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Mobile technologies in HE: The possible vs the practical
Mobile technologies in HE: The possible vs the practical
Mobile technologies in HE: The possible vs the practical
Mobile technologies in HE: The possible vs the practical
Mobile technologies in HE: The possible vs the practical
Mobile technologies in HE: The possible vs the practical
Mobile technologies in HE: The possible vs the practical
Mobile technologies in HE: The possible vs the practical
Mobile technologies in HE: The possible vs the practical
Mobile technologies in HE: The possible vs the practical
Mobile technologies in HE: The possible vs the practical
Mobile technologies in HE: The possible vs the practical
Mobile technologies in HE: The possible vs the practical
Mobile technologies in HE: The possible vs the practical
Mobile technologies in HE: The possible vs the practical
Mobile technologies in HE: The possible vs the practical
Mobile technologies in HE: The possible vs the practical
Mobile technologies in HE: The possible vs the practical
Mobile technologies in HE: The possible vs the practical
Mobile technologies in HE: The possible vs the practical
Mobile technologies in HE: The possible vs the practical
Mobile technologies in HE: The possible vs the practical
Mobile technologies in HE: The possible vs the practical
Mobile technologies in HE: The possible vs the practical
Mobile technologies in HE: The possible vs the practical
Mobile technologies in HE: The possible vs the practical
Mobile technologies in HE: The possible vs the practical
Mobile technologies in HE: The possible vs the practical
Mobile technologies in HE: The possible vs the practical
Mobile technologies in HE: The possible vs the practical
Mobile technologies in HE: The possible vs the practical
Mobile technologies in HE: The possible vs the practical
Mobile technologies in HE: The possible vs the practical
Mobile technologies in HE: The possible vs the practical
Mobile technologies in HE: The possible vs the practical
Mobile technologies in HE: The possible vs the practical
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Mobile technologies in HE : The possible vs the practical

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Mobile technology available through smartphones, iphones and personal digital assistants is becoming increasingly common as web browsers with more wireless capabilities and faster internet speeds are …

Mobile technology available through smartphones, iphones and personal digital assistants is becoming increasingly common as web browsers with more wireless capabilities and faster internet speeds are now standard on an average new mobile phone. At the same time the number of students with mobile technology is increasing and there are more opportunities to use these devices for their formal and informal learning within the VLE.

This paper examines how we can use the mobile technology currently available to enhance current teaching and learning practices within the VLE, without complicating them. The paper through both survey data and case study's also investigates how your students may already be using their mobile devices as part of their education. It then uses survey data to examine the reality of today versus the possibilities for the future.

