INNOVATION IN PURSUIT OF EDUCATION EXCELLENCE: MOBILE OUTLOOK

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INNOVATION IN PURSUIT OF EDUCATION EXCELLENCE: MOBILE OUTLOOK

  1. 1. INNOVATION IN PURSUIT OFEDUCATION EXCELLENCE:MOBILE OUTLOOKJoseph Labrecque WCET Annual Conference | October 29th 2011
  2. 2. WHO AM I? Joseph Labrecque, MA University of Denver - CTL Senior Interactive Software Engineer Adjunct Faculty Fractured Vision Media, LLC Proprietor Twitter: @JosephLabrecque Web: http://josephlabrecque.com/
  3. 3. Mobile and Education
  4. 4. MOBILE GROWTHANDROID is the best growth indicator• Q2 2009: Android had a 2.8% share of worldwide smartphone shipments.• July 2011: 550,000 Android devices are now activated by Google each day with growth 4.4% per week.• August 2011: Android has about 48% of the smartphone market share.By 2014, mobile internet consumptionwill overtake desktop consumption.
  5. 5. MOBILE CHALLENGESDesktop / Mobile pain points:• Device resolution and pixel density• Adopting the touch paradigm• Non-traditional operating systems• Limitations in processing power and battery• Locked down platforms with real limitations• An immature class of device
  6. 6. EDUCATIONAL FACTORSGuidelines for encouraging mobile in education:• Do not mandate one specific platform.• Consider multi-screen approaches to teaching and learning and application design.• Encourage exploration and curiosity among students, faculty, and staff.• Remember that some experiences are best left to the traditional desktop.
  7. 7. The current shift to mobile is very similar tothe initial movement institutions faced in theearly 1990’s with the adoption of desktopcomputing and the world wide web.
  8. 8. TAKE-AWAYSMobile requires a certaindirected approach that is notrequired with desktopapplication development.
  9. 9. TAKE-AWAYSMobile users still expecteverything to work flawlesslyon whatever random devicethey may be using.This perspective is flawed.
  10. 10. TAKE-AWAYSDesigning good educationalapplications requires collaborationbetween educators and technologyprofessionals.
  11. 11. TAKE-AWAYSThis is an absolutely stellar timeto be working and teaching inthese fields.Let us make the most of thisopportunity!
  12. 12. Thank you.@JosephLabrecque

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