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Ubiquitous and Mobile Learning in the Digital Age

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Designing Tools for Context-Aware Mobile Educational Content Adaptation

  • Panagiotis ZervasAffiliated withInformation Technologies Institute (ITI), Centre for Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH)Department of Digital Systems, University of Piraeus Email author 
  • , Demetrios G. SampsonAffiliated withInformation Technologies Institute (ITI), Centre for Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH)Department of Digital Systems, University of Piraeus
  • , Sergio GómezAffiliated withDepartment of Computer Technology and Architecture (ATC), Polithechnic School, University of Girona
  • , Ramón FabregatAffiliated withDepartment of Computer Technology and Architecture (ATC), Polithechnic School, University of Girona

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Abstract

Over the past years, the widespread ownership of mobile devices has led to research initiatives that investigate the potential educational benefits from enabling learners’ access to digital educational resources without place and device constraints. Nevertheless, most of existing digital educational resources are currently developed considering desktop PCs as the delivery end. As a result, investigating the potential exploitation of learners’ mobile contextual information for developing mobile content adaptation mechanisms has attracted research interest. However, existing mechanisms for context-aware mobile content adaptation adopt hardwired implementations of their adaptation engines based on predefined instances of learners’ contextual information. This limits the flexibility of these engines in terms of extensions and inter-exchange with other systems and applications. A possible solution to this problem could be the formal description of these engines by using a notation language that is independent of the particular implementation of the mobile content adaptation mechanism in hand. To this end, in this book chapter, we present (a) a context-aware mobile content adaptation mechanism and a corresponding process based on a notation language (namely, IMS Learning Design specification) and (b) design requirements for tools that enable authoring and delivering of context-aware learning designs with mobile content adaptation features.