Thursday, November 10, 2005

Pervasive eLearning

(The link is to my newest resource page of links about this topic.)

WHAT IS PERVASIVE ELEARNING?

Ha! Wikipedia doesn't even have the phrase yet. Nor does the eLearning Guru's glossary of eLearning! So let me try my own definition & description:

It's all about mobility, wireless, etc.; basically, it's eLearning Unplugged.

The concept is a grouping of aspects of eLearning that go beyond "online" to a 'next generation' paradigm that makes use, specifically, of the most mobile aspects of technology. It also involves, of course, a somewhat different media perspective (and skill set) than PC based eLearning has been using. Of course, it also involves the necessary rethinking of teaching/learning methods -- yet another learning curve for educators: How do you make coursework available to (and/or created specifically FOR) handhelds, mini PCs, smart phones, etc?

According to the IEEE (hosts of the PerEL 2006: the 2nd International Workshop on Pervasive eLearning in March 2006), aspects of Pervasive eLearning include:
  • mobile communication (asynchronous, synchronous),
  • service and session mobility as well as device independency,
  • techniques for cooperative learning or working,
  • document, knowledge, and service management,
  • realization of pervasive eLearning scenarios,
  • best practice studies and experiences,
  • mark-up languages and frameworks for eLearning,
  • tools and architectures for mobile/ubiquitous eLearning,
  • smart devices and device-independent presentation,
  • security and integrity in wireless environments,
  • eLearning networks,
  • models of pervasive eLearning (e.g. cooperative learning, structured blended learning).
Pervasive eLearning is to be seen as a key technology for tomorrow's e-knowledge society. Here, content, context and community as well as a technical basement are equally important aspects for the realization of a global campus.

PerEL 2006 will discuss new techniques for the support of mobile teaching, learning and working from a pervasive point of view."

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