Designing Tools for Context-Aware Mobile Educational Content Adaptation

  • Panagiotis Zervas
  • Demetrios G. Sampson
  • Sergio Gómez
  • Ramón Fabregat


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.



The work of Panagiotis Zervas and Demetrios Sampson has been partly supported by the Open Discovery Space Project that is funded by the European Commission’s CIP-ICT Policy Support Programme (Project Number: 297229).

The work of Sergio Eduardo Gómez Ardila and Ramon Fabregat has been partly supported by the ARreLS project (TIN2011-23930) that is funded by the Spanish Science and Education Ministry and the financial support for the Grant (FI-DGR) provided by the agency AGAUR to one of the authors, Grant record: 2010FI_B00727.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Panagiotis Zervas
    • 1
    • 2
  • Demetrios G. Sampson
    • 1
    • 2
  • Sergio Gómez
    • 3
  • Ramón Fabregat
    • 3
  1. 1.Information Technologies Institute (ITI), Centre for Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH)ThermiGreece
  2. 2.Department of Digital SystemsUniversity of PiraeusPiraeusGreece
  3. 3.Department of Computer Technology and Architecture (ATC), Polithechnic SchoolUniversity of GironaGironaSpain

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