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An Extendible and Ubiquitious E-learning Software for Foreigners to Learn Chinese on iOS-Based Devices

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2 Author(s)
Tam, V. ; Dept. of Electr. & Electron. Eng., Univ. of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China ; Cheung, R.L.F.

The larger screen size, mobility, sensing and multi-touch input features of Android or iOS based devices like the iPad or Android tablet PC offer many exciting opportunities for real-life edutainment applications. An example is the learning of Chinese, especially to write Chinese characters in correct stroke sequences, that is typically considered as a difficult task to most foreigners. In this work, we propose an extendible, easy-to-use and ubiquitous e-learning software that was integrated with mini-games to facilitate the learning of Chinese characters on iOS-based devices such as the iPad. To demonstrate the feasibility of our proposal, a prototype of our proposed e-learning software was built on the iOS-based devices so that foreign students can learn to speak and write Chinese anytime and anywhere. Among the various commercially available iOS-based app for learning Chinese, our proposal represents the first attempt to reduce the complexity of learning to write Chinese characters through mini-games while increasing the extendibility of the e-learning software through component-based design. More importantly, it opens up numerous opportunities for further investigations.

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Advanced Learning Technologies (ICALT), 2012 IEEE 12th International Conference on

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4-6 July 2012

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