Journal of Computer Science

SMS for Question-Answering in the m-Learning Scenario

S. R. Balasundaram and B. Ramadoss

DOI : 10.3844/jcssp.2007.119.121

Journal of Computer Science

Volume 3, Issue 2

Pages 119-121

Abstract

Emerging technologies are leading to the development of several new opportunities to guide and enhance learning that were unimaginable a few years ago. The move towards adopting mobile learning technologies is fast growing in both academic and industrial sectors. Mobile learning uses portable devices linked to a commercial public network, including different types of mobile phones and handheld computers. For mobile users, as well in all mobile applications, SMS messaging is found to be the most useful and convenient way of communication technology. In case of mobile learning, there are only limited forms for conducting tests using true/false method, multiple choice selection method etc. Answering short questions is a better way of testing the students to get more details about a particular entity. The practice of messaging can be thought of highly useful for answering such short-answer questions. The case where answers are to be given as short messages to the assessors, evaluating them may not be that much easier when compared to other simple types of tests. This paper focuses on using SMS for answering 'short words-answers' types of questions and evaluating them using simple matching process, providing enough feedback.

Copyright

© 2007 S. R. Balasundaram and B. Ramadoss. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.