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Program ID: Innovation Anthology #211
Program Date: 03/17/2009
Program Category: Information Technology, Technology

Distance Education by Cell Phone

Imagine working in the bush, on a pipeline or at the oil sands. If you have access to a cell phone or PDA, you could very well pick up a university education at the same time.

That’s the objective of Dr. Kinshuk at Athabasca University.

With the support of iCORE, Xerox and Alan Markin of Canadian Natural Resources Ltd., Dr. Kinshuk has a new industrial research chair to adapt mobile technology to distance learning.

DR. KINSHUK: We want to provide them with very contextual information and relate it to their real life. So we are doing is modeling of four things. One is that we are modeling the student their differences, past performance, behavior, developmental abilities and so on. Then We are modeling the device they are using. And adapting the content, adapting the instructions to that particular device, and then we are modeling the location, where the users are and identifying what are the different things available in that environment that we can use for the purpose of learning.

According to Dr. Kinshuk, cell phone screens are too small for reading material, but their video, GPS and text messaging capabilities are well suited to collaborative learning among students.

Thanks today to iCORE

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