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Enhancing Synchronous Distance Education with Pervasive Devices

Author(s): Martin Mauve, Nicolai Scheele, Werner Geyer.
Title: Enhancing Synchronous Distance Education with Pervasive Devices
Published: Proceedings of Informatik 2001 (Jahrestagung der GI und der OCG), II, pp. 1117-1122, Wien, September 2001
Keyword(s): Distance Education, Mobile Computing
Abstract: In this paper we present a system that enhances typical synchronousteleteaching environments. The key idea is to compensate the lack ofsocial awareness and interactivity of a telelecture by allowingstudents to use hand-held devices and wireless communication tointeract with the lecturer and with other students. One example ofthe interactions enabled by the system is a feedback mechanism that allows the students to provide the lecturer with information abouthow the speed and difficulty of a lecture is perceived by thestudents. Another example is the ability of the lecturer to holdquizzes with the distributed audience. The system has beenimplemented as a prototype and it is currently being evaluatedin regular lectures at the University of Mannheim.
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