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Using State-of-the-art Wireless and Mobile Technology for Mobile Computing Courses
Sponsored By, Hewlett-Packard (HP)

Makerere University, School of Computing & IT, Department of Networks
Kampala, Uganda
PI: Idris A. Rai (PhD)
Co-PI: Drake Patric Mirembe, John Kizito

HP mobile technology will enable us to address three major challenges that students and lecturers encounter in our learning and teaching environments, i.e.;
  1. Introducing efficient interaction mechanisms between students and a lecturer in a large undergraduate class
  2. Demonstrating wireless and mobile networking concept
  3. Providing hands-on skills through practical coursework assessments
Impact on Student Learning
We are blessed with a large number of undergraduate students in our faculty, around 5000 in total. As a result, large lecture theaters are attended by as many as 400 students  per course, leading to students and lecturers not experiencing ideal teaching and learning environment.  In addition, absence of tools in mobile computing and networking courses has led to a lack of practical skills delivery to students. HP advanced wireless and mobile networking technology is provide the best solution to address  these challenges. Below is a set of expected outcomes to students as a result of successful implementation of this project:
  • Students better learning experience
  • In-depth understanding of theories and practices
  • Provision of hands-on skills on mobile computing

Impact on Teaching

Current delivery mode is using static projector with only one display, and white boards, and practical coursework are based on simulation work only. We plan to use wireless projector capabilities and multiple  displays to deliver the course. In addition, the large lecture theater will be split into two halves, each half facing one  display. The space (corridor) between the two splits together with wireless capabilities will enable lecturer to wander round the class and interact with students at every corner of the class.

The main objective is therefore to improve the learning and teaching  experience. The success will yield better comprehension  of the lecture and will provide practical skills to students.

Students appreciation, improved results, and increasing number of practical projects will be the evidences to show the success of the project.

Technology Implementation

Using tablet PCs,  wireless projector capabilities, and multiple displays will be key to deliver in-class interactivity

We will build a course WLAN using the provided access point. The WLAN will be used to easily access course materials

The technology will also be used  to demonstrate concepts during lectures and will  be used in laboratory sessions to  provide hands-on skills

Keywords: mobile computing, wireless and mobile networking, wireless projectors, multiple displays, interactivity

 

 

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