This is a grant proposal presented to the National Science Foundation (NSF) in regard to the creation of a new innovative cyberlearning technology per Program Solicitation NSF 11-587 (NSF, 2013). This project will satisfy the Exploration (EXP) research category required by the NSF prior to award consideration. Our entire project team shares the same vision regarding this project and are prepared to work collaboratively amongst any affiliates or personnel requested by the NSF pending the awarded grant.
Distance learning is becoming more popular and utilized each passing day in today’s society. The ability for a student to attend an educational institution anywhere in the ...view middle of the document...
Our explorative and innovative idea is to creative a smartphone/tablet application that will enable students to attend live lectures broadcasted by their instructors. The instructors will utilize their computers to capture and record their lectures in real-time (live) to broadcast to their students via their smartphone or tablet devices. The finished product will be known as MyLectureLab and will be available on both Android and iOS platforms for students. This concept will completely change mobile lecturing and distance learning. We urge you to consider our grant proposal so we can begin development immediately.
The revelation that then led us to the application development idea stemmed from three online services available that are currently available to the public. The first service that provoked much of our initial discussion was Skype. Skype is a software application and computer program that allows users to make video and voice calls over the Internet (Skype Technologies, 2013). This service is free unless the user desires to contact a telephone number instead of another Skype user account. If people have the ability to complete phone calls and stream live video online, why couldn’t this be adapted to an online learning environment? The second service that spurred the concept of MyLectureLab was the web-based learning resource known as WebTycho. WebTycho is a comprehensive learning platform that students of University of Maryland University College (UMUC) currently utilize to complete distance learning courses (UMUC, 2013). Our development team has first-hand experience with using the WebTycho platform. After the concept of a streaming service like Skype, we decided to incorporate aspects of WebTycho such as conferences, group chat and private messaging into our application idea. Our thought process was: Why not combine all the positive aspects of WebTycho with the added bonus of personal live lectures between the students and instructors? The final service that helped develop our concept was that of TED Talks. Technology, Entertainment, Design (TED) is a nonprofit organization devoted to streaming educational or informative lectures to give everyone affiliated on-demand access to the world's most inspiring voices. As of November 2012, TED Talks have been viewed more than one billion times (TED Conferences, LLC, 2013). Why couldn’t an instructor choose to live stream a lecture to their students much like presentations/lectures provided by TED? Our team’s concept of MyLectureLab was essentially an adaption of all three of these services combined into one, intuitive and innovative application for students and instructors.
Our development team is named Intuitive Learning Technologies (ILT). We were established in January of 2012 and have been diligently developing and considering the evolution of distance learning. Currently, our team consists of five core members: Andrew Roth (Project Lead), David...