Authors: Teik Toe Teoh, Abhishek Bhati, Anita Lundberg and Margaret Carter
In the contemporary landscape of fast-paced and highly competitive societies, the computer has become an indispensable tool in both the workplace and education. The ability and knowledge to use computer software, gadgets and innovative equipment, empowers individuals to be at the cutting edge in performing tasks and in finding solutions to problems. Today’s technology is constantly working to create better solutions to overcome the limitations of traditional audio visual (AV) connectivity. Wireless learning technology is also predicted to increase overall productivity and creativity in application and to be cost effective in implementation, maintenance and delivery. This makes it a more viable solution than traditional wired technology. Successful Wireless Learning Technologies (WLTs) are set to replace the traditional methods of information sharing and set the trend for future information presentation and collaborative multiuser sharing. Educating students for the future workplace requires innovative uptake of the latest technologies. Successful Wireless Learning Technology is one of these innovations, providing convenience in using wireless technologies and offering wireless smart presentations and collaboration solutions for the education field. This scoping paper aims to make a preliminary evaluation of wireless learning technologies for multi-platform compatibility over a multitude of personal devices and operating systems. The paper begins by outlining the uses of a variety mobile and wirelss technologies, paying particular attention to the Singapore context. It then presents a comparison of WLTs in terms of instalability, usability, performance, usefulness and manufacturer support. This information is a preliminary background to a research proposal to investigate one WLT solution, the ProVEOS system. The paper concludes with recommendations for the adoption of digital learning technologies to promote collaboration between students and greater interaction of students with academic staff, thus enhancing the learning and teaching experience.
Keywords: wireless learning technology, education, student experience