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  • Contacts ToolContent on course home pages - using modules for announcementsNative announcement tool make sure link to tool on course menu or provide tools link on the menu so that tools can be accessed

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  • BlackboardMobilisationRichard LillekerE-learning Technologist, Middlesbrough CollegeWednesday 10th April 2013
  • 2Introduction• Brief overview of Mobile Learn• Your experiences so far…• Common Stumbling Blocks• Best Practices• „3 Stages of Mobilisation‟• Group Tasks - Participation Required!• Summarise
  • 3What have you done?• Identify what you have done at yourinstitution to promote and encourage theuse of Mobile Learn• Have you offered any advice on bestpractices for maximising coursecompatibility with Mobile Learn?
  • 4Design or Adapt?• Design for Mobile?– New content, especially multimedia• Adapt for Mobile?– Existing content, no need to start again, just tweak• Existing courses are simply not 100% compatible withMobile Learn.• Important to remember that a course should not beentirely mobile compatible.• Should be designed to compliment.• Student expectations
  • 5Blackboard Mobile Learn• Lots of functionality „out-of-the-box‟• Features designed for native mobile app• Can add unique value to a course• Encourage mobile learning• Inside and outside the classroom (BYOD)
  • 6MobileLearnFeaturesAnnouncements PushNotificationsJournalsTasksDropboxIntegrationDiscussionBoardsRosterMobileTestsBlogsContentMy Grades
  • 7Three Stages of MobilisationStage 1Fewmodifications tocoursestructure/designUses existingcontent - checkfor compatibilityStage 2Quick fixesApply bestpracticesStarting toadopt nativetoolsStage 3Incorporatericher contentEmploy 3rdParty apps toopen content
  • 8Stage 1• Taking an existing course, identify what worksand what doesnt work.• Student benefit of accessing course from Mobile• Group Task: Spend 5 minutes discussing yourexperiences with Mobile Learn and identify what contentworks best on a mobile device.
  • 9CommonStumblingBlocksContacts ToolHTML Content(iOS and Androidappearance)Course Links inAnnouncementsInstructions forCollaborativeTools Files added viaVTBEFlash contentJava basedcontentQuickTimevideo (Android)Content displayingdifferently onvarious platformsand devicesMashupsCourse Home (Module) PagesPublisher Contente.g. McGraw HillWikis(iOS vs. Android)
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  • 14Considering Stage 1...• What should you be doing in order tomaximise mobilisation of courses?• Follow Best Practices• Be aware of various device and platformlimitations• Reduced effort to make course mobilefriendly
  • 15Best Practices for Content• Screen real estate• Connection speeds• Handling of files by devices (workflow)• Touch screen, small buttons = accessibility• Be aware of supported file types
  • 16General documents (text,presentations, PDFs)Multimedia (audio, video,images)SupportedFile Types.doc.docx.ppt.pdf.jpg, .gif, .png.mp3, .wav.mp4, .movDO • Use sans-serif fonts• Use larger text sizes• Keep file sizes small• Use small dimensions• Keep length shortDONT • Upload huge documents• Use lots of images• Rely on Flash content (will notwork on iOS)Consider... • Provide images as separatefiles• Converting files to PDF topreserve formatting• Recording video or audio on amobile device• Use software presets formobile
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  • 18Best Practices for Course Design• Short, simple names• Provide instructions in titles• Be aware that course menu dividers andheaders dont display• Folder descriptions are lost• Decide how you want to design course toorganise content - consistent and intuitive• Similar principles to desktop design
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  • 20Stage 2• “Quick fixes” to resolve the problems identified in stage 1by adhering to best practices and adapting:• Avoid use of HTML and VTBE for attaching files etc.• Be careful when adding descriptions to folders, especially if usingimages (HTML)• Adapt content and course design• Changes names of content areas, folders etc.• Multimedia compatibility• Assessment: can we modify any existing tests to make them mobilecompatible? Use Mobile Compatible Test List Tool.• Employ native tools to encourage more mobile interaction with course• Instruct to View in Browser„• Add at least one mobile activity to your course
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  • 22Stage 3• Incorporate and/or adapt “richer” content• eBooks• Mashups• Making use of DropBox to download/upload files(assignments, content)• Making use of Third Party apps to launch othercontent (e.g. Prezi)• Other mobile technologies– QR Codes
  • 23Mashups• Generate HTML code - doesnt displaycorrectly on all mobile devices• Check „Display URL for enhanced Androidcompatibility• Add an extra item e.g. Web link, for iOSusers with a link to YouTube video - opensin YouTube app/browser• Take advantage of native apps and mobileWeb versions of tools
  • 24Third Party Apps• Use Third party apps, native device apps ormobile web versions to load content• Prezi - presentations load with Prezi Viewer• eBooks - load with iBooks, Kindle, BlueFireReader• SlideShare (Mobile Web)• YouTube, Flickr (Mobile Web)• Pages, Keynote
  • 25Dropbox• How can it be used?• Upload files created on mobile devices• Save files for review or editing offline• Student submission of assignment/work viaCollaborative Tool such as a Journal
  • 26Instructor createstext document oniPadSaves to Dropboxand uploads toBlackboard viaMobile LearnStudent downloadstext document onmobile device.Student edits fileoffline, either ondesktop or mobile.Saves to Dropbox.Student uploadsfile from Dropboxvia Mobile Learn(use collab. Tool)Instructor retrievesfile and postscomment.Dropbox: Sample Workflow
  • 27Group Task• Modify existingOceanographycourse content ondesktop• Consider adding morericher content• Test on variousdevices• Report back onfindings
  • 28Login Details• Username: ocean1• Password: TL1• Student Login:• Username: ocean• Password: student13
  • 29Findings
  • 30Summary• Lots of options to mobilise your course andmake it more mobile friendly• Getting the balance right - look good ondesktop and understandable by mobileusers. Achieving both can be difficult.• Understand why you must adapt existingcontent - think about it from a studentviewpoint and how it benefits them.• Invest a little time…
  • 31Resources• Blackboard UK Mobile User Group– adel.gordon@northampton.ac.uk• Best Practices for Mobile Friendly Courses– http://tinyurl.com/c42ucut• Julie Usher (UK Mobile Solutions Engineer)– julie.usher@blackboard.com
  • Questions?r.lilleker@mbro.ac.uk