies de Lille, 59655 Villeneuve d'Ascq cedex, France

Abstract: The introduction of distance learning does not only bring a wider audience, but also much more diversity among the learners: first, because it can be integrated more easily into a Life-long Learning strategy; secondly, because the learners are not restricted to a single area and thus learners from different countries and with different cultures follow the curriculum. We have observed this in various DL diplomas in which we participate. In this article, we will shed some light on the difficulties and challenges arising from these multicultural settings. Based on our research work, we would like to insist on two particular points which are the necessity to adapt the pedagogical settings (e.g. pedagogical scenarios) according to the learners| behaviour to overcome unforeseen problems due to cultural differences and the importance of considering mobile technologies to overcome limited access to the technology in developing countries and to ensure continuous interaction among learners and with tutors.

Keywords: distance learning; multi-modal communication; multi-channel communication; pedagogical scenarios; workflow; mobile connectivity; lifelong learning; multicultural learning; cultural differences; mobile communications; m-learning; developing countries.

DOI: 10.1504/IJCEELL.2008.019641

International Journal of Continuing Engineering Education and Life-Long Learning, 2008 Vol.18 No.4, pp.396 - 410

Available online: 18 Jul 2008 *

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