The iNorthampton Journey


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Presentation to Blackboard Strategic Workshop on 25th October 2011

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  • Welcome and introductions
  • Rob 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) Julie Why not Traxler’s paper on student devices Loan devices and portable wifi hotpots Mobile OS accessibility tools 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
  • Julie what are the needs? (survey) - the content we chose - what we wanted, Rob TEAM what was possible in the timeframe, who needed to be involved (phase 1) – student union involvement ! Logical progression - the needs determined the team (data sources), then needed a delivery platform (the supplier) Why Blackboard ? Out of the box with the ability to customise Talk about the mobile VLE and discussions with alternative suppliers. “Learning is not just one way” customised data to audience – staff and student split on news – thinking about prospectus / enquiries.
  • Julie - herding cats (Computing, NBS) and data - project management & branding - the “skills gap” (esp in relation to app stores etc) - timezones & communication with the SF team - Blackberry development (benefits of client network)
  • Rob -Dates of activity – 13 th April 2011 (purchase)......7 th September 2011 (publish to IOS / Android market) impact? welcome weekend, freshers week - 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).
  • Julie - informal feedback - focus groups - mobile learning pilots
  • Julie identify a project manager/someone with lots of time, get your accounts ready, and beware of Apple process delays! Feedback loops – iterative process - transparency
  • Rob Future sessions - the mobile VLE
  • The iNorthampton Journey

    1. 1. The iNorthampton Journey <ul><li>Rob Howe & Julie Usher </li></ul><ul><li>The University of Northampton </li></ul>
    2. 2. Drivers <ul><li>Why mobile? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Strategic planning and pedagogy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Demand </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Recruitment </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Why not? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Inclusion and challenges to access </li></ul></ul>
    3. 3. Making it happen <ul><li>What are needs of different audiences (students, staff and prospects)? </li></ul><ul><li>What’s possible? </li></ul>
    4. 4. Challenges <ul><li>Project convergence (all under one roof.....where possible) </li></ul><ul><li>Skills gaps </li></ul><ul><li>Working within different time zones </li></ul><ul><li>Challenging platforms (Blackberry) </li></ul>
    5. 5. Measuring success: the data <ul><li>1000 downloads one week after launch </li></ul><ul><li>>3000 downloads after one month </li></ul>5 months from purchase to deployment Most popular link was timetables with 21,686 hits in the first month
    6. 6. Measuring success: what they said <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!
    7. 7. 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>
    8. 8. Next Steps <ul><li>Kaizen... </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Piloting the mobile VLE </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>SDK developments and extensions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Strategies for engagement (bribery etc.) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>iNorthampton phase 2 </li></ul></ul>