Title: Development and instructional application of u-library on butterfly and wetland ecology for context-aware ubiquitous learning

Authors: Ju-Ling Shih, Gwo-Jen Hwang, Yu-Chung Chu

Addresses: Department of Information and Learning Technology, National University of Tainan, Shulin St., Tainan city 70005, Taiwan. ' Department of Information and Learning Technology, National University of Tainan, Shulin St., Tainan city 70005, Taiwan. ' Department of Information and Learning Technology, National University of Tainan, Shulin St., Tainan city 70005, Taiwan

Abstract: The aim of this research is to build a digital library for mobile and ubiquitous learning situation. To facilitate the concept of context-aware ubiquitous learning, the database includes not only the metadata of digital content but also the global positioning system (GPS) waypoint and radio frequency identification (RFID) positioning codes with the instructional application on butterfly and wetland ecology content. The evaluation of the u-library system was done with questionnaire that contains three parts, namely website design, system uniqueness and potential to instruction. The results find that u-library system has gained users| positive responses in all aspects. The feature of containing GPS waypoint has made the u-library particularly unique and different from other systems.

Keywords: context-aware u-learning; ubiquitous learning; digital libraries; u-library; ecology materials; instructional strategies; mobile learning; m-learning; metadata; digital content; global positioning systems; GPS waypoints; radio frequency identification; RFID positioning; butterflies; wetland ecology.

DOI: 10.1504/IJMLO.2010.033554

International Journal of Mobile Learning and Organisation, 2010 Vol.4 No.3, pp.253 - 268

Published online: 04 Jun 2010 *

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