What are Location-Based Services?

Location-based services provide content that is dynamically customized according to the user's location. These services are commonly delivered to mobile devices, but can also be accessed from other portable computers, handhelds, or any Internet-capable device. Current common applications for location-based services include advertising, news, social networking, and similar services. An increasing number of mobile applications are taking advantage of the built-in geolocation capability that is increasingly a standard feature in mobile devices. Information about nearby buildings, landmarks, or other fixed features is commonplace; a growing use of location-based services is to locate people nearby — people known or unknown to the user — who share interests or experiences in common. Educational applications for location-based services are currently along the same lines, delivering relevant place-based information and allowing easy geotagging of captured data. Media such as photos and video, as well as the simplicity of geotagging, will be important aspects of location-based services as they continue to develop.

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(1) How might this technology be relevant to the educational sector you know best?

  • Because a lot of students carry mobiles around with them, location-based services can help them find what they need right when they need it. Students can also use these services to coordinate with friends and classmates for social or study purposes. - ninmah ninmah Aug 24, 2010
  • Agree with above. Not just a lot of mobiles, but MOST students own mobiles/cells. Ownership - 2007 Otago Uni 82% ownership, Southern Cross Uni found 96% in 2008 research, and 99% of Curtin surveyed group owned mobiles AND 75% of them were "Smartphones" http://www.ascilite.org.au/conferences/aucklad09/procs/oliver.pdf . Last year's ECAR study informs us that U.S. cohort are big geolocation users - maps, directions, social networking through mobile devices http://www.educause.edu/Resources/TheECARStudyofUndergraduateStu/187215 - stephen.atherton stephen.atherton Aug 31, 2010

(2) What themes are missing from the above description that you think are important?

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(3) What do you see as the potential impact of this technology on teaching, learning, or creative expression?

  • There's a lot of potential for extending learning experiences out into the world and off campus, but I think it's still a little ways away. - ninmah ninmah Aug 24, 2010
  • Location based services will combine with other mobile technologies such as social networks and augmented reality to bring additional information and connectedness to the location based experience. As these technologies begin to integrate, I think more a possibilities will emerge for use in teaching, learning and creative expression. - KeeneH KeeneH Aug 25, 2010

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