Archive for the ‘mlearning’ Category

Reality mining

Tuesday, March 18th, 2008

Interesting article about reality mining. Basically it is about collecting “reality information” about people, mainly from their cell phones. For example positioning by GPS, Cell-ID, proximity to hotspots; social networks by analyzing phone logs and bluetooth proximity and so on. This is about the same thing you can do with IYOUIT, but what is explicit in this article is the use of data mining algorithms to analyze the data and factor analysis to find correlations among multiple variables. Using this they can for example “…accurately model the social networks of about 100 MIT students and professors. They could also precisely predict where subjects would meet with members of their networks on any given day of the week”.

This is an aspect to consider for personalizing learning reminders.

Links to relevant publications can be found here at MIT media lab.

Location based services based on Cell-ID

Friday, March 14th, 2008

No activity here for a long time, but now it’s time to start blogging again.

Yesterday I found an interesting article about Place-Its, which might be described as mobile post-it notes that are activated on your cell phone when entering/exiting certain locations. The user can add notes and the criteria for activating the notes, such as “when arriving at work”. The positioning is based on GSM location (MCC, MNC, LAC and Cell-ID). This could be very interesting for mLearning, and relates to the concept Context Awareness, and applications such as IYOUIT and the papers written about that.

I will try to get a student to write some application about that, with the addition of a web based interface as well, and with the addition of adding links to reminders. This could be used for getting reminders of what to study in mLearning situations such as when entering the subway station. Python Series 60 is probably the best choice for developing such an application.

New iPods

Wednesday, September 5th, 2007

Apple just launched new iPods.

The new nano has a screen with a 320×240 pixel resolution, with a price slightly lower than the previous nanos and with more memory. This is very important for mobile learning since the new low-end iPods has a resolution which makes enhanced podcasts created from lecture powerpoints readable.

However, the technically more interesting new iPod is the iPod Touch, basically an iPhone without a phone. The user interface and the screen (480x320px) are similar to iPhones, the ipod has wifi and it also has a Safari web browser. Given the high resolution of the screen and the relatively low price, podcast for education are probably very appealing on this iPod.

Now, let’s just hope that the stupid limitation of not allowing rectangular enhanced podcasts is now removed, and  we have an excellent learning tool!

Enhanced Podcasts – HOWTO KTH

Monday, June 4th, 2007

An enhanced podcast in Swedish about how to make and publish enhanced podcasts in the KTH/CSC environment. The podcast assumes version 2.1.3 of ProfCast. The versions in the lab room “Loftet” is as of today an earlier version and differs in some aspects.

Podcast about podcasts in education

Monday, May 28th, 2007

A presentation by me about using podcasts in education (in Swedish). The enhanced podcast file (m4a) can be viewed using QuickTime or iTunes, the 3gp file is suitable for mobile phones (tested on a SonyEricsson P990i), and the pdf file is… well a pdf file.

Google calendar for mobiles

Friday, May 25th, 2007

Google has just announced mobile support for Google Calendar. Previously, it was possible to sync your google calendars to your mobile calendar using goosync. However, based on my own experience this is rather shaky, and to sync several calendars you have to use the “pro” service, which costs about 30 euro per year (and which doesn’t work very well for me).

The new google service allows you to see (all) your google calendars through the mobile’s web browser. Just point your mobile web browser to and log in using your regular google account.

In my own reserach, I have found that one of the highers prioritized mobile services for students is mobile access to schedules for their courses, and using this service makes that easy.

3 Calls For Papers for “International Journal of Mobile Learning and Organisation”

Thursday, May 24th, 2007

Special Issue on: “Information and Service Personalization for Mobile Learning” (external link: )

Special Issue on: “Emerging Mobile Learning Environments for Industries and Pedagogies” (external link:

Special Issue on: “Mobile Learning and Knowledge Management: Issues in Intellectual Proximity” (external link:

International Journal of Mobile Learning and Organisation (IJMLO)

Thursday, May 24th, 2007

A journal on mobile learning (external link)

Call for Papers WMUTE2008

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2007

First Call for Papers
************************************************************************ 5th International Conference on Wireless, Mobile
and Ubiquitous Technologies in Education (WMUTE 2008)

March 23-26 2008
Beijing, China

Important Dates:

October 5, 2007 Submissions due
November 23, 2007 Notification of acceptance
December 23, 2007 Camera ready papers due
Call For Papers:

The rapid progress of mobile and ubiquitous technologies enables
internet connections, anytime and anywhere, with ease. Traditional
ways of
learning and teaching, happening at fixed times and places such as
schools or offices and limited with numbers of people, are changing
remarkably. Although such technologies allow people to learn in an
appropriate context, they cannot guarantee that the learning
environments we design will be successful. Issues of design,
implementation, deployment and evaluation of such technology supported
learning environments should be investigated from interdisciplinary
points of view, including computer science, educational research,
cognitive science, and so on.

