Opening Access to Learning and Support

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Opening Access to Learning and Support

  1. 1. The University in your pocket: opening access to learning and support
 Julie Usher The University of Northampton ATinHE meeting, June 2012
  2. 2. Drivers
Why mobile? – Strategic planning and pedagogy – Marketing – Demand
  3. 3. Anticipated challenges to openness
Why not?
 “not everyone has a
 smartphone” 
 
 “not everyone can ‘do’
 mobile learning”

  4. 4. Challenges or opportunities?
1. Inclusion – Platforms – Device provision – Wireless campus – Mi-fi units
  5. 5. Challenges or opportunities?
2. Accessibility – Choice – Personalisation – Control3. Usability and skills gaps – Training and support
  6. 6. What are the needs?
Different audiences (students, staff, prospects)What’s possible?
  7. 7. The challenges
• Third party (US) developers with different priorities• Usability testing requires users!
  8. 8. 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/
  9. 9. Questions?Contact details:Julie Usher@jules_ujulie.usher@northampton.ac.uk
  10. 10. 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

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