Anticipated challenges to openness Why not? “not everyone has a smartphone” “not everyone can ‘do’ mobile learning”
Challenges or opportunities? 1. Inclusion – Platforms – Device provision – Wireless campus – Mi-fi units
Challenges or opportunities? 2. Accessibility – Choice – Personalisation – Control3. Usability and skills gaps – Training and support
What are the needs? Different audiences (students, staff, prospects)What’s possible?
The challenges • Third party (US) developers with different priorities• Usability testing requires users!
The future? Apple leading development for accessibility:• high contrast / zoom / white on black• guided access• VoiceOver• Siri / Eyes Free • http://mashable.com/follow/videos/1684486565001-ios-accessibility-and-education/
References etc.Useful links•More about the iNorthampton project: http://www.northampton.ac.uk/mobile •More about inclusion and accessibility at Northampton: http://blogs.northampton.ac.uk/learntech/2012/01/09/inorthampton-opening-access-to-learning-and-support/ •More about the accessibility of Blackboard products: http://www.blackboard.com/accessibility •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 3rdJanuary 2012] Image credits•Photography by Rob Farmer, University of Northampton•3d characters from http://www.canstockphoto.com/3pod