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Context aware services for smart learning environments

dc.contributor.advisorBenlamri, Rachid
dc.contributor.authorScott, Kristopher
dc.description.abstractThis thesis describes a cost-effective infrastructure and implementation for building ubiquitous 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 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 using service policies based on a shared ontology and reasoning techniques, and the system is designed to dynamically adapt to fulfill technological needs in a variety of learning situations. The proposed system uses many patterns of formal, informal, and collaborative learning supported by a range of mobile and handheld computer devices to enable better instruction in various learning setups. A prototype system is designed and built, a few learning scenarios are presented, and some test case user feedback is provided to evaluate and analyze the system.en_US
dc.subjectContext-aware computingen_US
dc.subjectUbiquitous computingen_US
dc.subjectInternet in educationen_US
dc.subjectEducatinal technologyen_US
dc.subjectComputer network architecturesen_US
dc.titleContext aware services for smart learning environmentsen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US of Science : Electricalen_US Universityen_US

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