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  • Welcome and introductions
  • - Strategic drivers – refocus pedagogy (ref Sharples & the MALT project) . Also personalisation, flexibility, infrastructure foundation (unified approach) recruitment, transition & retention (Marketing), demand (survey – see next slide) From the Learning Technology Operational Plan 2011: 1D: Investigate new and emerging technologies which may offer pedagogic value 2B: To develop NILE as an academic portal 2C: The MALT project is considering to increasing use of mobile devices by staff and students and the impact this will have on learning and teaching. M&ER are considering the use of mobiles by prospective students. From: Information Services Learning and Teaching Strategy 2010-15 3.6 We will explore, develop and promote new technology for learning and teaching.  Over the period 2010-15 this will include an emphasis on mobile technology..... From: University of Northampton Learning and Teaching Strategy 2010-15 O2.1         To provide effective physical spaces and online environments to enhance student learning AA2.4       To establish a project on mobile learning
  • We knew there would be challenges…
  • -Loan devices and portable wifi hotspots -Traxler’s paper on student devices Google search for ‘university provide ipads’
  • Pedagogy driven not tech driven – still required to make ‘reasonable adjustments’ and provide alternatives (mobile web). W3C guidelines for mobile web and web apps but not native apps? Learner choice – of device, materials in other formats (esp audio and video), mobile OS accessibility tools Working with Student Services How to support users’ own devices? URB@N
  • Logical progression - the needs determined the team (data sources), then needed a delivery platform (the supplier)
  • Targeting information to audiences throughout their life at the University – they shouldn’t have to download another app. Covering as many platforms as possible and ensuring currency despite rate of change Constructivism: Learning is not just one way, but also one app will never meet all learning needs Customised data to audience – staff and student split on news – thinking about prospectus / enquiries. Signed 13 th Apr 2011
  • App store accounts, project management site (Activ Collab / JIRA)
  • User group – 17 definites, plus 13 investigating. International mailing list
  • Multiple accounts, Apple approval processes, and app size
  • -Dates of activity – 13 th April 2011 (purchase)......7 th September 2011 (publish to IOS / Android market), with publicity at Welcome Weekend (24/25 Sept) - analytics Difference between analytics between mobile central and Stats through building block (information of use to those who have only purchased Learn and not central).
  • - informal feedback - focus groups (incl URB@N) - mobile learning pilots
  • Needs – not just data but platforms (Blackberry) Team – project manager, data experts, buy in and branding/consistency (Computing, NBS). Note time difference. App Stores - get your accounts ready, and beware of Apple process delays and confidentiality. Skills gap. Feedback loops – iterative process – transparency
  • iNorthampton Journey

    1. 1. The iNorthampton Journey <ul><li>Julie Usher </li></ul><ul><li>The University of Northampton </li></ul><ul><li>13 th Feb 2012 </li></ul>
    2. 2. Drivers <ul><li>Why mobile? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Strategic planning and pedagogy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Marketing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Demand? </li></ul></ul>
    3. 3. Anticipated challenges (pt 1) <ul><li>Why not? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ not everyone has a smartphone” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ not everyone can ‘do’ mobile learning” </li></ul></ul>
    4. 4. Challenges or opportunities? <ul><li>Inclusion </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Device provision? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wireless campus </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mi-fi units </li></ul></ul>
    5. 5. Challenges or opportunities? <ul><li>Accessibility </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Choice </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Personalisation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Control </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Usability and skills gaps </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Training and support </li></ul></ul>
    6. 6. What are the needs? <ul><li>Different audiences (students, staff, prospects) </li></ul><ul><li>What’s possible? </li></ul>
    7. 7. Choosing a supplier <ul><li>‘ Most of the people, most of the time’... Audiences, platforms and the pace of change </li></ul><ul><li>Creating learning opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Works ‘out of the box’ and customisable </li></ul><ul><li>Cost </li></ul>
    8. 8. Anticipated challenges to openness (pt 2) <ul><li>Where’s the data? </li></ul>
    9. 9. Creating a ‘one stop shop’ Web team and CIS Marketing Library systems LearnTech
    10. 10. Creating mobile learning opportunities <ul><li>Putting Mobile Learn through its paces </li></ul><ul><ul><li>in-house testing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>external experts </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Introducing Mobile Learn to staff </li></ul><ul><ul><li>support resources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>inspiration </li></ul></ul>
    11. 11. Launch & promotion <ul><li>Welcome weekend (21 st and 22 nd September 2011) </li></ul><ul><li>Print marketing </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Posters </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Door hangers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Stands </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Web promotion </li></ul><ul><ul><li>University website </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Blackboard </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Facebook </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Twitter </li></ul></ul>
    12. 12. Is it working? Measuring adoption Analytics: 1000 downloads one week after launch >3000 downloads after one month 7833 downloads to date 5 months from purchase to deployment Most popular link was timetables with 21,686 hits in the first month
    13. 13. Is it working? Feedback from users <ul><li>Twitter (#iNorthampton) </li></ul><ul><li>Email </li></ul><ul><li>Blog </li></ul><ul><li>Spot surveys </li></ul><ul><li>Focus groups </li></ul><ul><li>Pilots </li></ul>Get the @UniNorthants app immediately! Dream!! @UniNorthants has an app!! This is tres exciting! I'm actually having a physical reaction I am that excited. Will make life so much easier! @UniNorthants now have their own app. Snazzy. Am not tryna gas but thank God for the Northampton app because now I left my timetable at home, I would have been lost. Bloody good idea!
    14. 14. Is it still working? 5 months on... <ul><li>85% of students rate Mobile Learn as ‘useful’ / ‘very useful’ </li></ul><ul><li>Library, Directory and Timetables score over 70% </li></ul><ul><li>“ it enables me to see students work as and when they produce it, even when they are off campus … and this means I can respond and comment instantly.” (Staff) </li></ul><ul><li>“ Can access NILE when ever I need to and if I need to check something quickly I can do. Also comes in handy if can’t see properly in lectures as can bring them up on my phone.” (Student) </li></ul>
    15. 15. Top five tips <ul><li>Identify needs (and decide which ones you can meet) </li></ul><ul><li>Bring together a project team with range of experience </li></ul><ul><li>Find a provider who can satisfy the immediate need and provide extensions for the future (SDKs) </li></ul><ul><li>The app stores are your friends (?) </li></ul><ul><li>Stay in the loop </li></ul>
    16. 16. Next Steps <ul><ul><li>Dissemination and case studies: what could a mobile VLE do for you? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Feedback and new iterations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Customisations (SDK) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Investigating support models </li></ul></ul>
    17. 17. Questions? <ul><li>Contact details: </li></ul><ul><li>Julie Usher </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>@jules_u </li></ul>
    18. 18. References etc. <ul><li>Useful links </li></ul><ul><li>More about the iNorthampton project: </li></ul><ul><li>Guidelines on accessibility for the mobile web: http ://   </li></ul><ul><li>TechDis on mobile learning: http:// </li></ul><ul><li>Traxler, J. (2010) “Students and mobile devices.” ALT-J Research in Learning Technology [online] 18.2, p149-160. Available from: [Accessed 10th February 2012] </li></ul><ul><li>More info on JADU MyAPI (presentation by Steve Martin): </li></ul><ul><li>Image credits </li></ul><ul><li>Photography by Rob Farmer, University of Northampton </li></ul><ul><li>3d characters from http:// </li></ul>