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Challenges and Opportunities for the Future of iCampuses

Author(s): Andrew Thomas | Hanifa Shah | Philip Moore | Cain Evans | Mak Sharma | Sarah Mount | Hai V. Pham | Keith Osman | Anthony J. Wilcox | Peter Rayson | Craig Chapman | Parmjit Chima | Cham Athwal | David While

Journal: Computer Science
ISSN 1508-2806

Volume: 14;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 5;
Date: 2013;
Original page

Keywords: education | icampus | sensors | context | Web2.0

Meeting the educational needs of students currently requires moving towardcollaborative electronic and mobile learning systems that parallel the vision ofWeb 2.0. However, factors such as data freedom, brokerage, interconnectivityand the Internet of Things add to a vision for Web 3.0 that will require con-sideration in the development of future campus-based, distance and vocationalstudy. So, education can, in future, be expected to require deeper technologicalconnections between students and learning environments, based on signi´Čücantuse of sensors, mobile devices, cloud computing and rich-media visualization.Therefore, we discuss challenges associated with such a futuristic campus con-text, including how learning materials and environments may be enriched byit. As an additional novel element the potential for much of that enrichmentto be realized through development by students, within the curriculum, is alsoconsidered. We will conclude that much of the technology required to embracethe vision of Web 3.0 in education already exists, but that further research inkey areas is required for the concept to achieve its full potential.

Tango Jona
Tangokurs Rapperswil-Jona

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