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Issue No. 03 - July-September (2010 vol. 3)
ISSN: 1939-1382
pp: 214-227
K. Scott , Lakehead University, Ontario
R. Benlamri , Lakehead University, Ontario
This paper describes a cost-effective infrastructure for building ubiquitous collaborative learning spaces. It uses techniques from the Semantic Web and ubiquitous computing to build a learner-centric service-based architecture to transform existing traditional learning spaces (e.g., classrooms, computer labs, meeting rooms, and hallways) into intelligent ambient learning environments. This is achieved by blending a number of inexpensive technologies which are optimally configured to provide services that can perceive a learners' location and schedule, identify current learning activity, recommend learning resources, and enable effective real-time collaboration and resource sharing between learners and their instructors. These services are semantically defined and homogeneously integrated using a shared ontology, service policies, and inference rules. Service invocation and coordination are triggered at runtime by context-changes in the learning environment, thus offering full context awareness and providing real-time support for various learning modes, including formal, informal, and Ad hoc collaborative learning. Furthermore, the learning is supported by a range of mobile devices that are commonly used by learners to enable better instruction and communication. A prototype system is developed and tested using different learning scenarios. The system has also been tested by a group of learners whose feedback is provided for performance assessment.
Ubiquitous learning systems, learning space design, collaborative learning, mobile learning, Semantic Web, mobile computing, context awareness.

K. Scott and R. Benlamri, "Context-Aware Services for Smart Learning Spaces," in IEEE Transactions on Learning Technologies, vol. 3, no. , pp. 214-227, 2010.
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