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  • 1. VIRTUAL COMMUNITIES AND MOBILE APPLICATIONS IN WEB EDUCATION: A CASE STUDY Luigi Colazzo, Andrea Molinari, Nicola Villa Laboratory of Maieutics, University of Trento, Italy ICELW 2010 9 -11 june 2010
  • 2. Contents From Online Communities to Online Mobile Communities Mobile Community (MobiC) project Services available, first experimentations and results
  • 3. The idea integrating mobile value services into a system oriented to the management of virtual communities. Collaboration with the Institute of Advanced Management System Research (IAMSR), Åbo Akademi of Turku (FIN) VC and e-learning particularly stimulate the idea of mobility ◦ request for “anywhere, anytime” services ◦ many services could be “mobilized” ◦ time management and integration with mobile devices ◦ integration with Faculty / University Information systems and redirection of these services to mobile devices
  • 4. Previous implementation First experimentation: Virtual communities and mobile technologies interesting convergencies among useful extensions: ◦ time management ◦ SMS ◦ Chat ◦ forum ◦ Sticky notes
  • 5. Changes There is no doubt that compared to the past the scenery has greatly changed because of: ◦ more powerful devices; ◦ removal of many typical m-limitations; ◦ the availability of m-Internet at reduced costs; ◦ web 2.0 and social networks phenomena as a result of the connection “anytime, anywhere”; ◦ geo-reference services ◦ removal of other “taboos” typical of the public bodies, i.e., using this device for activities not strictly related with telephone calls
  • 6. Online Communities Collaboration platform currently used mainly in educational settings Virtual learning communities Objectives: extend the interaction between teachers and students, Extend the boundaries of the classroom toward the community Currently used in some italian public administration training organizations and in other Projects
  • 7. The difference between a “community” and a “classroom” Communities and their services better help to manage situations like The community of teachers’ thesis students The community of Faculty members The community of the Faculty’s secretary The community of labor union The community of the “HCI” course The community of the secretary of “University games” The community of people involved in the Project “XYZ” The community of people following the stage of student “ABC” …….
  • 8. Online Communities
  • 9. MobiC - Long-time collaboration with Åbo Akademi – Turku (Finland) ◦ Specialized in mobile value services analysis and deployment Objectives: move the concept of virtual community into mobile settings ◦ i.e., move human relationships of real-life in a mobile settings
  • 10. The University of Trento 7 Faculties • Economics • Engineering • Humanities and Philosophy Trento • Law • Sciences • Sociology 16000 Students 550 Professors & Researchers Economics Sciences Engineering Humanities 11 11
  • 11. Mobile Community S D Mobile Communities R V B S D Online Communities R V B We exported some of the services of Online Communities into mobile ◦ Authentication
  • 12. Mobile Community - CHAT
  • 13. Mobile Community Authentication Chat Quiz
  • 14. Mobile Community - QUIZ
  • 15. Mobile Community Authentication Chat Quiz Events
  • 16. Mobile Community - EVENTS
  • 17. Mobile Community Authentication Chat Quiz Events Blog
  • 18. Mobile Community - BLOG
  • 19. Mobic- Mobic- BLOG revised
  • 20. Mobile Community Authentication Chat Quiz Events Blog Friends
  • 21. Mobile Community - Friends
  • 22. Mobile Community Authentication Chat Quiz Events Blog Friends Maps
  • 23. Mobile Community - MAPS
  • 24. Conclusions Briefly presented the experience of integrating a VC platform and mobile technologies ◦ transferring services from Web to mobile, enriching them with peculiarities offered by a different device. This aspect revealed an amplification of problems related with the usage of the online platform ◦ The transfer of a service from web to mobile revealed improvements for both web- and mobile- services. MobiC offers transparent access both to traditional services / possible new versions of existing services thanks to the peculiarities of modern devices. new version: read RFID devices (at least the passive ones) or bi-dimensional bar codes (QR-Codes).
  • 25. Conclusions -2 extra issues ◦ porting a “desktop” app into mobile settings ◦ performance issues ◦ development framework issues ◦ connection management ◦ devices’ memory management ◦ offline / online management ◦ roles and permissions management on mobile devices: pros and cons
  • 26. Conclusions- Conclusions-3 extra issues ◦ mobile frustration developers users ◦ …not forgetting usual “m-objections” costs, screens, keyboard, “do we really learn from mobile devices”, etc. etc.
  • 27. Thank you Andrea Molinari Laboratory of Maieutics University of Trento, Italy Andrea.molinari@unitn.it