The Application of Location-Enabled Body-Worn Technologies In The Education Sector


This paper was written and presented by Mr Alexander Hayes at the 5th Workshop on the Social Implications of National Security on the last day of IEEE ISTAS10 held at the University of Wollongong. On the 4th day of the conference, this workshop took place on the Innovation Campus of the University of Wollongong.

Recorded by Mr Jordan Brown.

The rapid uptake of body worn, location enabled, mobile network accessible solutions for rich media creation and connection in extreme sports, military and medical sectors is now also challenging the mobile learning / distance education stereotype. The re-purposed application
of these technologies in the education & training sector is now opening up new domains for connecting learners with educators, which in turn poses substantial challenges for organisations as they grapple with the implications that this technology imbues.

This participatory research will engage a diverse array of organisational, development and community user groups from the Australian education sector in critical and investigative research of learning settings where it is critical or desirable to:

• remain hands free;
• have the ability to record evidence using rich media;
• be remotely accessed / connected to trainers and assessors in the field as a desirable service delivery attribute;
• submit data sets that accompany the 'human' connection as a validation of participation in a learning experience;
• augment existing available authenticated sources for an individuals prior learning ( experiential ) validation