WHAT is MEDAL
MEDAL is one of the many research projects being
undertaken at the University
College London Computer Science Department.
The aim of the MEDAL project is to investigate the enhancement of existing
multimedia conferencing facilities for use in more demanding applications,
such as distance
learning, and particularly remote language teaching.
To ensure that the distance learning experience does not merely provide a
for face-to-face teaching, the MEDAL team intend to improve the quality of
conferencing facilities and incorperate the use of enhanced reality systems
into them. It is our hope that these enhancements will result in a system
that is both fun and attractive to use.
A pre-requisite of the research is that the facilities be developed for a
range of heterogenous
multi-tasking operating systems (especially PCs), with no extra specialist
This premise will mean that higher education institutions can more readily
acquire the facilities
in order to offer distance learning services.
Seamless mobile access is a key enhancement that will attract businesses to
seek education from
HE institutions, since modularised courses and mobile access will facilitate
learning at the rate
and availability of the learner, rather than at that of the teacher.