UKS and Giunti Labs Showcase Mobile Learning at IMCL 2008
UKS, the Middle East’s leading learning solutions enabler, in cooperation with its technology partner, Giunti Labs, Europe's leading e-learning and mobile learning content management technology provider, will be showcasing mobile learning content management solutions at the third International Conference on Interactive Mobile and Computer Aided Learning, IMCL 2008, hosted by Princess Sumaya University for Technology in Amman, Jordan, April 16-18.
The IMCL 2008 conference aims to promote mobile learning in the Middle East. It provides a forum for education and knowledge transfer, gives students access to the latest information communication technology (ICT) applications and encourages the study and implementation of mobile applications within teaching and learning.
Fabrizio Cardinali, CEO of Giunti Labs, will be delivering a keynote speech at the conference titled: “Innovating Learning Content Management Towards 2010 Knowledge Society: Global Challenges, Threats and Opportunities.”
According to Cardinali, current trends in this area include:
- The increasing use of mobile and location-based content delivery means that learning experiences are becoming informal and personalized.
- There is a growth in informal access to learning via portals and software-as-a-service (SaaS) systems. This means that the learning content can now be customized by the learner rather than the developer or producer.
- With the development of digital marketplaces, a network of content providers operating as “learning clearing houses” has grown up. They take content, version it, deliver it and track it once it has been delivered.
- With the development of these digital learning content marketplaces, content providers, content brokers and end users now interoperate on the basis of open and standard architectures and formats. They can download and play mobile models and innovative publishing models for education which embed professionally published contents with self-produced open and shared Web 2.0 contributions. It is a sort of iTunes for education in an open, government-led marketplace for exchanging and trading digital resources for students.
- Today’s big challenge facing providers of corporate learning materials is how to enrich existing standards for learning content publishing and distribution such as SCORM, especially adding Web-services protocols to content packages making the learning experience richer and more customized.
- Other challenges relate to how to develop Web-based services to search, query and retrieve repositories of learning content.
During IMCL 2008, UKS will be showcasing the latest developments in Giunti Labs’ learn eXact Suite for mobile learning.
According to Nada El-Marji, UKS’s marketing and sales director, “We will be demonstrating how eXact Packager can be used to create learning objects for mobile devices, such as mobile phones, PDAs and BlackBerries, as well as showing how the content can be published to the digital repository and then retrieved by the learner on his/her mobile device.
“We will also be demonstrating the advanced templating technologies of eXact Packager, such as the ability to create a 3-D-based virtual reality (VR) content which is packaged according to the ADL SCORM specification and allows monitoring the learner activities and learning progresses.”
Furthermore, UKS will demonstrate the new learn eXact MS-Office plug-in that allows users to import MS-Office files into the eXact Packager’s authoring templates.
“The mobile phone has become such an integral part of modern life that educators are grasping its potential for improved educational coverage,” said El-Marji. “Today’s big challenge in educational content management technologies is to create and profile e-learning content, making it available wherever and whenever a user may need it. Giunti Labs’ mobile learning content management solutions can help in tackling this challenge.”