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Mobile Learning Materials:
Big impact, simple steps
Terese Bird
Learning Technologist and SCORE Research Fell...
What will we talk about?
• LMS
• Text
• Sound
• Video
• Interactive
Mobile-friendly LMS for interactivity (free ones)
• Edmodo
• Course Sites
• iTunes U Course
• Wordpressblogs
• Facebook pr...
Criminology – one iPad per distance student
Special iTunes U Course – only iPads,
iPhones, iPod Touch
iTunes U
• Distribute pdf, epub, mp3, and mp4 formats
• Share with the world
• Windows and Mac computers
• Make iTunes U C...
Special iTunes U Course – only iPads,
iPhones, iPod Touch
Special iTunes U Course – only iPads,
iPhones, iPod Touch
Easy to build a course using Safari
What format for content?
Medium Positives Negatives
Text •Speed
•Pre-existing material
•Flat
•Does not communicate
emotion...
Handy guide to ebooks
File format What device positives negatives
pdf Everything Runs on
everything
Does not flow so
hard ...
Text
• If phones, use epub
• If tablets, use pdf
• If BYOD, use both if you can
Calibre
• Easy to do:
– Take a Word doc
– Save as html
– Import into Calibre
– Save as epub or mobi
• Pdf to epub doesn’t ...
Take advantage of free iBooksAuthor
Take advantage of iBooks Author
• Free with latest Mac OS
• Saves as pdf and text
Other facts about ebooks
• Embedded multimedia ebooks is iOS only for now
• Android app for epubebooks: Aldiko
• If you ha...
Picture books!
• Just use simple pdf!!!
• Brilliant results!
• I tried everything else
• Maps, drawings
Sound
• Why sound?
– Copyright is easier – recorded lectures
– File size is smaller
– Listeners can do something else at t...
How?
• Audacity
• Garageband
• Window Sound Recorder
• But please save as mp3 (wma and wav are dead)
• And apps!!!...
Audioboo and SoundCloud
• Like YouTube for sound
• Record in browser
• Attract comments in browser
• Or simply upload
• RS...
Sound threaded discussions
• WimbaVoiceboard
• Voice Thread
• Voxopop
Examples of use
• Audio feedback – increased marks & retention
http://www.le.ac.uk/duckling
• Voice discussions
• Audioboo...
Video
• How many of you have made a YouTube video?
YouTube facts
• 10 minute limit
• Great to embed into LMS
• Comments are a mixed blessing
• Good statistics
• Use branding...
Vimeo
• Longer video than
YouTube
• Much less junk
• Pretty much just as
easy to do
• Downloadable
ScreenR
Other screencast options
• Screencast-O-Matic – browser
• CamStudio – free Windows application
• Quicktime Pro – free on M...
Recorded lectures
• Record the face or just the slides?
• Streaming or download?
• Automatic enterprise, or one-by-one?
• ...
Editing movies – keep it simple
• iMovie – free with Mac – saves as .mov, .mp4
• Windows MovieMaker – but doesn’t save as ...
Easy interactive
• ‘Clever’ Powerpoint with internal links, save as pdf –
for an example, try this: http://tinyurl.com/cor...
Thank you!!!
• tmb10@le.ac.uk - Willing to help!
