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Mobile Learning Leaders to Transform Education Through Digital Publishing PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 12 April 2010

Abilene Christian University, Cambridge University Press and Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs have embarked on a joint research project whose intent is to set out a new path towards the future of publishing - from creation through distribution - by putting tools that enhance education in the hands of individuals.

For hundreds of years, educators have relied on static, standardised textbooks to deliver information to students. A new generation of mobile devices is changing the education landscape, offering students opportunities for dynamic, individualised learning. With the advent of converged mobile technologies (epitomised first by Apple's iPhone and iPod touch mobile digital devices and most recently by the introduction of Apple's iPad tablet computer) the three organisations have been analysing what it means to read, write, and publish in the learning space in the digital age. The three-year research project extends collaboration that has been underway for almost a full year as all sides worked to understand the impact of new technologies.

These tools will be based on a core set of software prototypes the three parties are developing that will add a new dimension to the learning experience. They will stimulate insight by presenting users with a diverse range of content - images, text, audio, and video - all on the same device, engaging users with serendipitous access to information. These tools will support a level of personalisation and customisation necessary for effective learning.

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Last Updated ( Tuesday, 13 April 2010 )
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