Cell Phone Learning Support System (CPLSS)

Today, we have entered an era in which mobile technology is fundamentally changing our culture and impacting every aspect of our lives, including education and training.  By age 21, the average of digital natives will have spent over 10,000 hours on cell phones.   More than 1.5 billion mobile phones are used in the world today, with a half a billion new ones sold every year.  This is more than three times the number of personal computers (PCs), and today’s most sophisticated cell phones have the computing power of a mid-1990’s PC.  So, the mobile education revolution is finally here.  Over 90% of college students now own a cell phone.  Despite what some may consider cell phones’ limitations, students are already inventing ways to use their phones to learn what they want to know.

For the past five years, I have engaged in several mobile learning (m-learning) research projects involving personal digital assistants (PDA), ipods, and other mobile handheld devices.  I have great interest in mobile learning and believe it will be a major extension of e-learning.   I want to continue my research effort in mobile learning focusing on the use of cell phone technology.  Currently, the research in the design and testing of a learning support system using a cell phone is very limited.  I would like to join many researchers in the research institutions and giant corporations like Nokia and Ericsson to conduct research on the use of a cell phone in education and training.

My current (CPLSS) project is attempted to deliver instructional content and learning materials in way that fits into students’ cell phones – their digital lives.  The CPLSS is designed to work with many cell phones, smartphones, or PDA phones and will have four major modules: Java book, Web book, audio book, and video book.  The Java book is a small Java program which runs in the cell phone to display any textual information.  It will be used mainly for displaying the course syllabus, schedule, lecture notes, assignments, quizzes, or other learning materials.  The Web book is actually a mobile Web site displayed in a standard HTML or WAP (Wireless Application Protocol) on a cell phone.  The Web book will be used to retrieve course materials online through a special mobile Web site.  It is designed for a Web-enable cell phone.  The audio book is designed to play recorded lectures, class news, podcasts, digital audio books, interviews with guest experts, or language lessons in MP3 format. Finally, the video book will be used to play instructional videos or demonstrations in 3gp or mp4 format. Both audio and video recordings will be placed online for distribution, downloaded to the cell phone, and then played in the phone when the learner wants to listen or view.  The CPLSS system will enable professors or trainers to provide the course syllabus, class schedule, assignments, quizzes, and other learning materials (in text, audio, and video formats) to students on a cell phone.  The CPLSS project is currently under development.  Hopefully, I will be able to field test the CPLSS in my classes next year.

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About Steve Yuen

I am a Professor Emeritus of Instructional Technology and Design at The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, United States.
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13 Responses to Cell Phone Learning Support System (CPLSS)

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  9. cellplaza says:

    Your readers may be interested in a handy little gadget called a mobile telescope. Seems it fits right in with what your doing, bringing mobile learning.

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  10. jwoodwards says:

    The idea of mobile learning is quickly spreading beyond an idealistic future fad and beginning to assume a place within education as a feasible option. To a large degree, the United States educational system has moved at a slower pace than other countries to incorporate mobile technology in teaching and learning. However, this slow adoption process is beginning to gain momentum and attention.

    University Business discussed the development of university websites going mobile in an article released in their February 2010 magazine. There are a number of institutions that have developed robust mobile websites. The platforms range from iPhone Apps to Android Apps. In fact, some institutions, such as the University of Oxford, have created a mobile website from scratch.

    As students’ become accustomed to accessing the primary website on their mobile device, logic would hold that classes will follow suit. Blackboard Mobile is an application that will allow a blackboard class to become mobile. Desire2Learn now offers teachers and students the ability to access a class over a mobile device; however, the Desire2Learn plug-in is only for blackberry devices at this point. Possibly most exciting, Moodle-the open source course management system-now has a plug in that allows courses to have mobile learning scenarios, and this system is called MOMO.

    The advent of these applications, reveal that mobile learning opportunities are now both feasible and real. The next few years will probably see the improvement and development of these online tools. The big hurdle will be developing these mobile solutions in a way that is accessible by a variety of mobile devices. For instance, the Desire2Learn plug-in seems to only allow blackberry users to access classes in a mobile format. I believe that one of the first developments that should be addressed is the universal accessibility of course material by a myriad of mobile devices.

