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Aziz, Z, Anumba, C J and Peņa-Mora, F (2010) Using context-aware wireless technologies to support teaching and learning in built environment. International Journal of Construction Education and Research, 6(01), 29.
- Type: Journal Article
- Keywords: construction; context-awareness; teaching and learning; wireless computing
- ISBN/ISSN: 1557-8771
- URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/15578771003590052
This paper discusses how recent developments in context-awareness and wireless computing can be used to support teaching and learning in built environment. It starts with a brief overview of context-aware computing and presents a system architecture that facilitates context capture, context integration, and delivery of context-relevant teaching and learning material through integration with virtual learning environments. This is followed by discussion of a prototype that uses Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) network, to capture the student and faculty context (i.e., User Identity through the Internet Protocol (IP) address of the mobile device, user location through real time tracking within WLAN network). Captured context was used as a filtering mechanism to query the virtual learning environment to determine relevant data for a particular context. Links to relevant teaching and material appears as icons on the student's mobile device. Clicking on a particular icon results in a real-time data download from the server. The deployment process and findings of the study are summarised and key benefits highlighted. Conclusions are drawn about the possible future impact of context-aware applications in built environment education.