Analysing the key factors of ubiquitous IT for a u-learning environment

Zhao Hailan and Wang Qibing
East China Normal University
Shanghai, China

With the development of computer technology, various kinds of computers have permeated our daily lives. These computers, based on websites, have deeply influenced every aspect of our lives -- not just the field of information technology but also, for example, commerce, medicine and education.

The emergence of the conception of 'u-learning' is one of the signs of the fundamental change taking place in education. This paper analyses u-learning technology by defining the concept and outlining the conditions under which it operates effectively. Then a systematic model of u-learning is provided, which indicates the key technology required. Finally, it compares u-learning with e-learning and highlights the features of the former and the benefits it provides to students.