Recently presented at the 6th International Conference on Multimedia and Ubiquitous Engineering (MUE, 2012) the paper “Space-aware Design FActors for Located Learning Activities Supported with Smart Phones” a work by Patricia Santos, Mar Pérez-Sanagustín, Davinia Hernández-Leo & Josep Blat.
Complete reference: Santos, P., Pérez-Sanagustín, M., Hernández-Leo, D. & Blat, J. Space-aware Design Factors for Located Learning Activities Supported with Smart Phones, In: Proceedings of the 6th Multimedia and Ubiquitous Engineering (MUE 2012). Leganés:2012, pp. 792-798. (psantosetal-Space-awareDesignFactors-MUE-2012).
Here you have the abstract and the access to the full paper (psantosetal-Space-awareDesignFactors-MUE-2012).
Mobile technologies are currently being applied to facilitate the development of learning activities in diverse spaces beyond the classroom. Indoors and outdoors spaces are augmented with located digital Educational Resources (ER) through specific technologies that provide a sensory input to smart phones that can indicate position and, thus, enable located learning activities. Especially, the potential that smart phones have, make these devices adequate to facilitate the access to located ERs. This paper proposes four space-aware design factors (the space, the connectivity, the position-based technologies and the guidance) that have to be considered for designing located learning activities supported with smart phones. The application of the factors is explained through four illustrative located learning scenarios. The paper discusses how the combination of these factors affects the design of the activity, accessing to the ERs and monitoring the students’ progress.
Other interesting papers have been presented. You can have a look at the full program here. Really interesting for me the work by Salvatore Venticinque et al. called “Semantically Augmented Exploitation of Pervasive Environments by Intelligent Agents”.