What is Near Field Communication?

Near field communication (NFC) enables mobile and other devices to securely exchange radio communications with each other, either when they are touched together or brought in close proximity. The standards for NFC are based on existing radio-frequency identification (RFID) systems to allow two-way communication between devices, and essentially boils down to short-range wireless protocols that function similarly to Bluetooth, but with a highly secure transmission protocol. Common uses of NFC for commerce, social interactions, and security respectively include contactless transactions at stores, data and media exchange, and encrypted identity keycards — all accessible via mobile device. Google Wallet, for example, allows users to store credit card information on their NFC-enabled smartphone so that they can simply swipe their phone at a pay station and the purchase is instantly completed. Because NFC also enables users to share contacts, photos, videos, and audio files with each other by simply moving the mobile devices close together, it could become a powerful technology for seamless collaboration and the easy exchange of information and content.

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(1) How might this technology be relevant to the educational sector you know best?

  • storing not only learner's information to facilitate borrowing university resources / using shared spaces (i.e. labs) etc which needs verification of person, but also storing learner's needs and preferences in many other areas of a learner's life within the campus, can help adapt a campus environment to each person's needs - edelera edelera Oct 28, 2014
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(2) What themes are missing from the above description that you think are important?

  • NFC can not only trigger actions to do/share/contact/pay, but it can trigger actions to disconnect. It would be interesting to use NFC to trigger the phones to be in Airplane mode during presentations, sessions or even classes - the importance of learning how to be attentive, to listening, etc. - edelera edelera Oct 28, 2014
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(3) What do you see as the potential impact of this technology on higher education?

  • when used appropriately/strategically, an nfc in the most-used-by-the-learner device can greatly diminish the time spent with administrative and other academic-related tasks, and help him/her manage his life as a learner better - edelera edelera Oct 28, 2014
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