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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
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    • 1. The iNorthampton Journey
      • Julie Usher
      • The University of Northampton
      • 13 th Feb 2012
    • 2. Drivers
      • Why mobile?
        • Strategic planning and pedagogy
        • Marketing
        • Demand?
    • 3. Anticipated challenges (pt 1)
      • Why not?
        • “ not everyone has a smartphone”
        • “ not everyone can ‘do’ mobile learning”
    • 4. Challenges or opportunities?
      • Inclusion
        • Device provision?
        • Wireless campus
        • Mi-fi units
    • 5. Challenges or opportunities?
      • Accessibility
        • Choice
        • Personalisation
        • Control
      • Usability and skills gaps
        • Training and support
    • 6. What are the needs?
      • Different audiences (students, staff, prospects)
      • What’s possible?
    • 7. Choosing a supplier
      • ‘ Most of the people, most of the time’... Audiences, platforms and the pace of change
      • Creating learning opportunities
      • Works ‘out of the box’ and customisable
      • Cost
    • 8. Anticipated challenges to openness (pt 2)
      • Where’s the data?
    • 9. Creating a ‘one stop shop’ Web team and CIS Marketing Library systems LearnTech
    • 10. Creating mobile learning opportunities
      • Putting Mobile Learn through its paces
        • in-house testing
        • external experts
      • Introducing Mobile Learn to staff
        • support resources
        • inspiration
    • 11. Launch & promotion
      • Welcome weekend (21 st and 22 nd September 2011)
      • Print marketing
        • Posters
        • Door hangers
        • Stands
      • Web promotion
        • University website
        • Blackboard
        • Facebook
        • Twitter
    • 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. Is it working? Feedback from users
      • Twitter (#iNorthampton)
      • Email
      • Blog
      • Spot surveys
      • Focus groups
      • Pilots
      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. Is it still working? 5 months on...
      • 85% of students rate Mobile Learn as ‘useful’ / ‘very useful’
      • Library, Directory and Timetables score over 70%
      • “ 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)
      • “ 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)
    • 15. Top five tips
      • Identify needs (and decide which ones you can meet)
      • Bring together a project team with range of experience
      • Find a provider who can satisfy the immediate need and provide extensions for the future (SDKs)
      • The app stores are your friends (?)
      • Stay in the loop
    • 16. Next Steps
        • Dissemination and case studies: what could a mobile VLE do for you?
        • Feedback and new iterations
        • Customisations (SDK)
        • Investigating support models
    • 17. Questions?
      • Contact details:
      • Julie Usher
      • [email_address]
      • @jules_u
    • 18. References etc.
      • Useful links
      • More about the iNorthampton project:
      • Guidelines on accessibility for the mobile web: http ://  
      • TechDis on mobile learning: http://
      • Traxler, J. (2010) “Students and mobile devices.” ALT-J Research in Learning Technology [online] 18.2, p149-160. Available from: [Accessed 10th February 2012]
      • More info on JADU MyAPI (presentation by Steve Martin):
      • Image credits
      • Photography by Rob Farmer, University of Northampton
      • 3d characters from http://