WMUTE 2008 is the 5th international meeting, extending the four
previous WMTE/WMUTE workshops held in 2002 (Vaxjo, Sweden), 2004
(Taipei, Taiwan),
2005 (Tokushima, Japan) and 2006 (Athens, Greece) to become a conference
the first time. This conference provides a forum for researchers and
practitioners of this emerging area for discussing these innovative
learning technologies and challenging research issues through high
quality papers and presentations.
The topics of interest include but are not limited to:

* Innovative and practical use of wireless, mobile and ubiquitous
technologies for education, learning and training
* Adaptive and adaptable learning environments using mobile and
ubiquitous devices
* Agent support for mobile and ubiquitous learning
* Architectures and implementations of context-aware learning
technology systems
* Architectures and infrastructures for ubiquitous learning systems
* Design of learner-supportive interfaces of ubiquitous learning
* Designs for wireless, mobile and ubiquitous technologies in education
* Digital tangibles or wireless sensor networks for learning
* Entertainment computing for ubiquitous learning
* Evaluation and evaluation methodologies for ubiquitous learning
* Game-based learning in mobile and ubiquitous learning environments
* Innovative devices for mobile/ubiquitous learning
* Amalgamating Integrating individual and collaborative learning in
mobile and ubiquitous learning environments
* Lifelong learning support in ubiquitous/mobile environment
* Mobile and ubiquitous computing support for collaborative learning
* Mobile, ubiquitous and wireless technologies for indoor and outdoor
* New pedagogical theories for ubiquitous learning environments and
* Virtual, augmented and mixed reality technologies for ubiquitous/
mobile learning
General Co-Chairs:

Tak-Wai Chan, National Central University, Taiwan
Demetrios G. Sampson, University of Piraeus, Greece

Local Chair:
Ronghuai Huang, Beijing Normal University, China

Program Co-Chairs:
Claire O’Malley, University of Nottingham, UK
Masanori Sugimoto, University of Tokyo, Japan

Program Committee:
Mohamed Ally, Athabasca University, Canada
Gerardo Ayala, Universidad de las Americas, Puebla, Mexico
Chih-Yung Chang, Tamkang University, Taiwan
Maiga Chang, Office of e-Learning National Project, Taiwan
Yam-San Chee, National Institute of Education, Singapore
Irene Y.L. Chen, Ching Yun University, Taiwan
Weiqin Chen, University of Bergen, Norway
Panayiotis Demestichas, University of Piraeus, Greece
Guangzuo Cui, Peking University, P.R. China
Ulrich Hoppe, University Duisburg-Essen, Germany
Sherry Hsi, Exploratorium, USA
Gwo-Jen Hwang, National University of Tainan, Taiwan
Tomoo Inoue, University of Tsukuba, Japan
Qun Jin, Waseda University, Japan
Kinshuk, Athabasca University, Canada
Siu Cheung Kong, Hong Kong Institute of Education, Hong Kong
Lam-for Kwok, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Chen-Chung Liu, National Central University, Taiwan
Chee-Kit Looi, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Rose Luckin, Institute of Education, UK
Rory McGreal, Athabasca University, Canada
Marcelo Milrad, Vaxjo University, Sweden
Jun Nakahara, University of Tokyo, Japan
Hiroaki Ogata, Tokushima University, Japan
Roy Pea, Stanford University, USA
Jeremy Roschelle, SRI International, USA
Danae Stanton Fraser, Bath University, UK
Mike Sharples, University of Nottingham, UK
Timothy K. Shih, Tamkang University, Taiwan
Elliot Soloway, University of Michigan, USA
Marcus Specht, Open University of the Netherlands, The Netherlands
Yao-Tin Sung, National Taiwan Normal University, Taiwan
Makiko Takenaka, Oita University, Japan
Deborah Tatar, Virginia Tech, USA
Qiong Wang, Peking University, P.R.China
Earl Woodruff, University of Toronto, Canada
Stephen J. H. Yang, National Central University, Taiwan

Mobile phone emulators

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2007

Links to two mobile phone emulators (external links): (web-based, free) (Windows, Linux, Mac clients, trial versions available)