have experienced, the awareness among faculty and students in a real class is crucial to know studentsâ€™ learning situations, and faculty adapts a way of teaching to them in order to maximize the outcome of teaching and learning through a class. This kind of awareness is also crucial even if faculty supports studentsâ€™ learning activities outside classroom through Course Management System (CMS). However, the conventional Web-based CMSs used in higher educational institutions are too limited to realize such awareness because of Web-browserâ€™s functional and security restrictions. We addressed this problem by developing eclipse RCP based uDesktop and Context Infrastructure integrated with Web-based Sakai Collaboration and Learning Environment as an institution-wide and production-level information infrastructure system. We discuss the effectiveness of â€œawarenessâ€ through iPod Tool implemented in Sakai and uDesktop under development.
Shoji Kajita was born in Japan on April 20 1967. He received the Bachelor, Master, and Doctor of Information Engineering from Nagoya University, in 1990, 1992 and 1998 respectively. He is Associate Professor of Information Technology Center, Nagoya University. His research interests sustainable information infrastructure design and implementation for institutions.
Mayumi Ueda is a researcher at Information Technology Center, Nagoya University. Her research theme is information retrieval and database system, and context-aware educational tools. She received her B.S. in Informatics from Kansai University in 1998. She received her M.S. in Informatics from Kansai University in 2000. She received her PhD in Informatics from Kansai University in 2003.