Professor Jackson is a key participant, supervising
the two staff members that are assigned to support the community
and synthesize insights and process improvements. These global communities
use the knowledge management and learner relationship management
tools of the AES to produce a continuous stream of information on
the level of interactivity, engagement of learning resources, and
demonstrated competencies of individuals and learner cohorts. They
are reflective students of what works in intelligent,
flexible learning. They are often asked to collaborate with other
Mobile, Pervasive Computing.
The University of Southern Queensland has been a leader
in the development of wireless tablet computers, which
are cheap and easily carried by faculty and students.
In due course, these devices have added new features,
including voice recognition, greater bandwidth capabilities, and
more sophisticated, readable displays. Dr. Jackson uses his tablet
computer to interface with the USQ knowledge base wherever he may
be. His tablet computer also interacts with the pervasive computing
devices on the USQ campuses and other settings.
An Internationally-Recognized Resource and a
Source of Revenues. Professor Jackson often hosts visitors
from other institutions and has traveled extensively demonstrating
this model. Variations on the USQ model (infrastructure, processes,
and content/pedagogy) are being deployed by other universities in
Asia, Europe, and North America. Some learning enterprises have
entered into direct licensing agreements with USQ and their infrastructure
USQs communities of practice have developed substantial repositories
of e-knowledge content resources and related pedagogical insights,
which are available for fee through several disciplinary repositories
and marketplaces. This is a significant revenue stream for USQ.
In addition, USQ has been able to improve its margins on learning
through the efficiency and effectiveness enhancements made possible
by its infrastructure, processes, and best practices.
Resources of Interest
Taylor, James C. 2001. Fifth Generation
Distance Education. Australian Department of Education, Training
and Youth Affairs, Higher Education Division, Higher Education Series,
Report No. 40, June.