New publication: Discovering And Using The Context Of Distance Learning Activities For The Development Of Pervasive Learning Tools

Over the last few years, there is increasing adoption of distance learning methods in various aspects of education. As part of our research in digital distance learning platforms, we conducted longitudinal observations and a survey on the use of web 2.0 tools in adult education and found that 32% of the students who used such technology, were doing so through mobile devices. Motivated by the students’ use of mobile platforms as learning tools, the aim of this paper is to explore the context under which studying takes place for distance learning students, in order to gain a better understanding of existing practices, with a view of supporting and improving learning experiences through pervasive computing. For this, we started a process of collecting qualitative and quantitative data in order to find out more information about their study context. Our findings from the collected data are paired with post-collection period interviews, providing a quantitative and qualitative description of the context under which distance learning takes place.

Lagiou, E., Komninos A., & Garofalakis J. (2014).  Discovering And Using The Context Of Distance Learning Activities For The Development Of Pervasive Learning Tools. 6th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies (EDULEARN 2014). Barcelona, IATED.
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New publication: Using Communication Frequency and Recency Context to Facilitate Mobile Contact List Retrieval

As mobile contact lists get bigger and bigger the cognitive load on the user increases while trying to retrieve the next contact to start a communication session. In this paper we focus on the task of retrieving a contact when the purpose is to start a phone call, examining mobile users’ call logs and showing that it is possible to accurately predict the next contact to be called using relatively simple heuristics and algorithms that describe usage context. The authors present and discuss the results of the proposed method applied on a dataset collected from an experiment the authors organised involving 25 mobile users.

Plessas, A., Stefanis V., Komninos A., & Garofalakis J. (2013).  Using Communication Frequency and Recency Context to Facilitate Mobile Contact List Retrieval. International Journal of Handheld Computing Research (IJHCR). 4(4), 52-71.. DOI:10.4018/ijhcr.2013100104
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HotCity: Augmenting paper maps with urban social context (Video)

Our work builds on urban social context data, sharing and displaying these in non-traditional mobile interfaces.
We have already investigated the visualisation of urban social context using heatmaps in pervasive displays and native mobile apps.
This latest demo shows our work in augmenting traditional paper maps with 3D artefacts, whose coloration and size is determined by social media data.

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