Title: Context-aware support for self-directed ubiquitous-learning

Authors: Moushir M. El-Bishouty, Hiroaki Ogata, Gerardo Ayala, Yoneo Yano

Addresses: Department of Information Science and Intelligent Systems, The University of Tokushima, 2-1 Minami-Josanjima, 770-8506 Tokushima, Japan. ' Department of Information Science and Intelligent Systems, The University of Tokushima, 2-1 Minami-Josanjima, 770-8506 Tokushima, Japan. ' Escuela de Ingenieria/School of Engineering, Universidad de las Americas, Sta. Catarina Martir, Cholula, Puebla 72820, Mexico. ' Department of Information Science and Intelligent Systems, The University of Tokushima, 2-1 Minami-Josanjima, 770-8506 Tokushima, Japan

Abstract: This research illustrates how ubiquitous technologies can be used to support self-directed learning. It presents the characteristics of the technology-supported self-directed ubiquitous-learning (TSUL) environments. Consequently, we present a model of an environment for supporting self-directed learners doing learning tasks or activities by utilising ubiquitous technologies. This environment allows the learners to interact with the physical world in order to develop their learning experiences in using the real objects. It provides personalised recommendations based on the detected context. It is observed that the environment stimulates self-directed learning and it received positive responses from the learners.

Keywords: TSUL; technology-supported ubiquitous learning; self-directed ubiquitous learning; OOR; object-oriented recommendation; self-directed learning; u-learning; context-awareness; RFID; radio frequency identification; intelligent agents; learner models; ASP; answer sets programming; personalised recommendations.

DOI: 10.1504/IJMLO.2010.033558

International Journal of Mobile Learning and Organisation, 2010 Vol.4 No.3, pp.317 - 331

Published online: 04 Jun 2010 *

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