  11. Patrick Chiang says:

    首先,我贊成老師對於未來Mobile technology對於這個世代的影響以及未來的前景,也對於未來將這些加入到教學活動當中的CPLSS計劃的前瞻性感到佩服及有興趣。而以我所了解在國內的狀況,的確早有許多研究者嘗試將行動科技應用到學習,不過我的感覺是大家各自為政的在鑽研,或許今天A學者發現到一個不錯的技術、明天B學者也找到最佳的演算法,但這些技術若不能同時地被統整在一套系統發展下的話,這些要改變學習將仍有相當長的時間。

    其次,就是涉及到內容的建立,它是影響到整個計劃最重要的關鍵,網站的教學資源發展到現在也有一、二十年了,到今天我們才能說看到許多地方開了花、結了果。但如何讓現有的Web資源直接應用到WAP上,涉及到了資料格式的定義與處理,到今天手機上所能看到的仍然只有專為它設計的網站資源,這也將影響到它的普及,我預期我們不可能再花時間去重建這些資源,唯有透過技術製定發展出可轉換的工具或規格,才能在很短的時間內產生大規模的突破。畢竟這些教學資源還是需要利用一般PC電腦來處理而不會全交給手持式行動裝置,所以未來在這方面的變化值得我們去注意。

    最後,我還是要講到一個部份的是,目前手機的功能的確都可以做到處理短訊、聲音、影像以及查詢網站資料,但一來不是每個手機都具備了這項功能,二來來涉及到這些在目前都還算是加值服務而非基本服務,因然此要讓大家都可以在同樣的條件下進行學習,我認為還有一段路要走。但回過頭來說,我們研究的就是要為未來的學習做準備,一旦未來這些條件都成熟了,一切就自然水到渠成。

  12. Patrick Chiang says:

    首先,我贊成老師對於未來Mobile technology對於這個世代的影響以及未來的前景,也對於未來將這些加入到教學活動當中的CPLSS計劃的前瞻性感到佩服及有興趣。而以我所了解在國內的狀況,的確早有許多研究者嘗試將行動科技應用到學習,不過我的感覺是大家各自為政的在鑽研,或許今天A學者發現到一個不錯的技術、明天B學者也找到最佳的演算法,但這些技術若不能同時地被統整在一套系統發展下的話,這些要改變學習將仍有相當長的時間。

    其次,就是涉及到內容的建立,它是影響到整個計劃最重要的關鍵,網站的教學資源發展到現在也有一、二十年了,到今天我們才能說看到許多地方開了花、結了果。但如何讓現有的Web資源直接應用到WAP上,涉及到了資料格式的定義與處理,到今天手機上所能看到的仍然只有專為它設計的網站資源,這也將影響到它的普及,我預期我們不可能再花時間去重建這些資源,唯有透過技術製定發展出可轉換的工具或規格,才能在很短的時間內產生大規模的突破。畢竟這些教學資源還是需要利用一般PC電腦來處理而不會全交給手持式行動裝置,所以未來在這方面的變化值得我們去注意。

    最後,我還是要講到一個部份的是,目前手機的功能的確都可以做到處理短訊、聲音、影像以及查詢網站資料,但一來不是每個手機都具備了這項功能,二來來涉及到這些在目前都還算是加值服務而非基本服務,因然此要讓大家都可以在同樣的條件下進行學習,我認為還有一段路要走。但回過頭來說,我們研究的就是要為未來的學習做準備,一旦未來這些條件都成熟了,一切就自然水到渠成。

  13. sirui says:

    Cell phone is a typical mobile device. The reason that I like this post is because it adopts the mobile technology for education. Agreed with Dr. Yuen, I also think that mobile learning would be a major extension of e-learning.CPLSS is just one of these. CPLSS is just one of these. The CPLSS is designed to work with many cell phones, smartphones, or PDA phones and will have four major modules: Java book, Web book, audio book, and video book.The Java module is used for displaying textual information, like course syllabus, schedule, lecture notes, assignments, quizzes, or other learning materials. The Web module displayed in a standard HTML or WAP on a cell phone, just functioning as a website to retrieve course materials online through a special mobile Web site. The audio module and video module are designed to play recorded lectures, class news, podcasts, digital audio books, interviews with guest experts, or language lessons in MP3/mp4 format.

    The CPLSS system will enable professors or trainers to provide the course syllabus, class schedule, assignments, quizzes, and other learning materials (in text, audio, and video formats) to students on a cell phone. That is what instructor or developer hoping CPLSS could do for education. In my opinion, cell phone is really a very good method for language learning. With such mobility, language learning could start at any time that the learners consider necessary, which provides the chance of bring language to real context. Any other software or technology that could create or intimate real context still cannot be compared with real context. That is the great advantage of mobile device for language learning. But, there are also several questions we need to consider about when applying cell phone to education. The flexibility provided by mobile device for study could really do great benefits for active learners, but what about inactive learners? Will mobile device give those students an excuse to escape school study time?

    And, wish that in the near future. cell phone could become part of our classroom.

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