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Recent research seminar at the University of Brighton presenting the CloudBank project.
Here's the abstract:
The rapid transformation of mobile phones from voice-based communication devices to networked micro computers with advanced networking and multimedia capabilities affords new ways of m-learning. This seminar describes the user-centred development of CloudBank, a mobile and web-based language learning application that enables international students resident in the UK to pool their knowledge and understanding of the local language and culture. Drawing on Web 2.0 concepts of user generated content, content syndication and social networks, the application utilises fast 3G data connections and multimedia capabilities available on modern smart phones to support informal, incidental, community supported language learning in everyday life. The seminar gives an overview of the CloudBank system design, discusses how the initial design idea was transformed in scenario-based focus groups and co-design sessions with international students, and maps out future research issues that arise in the contexts of localisation and social network integration.
CloudBank is being developed by the Interactive Technologies Research Group at the University of Brighton, UK. The project is supported by the Joint Information Systems Committee (#jiscri)