This section consists of the glossary related to mobile learning. Please feel free to send us information on (new) terms that are not included in our collection or help us edit the existing ones.

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Audiocast: A type of podcast. Collection of audio files that is available for access via a cell phone.


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Blog: A reflective journal that is hosted online.


Bluetooth: Communication standard that allows devices to communicate with each other and transfer data using short-range wireless. Bluetooth devices do not need to be in line-of-sight of each other to communicate.


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Community (virtual community): A meeting place for people on the Internet. Designed to facilitate interaction and collaboration among people who share common interests and needs. Online communities can be open to all or by membership only and may or may not offer moderator tools.


CU Forum: An online discussion board/ Community that allow students to communicate and sharing with teachers.


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 Discussion Board (online forum): A discussion board is a online platform that allows groups to communicate online.


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eBook: Electronic version of a book, designed to be read on a computer.


eJournal: Electronic version of a journal, designed to read on a computer.


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Feed: Also known as web feed and RSS feed. The feed is a data format that delivers frequently updated content to computer or mobile devices.


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GEO Location-based service: Where the user is at the time, for example within a museum or heritage site. The user needs a GPS-enabled/AGPS-enabled mobile device in order to access the location-based service.


GPS: Uses microwave signals broadcast by satellites orbiting the Earth to identify the geographical location of the GPS receiver. GPS devices also record altitude, speed, direction and time.


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GPRS (General Packet Radio Service): A wireless data service used by mobile phones to access the Internet.


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Instant Messaging (IM): A type of communications service that enables you to create a private chatroom with other groups/individual in order to communicate in real time over the internet.


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Java: An object-oriented programming language developed by Sun Microsystems. Java isn't dependent on specific hardware and can be launched from within an HTML document or stand- alone.


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Laptops (Notebook computers): A small size and portable computers with a lower weight and thickness than a desktop.

Learning Management System(LMS): An online system that manages the learning process and allows students to interact with the course. e.g. Moodle

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Mobile learning: This is facilitated via a wireless device such as a PDA, a smartphone and laptop.


Mobile device (handheld device): A device that can be used to access information and learning materials from anywhere and at anytime.


Mobile phones (cellphone): An telecommunications devices that allows to provide voice communication to others users. Many mobile phones are support to install Java Mobile edition applications to enhance its functions.


Moodle: An online LMS that manages the learning process and allows students to interact with the course.


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 Netbooks: A small portable devices that similar to notebook/ laptop but it has limited features and performance compare with notebook/ laptop.


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Personal digital assistants(PDAs): A PDA is a handheld device with Wi-Fi connectivity, build in web browser and personal organizer. In modern PDA it's also include with 3G and cellular phone functions.


Podcasting: Video or audio podcast files designed to be syndicated through feeds via the Internet and played back on mobile devices. New content is delivered automatically when it is available.


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QR codes (Quick Response Codes): Two dimensional bar codes that can be read or decoded on devices such as a mobile device (with built-in camera).


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RSS (Real Simple Syndication): Using RSS to distributing content which include text/media files and allow users to subscribe over the Internet.


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SMS (Short Message Service): SMS is a service for sending short text messages to mobile phones.


Smartphones: A mobile phone with some advances features, such as a web browser.


Streaming: Media files played as they are being downloaded over the Internet instead of users having to wait for the entire file to download first.


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 Ultra-Mobile PCs (UMPCs):UMPC is a mobile devices that small enough to carry and the battery of UMPC can provide a longer life compare with a notebook/ laptop computer.


URL (uniform resource locator): The address of a page on the World Wide Web. e.g.


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Virtual classroom (virtual education): The online learning space where students and instructors interact together.


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WebCT: WebCT, or Web Course Tools, is an online or virtual learning management system (LMS) used to deliver courses over the Internet.

Web Conference: Realtime online meeting using web technology.


Webcasting: A webcasting is a technology that using streaming technology to distribute the media files over the internet.


Wi-Fi (Wireless Fidelity): A set of standards for facilitating wireless networks in a local area, enabling WiFi devices to connect to the Internet when in range of an access point.


Wiki: Allows users to collaborate in forming the content of a web site. With a wiki, any user can edit the site content, including other users’ contributions, using a standard web browser.

Wikipedia: A free, open content online encyclopedia created through the collaborative effort of a community of users.


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XML (Extensible Markup Language): The next-generation Webpage coding language that allows site designers to program their own ma rkup commands, which can then be used as if they were standard HTML commands.


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3G/ HSDPA: Stands for “third generation” and "High Speed Downlink Packet Access" respectively on mobile technologies, which offer users a wider range of more advanced services than earlier mobile devices while achieving greater network capacity through improved spectral efficiency.


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