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Title: Satellite-based delivery of educational content to geographically isolated communities: A service based approach
Authors: Serif, T
Ghinea, G
Stergioulas, L
Chen, SY
Tiropanis, T
Tsekeridou, S
Keywords: Satellite communications;education;Delivery architecture
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: Springer
Citation: Personal Ubiquitous Computing. 13(3): 229-241, Mar 2009
Abstract: Enabling learning for members of geographically isolated communities presents benefits in terms of promoting regional development and cost savings for governments and companies. However, notwithstanding recent advances in e-Learning, from both technological and pedagogical perspectives, there are very few, if any, recognised methodologies for user-led design of satellite-based e-learning infrastructures. In this paper, we present a methodology for designing a satellite and wireless based network infrastructure and learning services to support distance learning for such isolated communities. This methodology entails (a) the involvement of community members in the development of targeted learning services from an early stage, and (b) a service-oriented approach to learning solution deployment. Results show, that, while the technological premises of distance learning can be accommodated by hybrid satellite/wireless infrastructures,this has to be complemented with (a) high-quality audio–visual educational material, and (b) the opportunity for community members to interact with other community members either as groups (common-room oriented scenarios) or individuals (home-based scenarios), thus providing an impetus for learner engagement in both formal and informal activities.
ISSN: 1617-4909
Appears in Collections:Computer Science
Dept of Computer Science Research Papers

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