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    • 1. Mobile technologies in HE The possible vs the practical 9 th January 2009 9 th Durham Blackboard Users’ Conference Kate Reader University of Bristol Sophie Paluch College of Law Zak Mensah TASI University of Bristol
    • 2. What’s Possible?
    • 3. What’s there <ul><li>Your students </li></ul><ul><li>The market </li></ul><ul><li>Your VLE – learning tools </li></ul><ul><li>Skills, resources and issues surrounding training, support and longevity </li></ul>
    • 4. What’s Useable <ul><li>Key size </li></ul><ul><li>Screen size </li></ul><ul><li>Battery Life </li></ul>
    • 5. What’s Accessible <ul><li>Age </li></ul><ul><li>Cost </li></ul><ul><li>Signal </li></ul><ul><li>IT Competency </li></ul><ul><li>Digital Divide </li></ul>
    • 6. What’s Realistic <ul><li>Expectations </li></ul><ul><li>Using what you have </li></ul><ul><li>Your budget </li></ul><ul><li>Unlimited Patience </li></ul>
    • 7. Have we come along way? http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=694TX2lQ7Uo&feature=related
    • 8. <ul><li>1985 </li></ul><ul><li>1 st mobile phone </li></ul><ul><li>1 hour of talktime </li></ul><ul><li>8 hours of standby. </li></ul><ul><li>Only had signal in New York and Chicago </li></ul><ul><li>Within a two mile radius </li></ul><ul><li>No address book </li></ul><ul><li>No text </li></ul><ul><li>Cost $3395 </li></ul><ul><li>2009 </li></ul><ul><li>15 hours of talk time </li></ul><ul><li>Two weeks of standby </li></ul><ul><li>8mp Camera </li></ul><ul><li>Internet access </li></ul><ul><li>Barcode Scanner </li></ul><ul><li>Music Player </li></ul><ul><li>Organiser </li></ul><ul><li>Email </li></ul><ul><li>Sim Pay </li></ul><ul><li>98% UK coverage </li></ul><ul><li>Free or cheap on PAYG </li></ul>
    • 9. YES <ul><li>45 Million People share 71 million handsets in the UK. </li></ul><ul><li>Only 10% of adults don’t have a mobile phone </li></ul><ul><li>Students are some of the most prolific non standard (not just text and calls) users of mobile devices. </li></ul><ul><li>Internet use has increased 13% since the iphone came in. </li></ul><ul><li>Free on contract </li></ul><ul><li>PAYG with web access £49.99 </li></ul>
    • 10. Internet on phones has gone from this 2001
    • 11. TO THIS 2008
    • 12. NO <ul><li>Cost data and wi-fi not free. </li></ul><ul><li>Majority don’t have decent internet enabled phones </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t know how or want to use them. </li></ul><ul><li>Text is still most prolific way to communicate in the UK. </li></ul>
    • 13. About me <ul><li>Zak Mensah e-learning officer </li></ul><ul><li>TASI soon to be JISC Digital Media (Feb 2009) </li></ul><ul><li>University of Bristol </li></ul>
    • 14.  
    • 15. Today’s key subject “ how we can use the mobile technology currently available to enhance current teaching and learning practices within the VLE, without complicating them” technically, pedagogically and socially Ref: JISC technology and Standards Watch 04-03 (November 2004)
    • 16. From abstract <ul><li>“how we can use the mobile technology currently available to enhance current teaching and learning practices within the VLE, without complicating them” </li></ul>
    • 17. Quote <ul><li>&quot;Recent changes in device technology and the adoption rates and market development for mobile devices have converged with changes in both the strategic direction of post-16 education and some aspects of pedagogy.&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>JISC technology and Standards Watch 04-03 (November 2004) </li></ul>
    • 18. <ul><li>The Educause Horizon report 2008 </li></ul><ul><li>http://connect.educause.edu/Library/ELI/2008HorizonReport/45926 </li></ul><ul><li>suggests that while web-based tools are rapidly becoming standard in education and in the workplace and technologically-mediated communication is the norm, fluency in information, visual, and technological literacy is not formally taught to most students OR staff http://www.oucs.ox.ac.uk/ltg/events/shock2009/ </li></ul>
    • 19. The answer lies in a subtle polish <ul><li>Its early days really for mobiles but using my </li></ul><ul><li>iphone has already shown: </li></ul><ul><li>We need good design : Just think about me…. </li></ul><ul><li>Let me do my 1-3 core task quickly (flickr) </li></ul>
    • 20.  
    • 21. http://alistapart.com/articles/returnofthemobilestylesheet
    • 22. Points <ul><li>Start simple </li></ul><ul><li>feedback </li></ul><ul><li>iterate </li></ul>“ the mobile experience merits its own design, as discussed in a growing body of literature, including the W3C’s very own Mobile Web Best Practices , released in July 2008 as a W3C Recommendation.”
    • 23. http://aneventapart.com/
    • 24. http://aneventapart.com/
    • 25. Technically <ul><li>Provide wifi to help those with wifi enabled phones/ipod touches in and around uni buildings. </li></ul><ul><li>Bus stops would be amazing.. buses and trains.” </li></ul>
    • 26. Possible <ul><li>The BBC stray from the University practical and produce many iterations of a site for all the popular mobiles </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/bbcinternet/2008/03/bbc_iplayer_on_iphone_behind_t.html </li></ul>
    • 27. Example <ul><li>http://www.jisc.ac.uk/news/stories/2008/03/hairdressingtraining.aspx A key online vocational resource developed by West End professionals for hairdressing training has been made available via mobile phones; it was announced at a recent launch event in London. The photographic step-by-step guides to styling, colouring and cutting techniques, combined with lesson information and handy hints, encourage the benefits of the interactive learning styles available on the Hairdressing Training site. </li></ul>
    • 28. Example <ul><li>Hyperlinking the real world </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/hyperlinking_the_real_world.php </li></ul>
    • 29. <ul><li>Experimentation is the key in 2009 </li></ul>
    • 30. Mobile Use at the University of Bristol The Practical…
    • 31. % of Students with the Technology
    • 32. Contract vs Pay As You Go
    • 33. Other Mobile Devices?
    • 34. What does the research say? ….
    • 35. <ul><li>Assumption: Young People are more competent with technology </li></ul><ul><li>JISC’s verdict: young people tend to use much simpler applications and fewer facilities than many imagine. </li></ul><ul><li>Assumption: Young people pick up computer skills by trial-and-error </li></ul><ul><li>JISC’s verdict: This is a complete myth. The popular view that Google generation teenagers are twiddling away on a new device while their parents are still reading the manual is a complete reversal of reality, as Ofcom survey 22 findings confirm. </li></ul>(The Google Generation Study)
    • 36. Questions Comments Rants

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