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Impact of Wireless Local Area Network to Education Institutions

Hiew Pang Leang, Michelle Ong.

"Mobile learning" is gaining popularity in all the education institutions around the world as a result of rapid advancement in networking technology deployed in the institutions, evolving from implementation of Wired Local Area Network, to implementation of Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN). Nevertheless some countries in South-East Asia are still reluctant to make the changes as there are concerns regarding the Impact of Wireless technology to Educating and Learning processes and what learning outcomes will be produced after the deployment as these are the critical factors that determine the success of education institution.

This paper therefore aimed to resolve the uncertainties by studying different WLAN deployment models in educational institutions of western and eastern countries to examine their differences. Comprehensive research survey will be conducted in a few selected higher education institutions to examine and contrast the differences and commonalities in the wireless coverage and wireless application, through the assistance of technical personnel supporting the campus network. Students and educators of selected university will also assist in answering questionnaires and interviews respectively to gather data concerning the behavioural impact of WLAN.

All data collected from educators, students and technical personnel will be compiled and analysed to deduce key factors that result in successful deployment of WLAN in both technical and behavioural perspective. The proposed factors will hypothesize what are the effective ways with which this wireless technology can be used in learning and educating processes to maximize the learning and educating values. On the technical viewpoint, suggestions for WLAN campus design that prepare campuses for today’s and tomorrow’s needs will be provided after detail analysis of system requirements (I.e. Data characteristics, WLAN topology, etc) in various education institutions around the world.


Hiew Pang Leang  (Malaysia)
Acting Head for School of Information Technology
School of Information Technology
Monash University Malaysia

A.Prof. Hiew Pang Leang received his B.Sc. degree in Computer Science and later, his B. Eng. Degree in Electrical and Computer Systems with Honours, both from Monash University. After working briefly with the manufacturing industry in Malaysia, he was offered a scholarship by Monash University to further his study. He subsequently obtained his Ph.D from the Faculty of Information Technology for his teletraffic research and studies of Digital Wireless Telecommunication Networks.

Michelle Ong  (Malaysia)
Research Students
School of Information Technology Honours Programme in Bachelor of Business and Commerce
Monash Univeristy

  • Education
  • Wireless
  • WLAN
  • M-Learning
  • Teaching process
  • Learning process
  • WLAN Deployment

(Virtual Presentation, English)