Interactive West African Education Satellite model (IWASat)

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2013-11
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Onwodi, G O
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In this study, we propose a unified and interactive mobile learning (M-Learning) model to help with the expanding need of education in West Africa. The model enables efficient channel allocation, where communication channels can be allocated to specific and precise areas. The proposed model is referred to as the Interactive West African Education Satellite model (IWASat). The communication satellite can efficiently and effectively cover the entire West Africa and reach a wide area and mobile users that cannot be reached otherwise. Internet Search Engines were used to retrieve and review papers and e-books on M-learning. Interviews with experts in the field of M-learning were also conducted. Document engineering was used to synthesize complementary ideas from information and systems analysis; this facilitated the design of the conceptual M-learning model. A module in the M-learning model will be encoded in Java to create an M-learning System. The model implements existing interactivity components to enhance the learning process and meet international standards in education. These components are Communication satellite (NIGCOMSAT-1R), remote stations with VSAT terminals, main hub station with archiving capabilities, centralised broadcasting station, centralised content development and class scheduling and interactive and non-interactive class rooms. This work catalogs M-Leaning models published in articles of major e-learning and M-learning Journals. It creates awareness and appreciation of previous work in the design of m-learning models. It also guides future researchers in m-learning model by highlighting the gaps and unexplored topics in the extant literature. IWASat incoporates hotspots, mobile broadcasting vans and mobile devices such as IPADs, Iphones, net books, Ipods e.t.c. This is an innovation when compared with other M-learning models. // Paper ID: 352

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Technology and Innovation,Mobile Learning (mLearning),Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
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Africa
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