Making meaningful study groups in mobile learning

This research creates useful and meaningful study groups of students in mobile learning environments by checking the location of various students and analyzing their personal characteristics, such as preferences, learning goals, learning styles, and mental abilities.


Location-based services (LBS) are one of the fundamental components of a wireless cellular network. Mobile devices with a built-in GPS receiver or other type of A-GPS service are becoming more and more popular. Utilizing a mobile device’s location awareness capability within mobile applications has become main-stream. This demo proposes a location-based dynamic grouping algorithm to create an online Mobile Virtual Campus (MVC). Within an MVC mobile learners are provided with suggestions for groups to join based on their geographic location and other relevant learning factors. The learner will be grouped with nearby learners who have similar learning behaviors and profiles or the same learning interests. Within the Mobile Virtual Campus, individual mobile learners are grouped together so they can study courses, discuss topics of common interest or share and experience location-based learning objects, contents, and activities by taking advantage of their relative closeness. The Mobile Virtual Campus provides a new platform for online mobile learners, one in which they can learn interactively and collaboratively just like in a traditional classroom.

References:

Y.-H. Kuo, Q. Tan, Kinshuk, Y.-M. Huang, T.-C. Liu, and M. Chang, “Collaborative Creation of Authentic Examples with Location for U-learning”, Proceedings of the IADIS International Conference on e-Learning 2008 (e-Learning 2008), Amsterdam, Netherlands, July 2008, Volume 2, pp. 16-20.