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    • The University in your pocket: opening access to learning and support
      • Julie Usher
      • The University of Northampton
      • Blackboard Users’ Conference, 5 th Jan 2012
    • Drivers
      • Why mobile?
        • Strategic planning and pedagogy
        • Marketing
        • Demand
    • Anticipated challenges to openness (pt 1)
      • Why not?
        • “ not everyone has a smartphone”
        • “ not everyone can ‘do’ mobile learning”
    • Challenges or opportunities?
      • Inclusion
        • Device provision
        • Wireless campus
        • Mi-fi units
    • Challenges or opportunities?
      • Accessibility
        • Choice
        • Personalisation
        • Control
      • Usability and skills gaps
        • Training and support
    • What are the needs?
      • Different audiences (students, staff, prospects)
      • What’s possible?
    • Anticipated challenges to openness (pt 2)
      • Where’s the data?
    • Creating a ‘one stop shop’ Web team and CIS Marketing Library systems LearnTech
    • Is it working? Measuring success Analytics: 1000 downloads one week after launch >3000 downloads after one month 6575 downloads to date 5 months from purchase to deployment Most popular link was timetables with 21,686 hits in the first month
    • Measuring success: what they said
      • 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!
    • Other challenges
      • Project convergence (all under one roof.....where possible)
      • Skills gaps
      • Working within different time zones
      • Challenging platforms (Blackberry)
    • 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
    • Next Steps
      • Kaizen...
        • Piloting the mobile VLE
        • SDK developments and extensions
        • Strategies for engagement (bribery etc.)
        • Investigating support models
        • iNorthampton phase 2
    • Questions?
      • Contact details:
      • Julie Usher
      • @jules_u
      • [email_address]
    • References etc.
      • Useful links
      • More about the iNorthampton project: http://www.northampton.ac.uk/mobile
      • Guidelines on accessibility for the mobile web: http ://www.w3.org/Mobile/  
      • TechDis on mobile learning: http:// www.jisctechdis.ac.uk/techdis/investinyourself/freeresources/accessiblemobilelearning
      • Traxler, J. (2010) “Students and mobile devices.” ALT-J Research in Learning Technology [online] 18.2, p149-160. Available from: http:// www.informaworld.com/openurl?genre=article&issn=0968%2d7769&volume=18&issue=2&spage=149 [Accessed 3 rd January 2012]
      • More info on JADU MyAPI (presentation by Steve Martin): http://speakerdeck.com/u/s2martin/p/inorthampton-and-jadu
      • Image credits
      • Photography by Rob Farmer, University of Northampton
      • 3d characters from http:// www.canstockphoto.com/3pod