Title: Ubiquitous Learning Grid: self-building knowledge in cross-boundary virtual learning communities

Authors: Cheng-Sian Chang, Tzung-Shi Chen

Addresses: Department of Information and Learning Technology, National University of Tainan, 70005 Taiwan. ' Department of Computer Science and Information Engineering, National University of Tainan, 70005 Taiwan

Abstract: Recent advances in Information and Communication Technologies, especially web technology, mean not only that e-learning is unlimited in location of computers, but also that learners can study in the virtual learning environment. This situation may present some problems, such as social skills, personalisation/individualisation, self-regulated learning skills and communication problem. To resolve these problems, this study provides a cyclic model of self-building knowledge conversion including learning community, learning resource and realistic world. This model provides a Ubiquitous Learning Grid service. With this service, learners will desire to become knowledgeable through sharing, exchanging, communicating and discussing with other members of the community.

Keywords: context awareness; e-learning; learning grid; self-building knowledge; ubiquitous learning; electronic learning; online learning; grid computing; virtual learning communities; knowledge conversion; knowledge sharing; knowledge exchange.

DOI: 10.1504/IJAHUC.2011.042352

International Journal of Ad Hoc and Ubiquitous Computing, 2011 Vol.8 No.3, pp.189 - 201

Received: 01 Apr 2010
Accepted: 14 May 2010

Published online: 05 Sep 2011 *

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