Building a smart campus to support ubiquitous learning

Yacine Atif, Sujith Samuel Mathew, Abderahmane Lakas

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New technological advances in user mobility and context immersion are enabling novel adaptive and pervasive learning models in ambient environments. These advances allow physical learning spaces with embedded computing capabilities to provide an augmented self-aware learning experience. In this paper, we aim at developing a novel ubiquitous learning model within a pervasive smart campus environment. The goal of our research consists of identifying the steps towards building such an environment and the involved learning processes. We define a model of a smart campus, and advocate learning practices in the light of new paradigms such as context-awareness, ubiquitous learning, pervasive environment, resource virtualization, autonomic computing and adaptive learning. We reveal a comprehensive architecture that defines the various components and their inter-operations in a smart educational environment. The smart campus approach is presented as a composition of ambient learning spaces, which are environments where physical learning resources are augmented with digital and social services. We present a model of these spaces to harness future ubiquitous learning environments. One of the distinguished features of this model is the ability to unleash the instructional value of surrounding physical structures. Another one is the provision of a personalized learning agenda when moving across these ambient learning environments. To achieve these goals, we profile learners and augment physical campus structures to advocate context-aware learning processes. We suggest a social community platform for knowledge sharing which involves peer learners, domain experts as well as campus physical resources. Within this pervasive social scope, learners are continuously immersed in a pedagogically supported experiential learning loop as a persuasive approach to learning. A learning path, which responds to learners’ goals and qualifications, autonomously guides learners in achieving their objectives in the proposed smart campus. We evaluated our ubiquitous learning approach to assert the performance of these building blocks in the proposed smart campus model. The results show interesting tradeoffs and promising insights.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)223-238
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Ambient Intelligence and Humanized Computing
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2015


  • Pervasive environments
  • Program outcomes
  • Semantic web
  • Smart campus
  • Ubiquitous learning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Computer Science


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