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Satellite-based delivery of educational content to geographically isolated communities: a service based approach

Serif, Tacha, Ghinea, Gheorghita, Stergioulas, Lampros, Chen, Sherry Y., Tiropanis, Thanassis and Tsekeridou, Sofia (2009) Satellite-based delivery of educational content to geographically isolated communities: a service based approach Personal and Ubiquitous Computing, 13, (3), pp. 229-241. (doi:10.1007/s00779-007-0185-9).

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Enabling learning for members of geographically isolated communities presents benefits in terms of promoting regional development and cost savings for governments and companies. However, notwithstanding recent advances in e-Learning, from both technological and pedagogical perspectives, there are very few, if any, recognised methodologies for user-led design of satellite-based e-learning infrastructures. In this paper, we present a methodology for designing a satellite and wireless based network infrastructure and learning services to support distance learning for such isolated communities. This methodology entails (a) the involvement of community members in the development of targeted learning services from an early stage, and (b) a service-oriented approach to learning solution deployment. Results show, that, while the technological premises of distance learning can be accommodated by hybrid satellite/wireless infrastructures, this has to be complemented with (a) high-quality audio?visual educational material, and (b) the opportunity for community members to interact with other community members either as groups (common-room oriented scenarios) or individuals (home-based scenarios), thus providing an impetus for learner engagement in both formal and informal activities.

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e-pub ahead of print date: 2 October 2007
Published date: March 2009
Keywords: satellite communications education, delivery architecture
Organisations: Web & Internet Science


Local EPrints ID: 266328
ISSN: 1617-4909
PURE UUID: dbed2d11-c88a-4273-a237-fde85c50d8b3
ORCID for Thanassis Tiropanis: ORCID iD

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Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 07:17

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Author: Tacha Serif
Author: Gheorghita Ghinea
Author: Lampros Stergioulas
Author: Sherry Y. Chen
Author: Sofia Tsekeridou

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