Smart classroom: Enhancing collaborative learning using pervasive computing technology

Sik-Sang Yau, Sandeep Gupta, Fariaz Karim, Sheikh I. Ahamed, Yu Wang, Bin Wang

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Abstract

Smart Classroom facilitates collaborative learning among college students. Students in such an environment form small groups to solve a specific problem or develop a group project. In a Smart Classroom, each student has a situation-aware PDA. Students' PDAs dynamically form mobile ad hoc networks for group meetings. Each PDA monitors its situation (locations of PDAs, noise, light, and mobility) and uses situation to trigger communication activity among the students and the instructor for group discussion and automatic distribution of presentation materials. Middleware can effectively address the situation-awareness and ad hoc group communication for pervasive computing by providing development and runtime support to the application software. We have developed a Reconfigurable Context-Sensitive Middleware (RCSM) for such purposes. In this paper, the characteristics of Smart Classroom, how RCSM can be used to develop such an environment and greatly enhance collaborative learning will be presented. The smat classroom will be used for a senior group software engineering project course as an illustrative example.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationASEE Annual Conference Proceedings
Pages13633-13642
Number of pages10
StatePublished - 2003
Event2003 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition: Staying in Tune with Engineering Education - Nashville, TN, United States
Duration: Jun 22 2003Jun 25 2003

Other

Other2003 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition: Staying in Tune with Engineering Education
CountryUnited States
CityNashville, TN
Period6/22/036/25/03

Keywords

  • Collaborative learning
  • Pervasive computing
  • Reconfigurable Context-Sensitive Middleware (RCSM)
  • Situation-awareness
  • Smart Classroom

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)

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    Yau, S-S., Gupta, S., Karim, F., Ahamed, S. I., Wang, Y., & Wang, B. (2003). Smart classroom: Enhancing collaborative learning using pervasive computing technology. In ASEE Annual Conference Proceedings (pp. 13633-13642)