Canada's First Mobile Education Research Centre

A University of Guelph professor is establishing Canada's first mobile education research centre, with the support of a $620,000 grant from Research in Motion (RIM).

The Centre for Mobile Education Research (CMER) will be housed in the University of Guelph's Department of Computing and Information Science and directed by Prof. Qusay Mahmoud, who has published two books on wireless computing, Learning Wireless Java and Cognitive Networks. Among other topics, researchers will examine ways to incorporate wireless devices into classrooms and labs around the globe and promote leading-edge research projects and partnerships.

"One of our goals is to become a world leader in educating students on software development and related topics for the latest technology platforms," said Mahmoud. "We'll be helping universities integrate mobile devices into their computer science and engineering curriculums, and creating research opportunities along the way."

He added that incorporating wireless devices into the curriculum of any academic discipline makes sense in university environments, because students tend to be up on the latest technology. "Mobile devices now outnumber desktop computers 20 to 1. For many students, the mobile device is becoming the computer. This calls for innovation in the computer science curriculum."

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