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  1. 1. www.le.ac.uk Mobile Learning Materials: Big impact, simple steps Terese Bird Learning Technologist and SCORE Research Fellow Institute of Learning Innovation MobiLearnAsia Conference 1 October 2013, Singapore
  2. 2. What will we talk about? • LMS • Text • Sound • Video • Interactive
  3. 3. Mobile-friendly LMS for interactivity (free ones) • Edmodo • Course Sites • iTunes U Course • Wordpressblogs • Facebook private group • Xerte - Nottingham • NOT free: a bespoke app
  4. 4. Criminology – one iPad per distance student
  5. 5. Special iTunes U Course – only iPads, iPhones, iPod Touch
  6. 6. iTunes U • Distribute pdf, epub, mp3, and mp4 formats • Share with the world • Windows and Mac computers • Make iTunes U Course as an individual, use Safari • iTunes U Course is private to your students • iTunes U course is iOS only
  7. 7. Special iTunes U Course – only iPads, iPhones, iPod Touch
  8. 8. Special iTunes U Course – only iPads, iPhones, iPod Touch
  9. 9. Easy to build a course using Safari
  10. 10. What format for content? Medium Positives Negatives Text •Speed •Pre-existing material •Flat •Does not communicate emotion Image •Much communicated in a single simple package •Can be misleading without context Sound •More communicated by voice than just words •Convenient for multitasking •Smaller file than video •Not seen as flashy as video? Video •Most info communicated •Great for demonstrating skills •Bulky and padded •Demands attention
  11. 11. Handy guide to ebooks File format What device positives negatives pdf Everything Runs on everything Does not flow so hard to read on small screens epub Everything but Kindle •Best for phones •Flows, takes advantage of the devices’spower •Open source, somewhat futureproof Cannot view on a computer unless install a reader (Calibre) mobi Kindle Kindle is big Kindle only .ibooks Apple iBooks only •Pretty&easy •iPad is market leader for now •Apple iBooksonly •Notation a problem
  12. 12. Text • If phones, use epub • If tablets, use pdf • If BYOD, use both if you can
  13. 13. Calibre • Easy to do: – Take a Word doc – Save as html – Import into Calibre – Save as epub or mobi • Pdf to epub doesn’t really work • Also try epubbud.com
  14. 14. Take advantage of free iBooksAuthor
  15. 15. Take advantage of iBooks Author • Free with latest Mac OS • Saves as pdf and text
  16. 16. Other facts about ebooks • Embedded multimedia ebooks is iOS only for now • Android app for epubebooks: Aldiko • If you have a production department, buy inDesign • If you are an individual producer, buy a Mac and get Pages
  17. 17. Picture books! • Just use simple pdf!!! • Brilliant results! • I tried everything else • Maps, drawings
  18. 18. Sound • Why sound? – Copyright is easier – recorded lectures – File size is smaller – Listeners can do something else at the same time – No bad hair days – staff like it! – Voice communicates more than the printed word – Excellent, easy way to close distance
  19. 19. How? • Audacity • Garageband • Window Sound Recorder • But please save as mp3 (wma and wav are dead) • And apps!!!...
  20. 20. Audioboo and SoundCloud • Like YouTube for sound • Record in browser • Attract comments in browser • Or simply upload • RSS out, iTunes out  it’s like magic • Can send these to Apple if you like • Limited length of recordings
  21. 21. Sound threaded discussions • WimbaVoiceboard • Voice Thread • Voxopop
  22. 22. Examples of use • Audio feedback – increased marks & retention http://www.le.ac.uk/duckling • Voice discussions • Audioboo – Field use – listen to teacher’s description of a flower, student audio-records her own comments and findings • Student can record, using Audioboo for iPhone (don’t use iPad app yet)
  23. 23. Video • How many of you have made a YouTube video?
  24. 24. YouTube facts • 10 minute limit • Great to embed into LMS • Comments are a mixed blessing • Good statistics • Use branding • Not too easy to download the video • Good way to convert files to mp4
  25. 25. Vimeo • Longer video than YouTube • Much less junk • Pretty much just as easy to do • Downloadable
  26. 26. ScreenR
  27. 27. Other screencast options • Screencast-O-Matic – browser • CamStudio – free Windows application • Quicktime Pro – free on Macs, built into Mac operating system Not free: Camtasia, Captivate, Articulate – all very good and can include interactivity
  28. 28. Recorded lectures • Record the face or just the slides? • Streaming or download? • Automatic enterprise, or one-by-one? • Huge server space required, very expensive • Screen capture software: QuickTime, Camtasia, iShowU • Just do a narrated Powerpoint, screen capture change to mp4
  29. 29. Editing movies – keep it simple • iMovie – free with Mac – saves as .mov, .mp4 • Windows MovieMaker – but doesn’t save as mp4 • Only go to Final Cut Express if you have to! – Bleeped out sounds – Fuzzed out faces – A cut-out logo floating over the image
  30. 30. Easy interactive • ‘Clever’ Powerpoint with internal links, save as pdf – for an example, try this: http://tinyurl.com/corahapp • Prezi • Slideshareslidecast– example: http://tinyurl.com/c onolelearndesign
  31. 31. Thank you!!! • tmb10@le.ac.uk - Willing to help!
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