Teaching Wireless Data Services with Real-life Applications

C.-S. Yang (USA)


Mobile Teaching, Mobile Learning, Multimedia and Hypermedia.


Since the advent of Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) in 1997, accessing the Internet via a hand-held device has become a reality. Thus, wireless communication has provided a ubiquitous approach for accessing the Internet. As a result, many tools for developers to develop wireless data service applications have emerged. Teaching wireless communications and protocols can now use Java 2 Micro Edition (J2ME) and wireless toolkit to simulate the real-life data service applications in classrooms. During the past two years of taking this approach, the author has received highly positive feedback from students taking the wireless communications course at West Chester University. This approach not only energizes the classroom, but also provides students a motivation to learn wireless communications. In this paper, the J2ME architecture, installation procedures, the wireless toolkit (a product of Sun Microsystems), student project requirements, some real-life applications, the experiences learned, and the conclusion are described.

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