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  • Welcome and introductions
  • - Strategic drivers – refocus pedagogy (ref Sharples & the MALT project) . Also personalisation, flexibility, infrastructure foundation (unified approach) recruitment, transition & retention (Marketing), demand (survey – see next slide) From the Learning Technology Operational Plan 2011: 1D: Investigate new and emerging technologies which may offer pedagogic value 2B: To develop NILE as an academic portal 2C: The MALT project is considering to increasing use of mobile devices by staff and students and the impact this will have on learning and teaching. M&ER are considering the use of mobiles by prospective students. From: Information Services Learning and Teaching Strategy 2010-15 3.6 We will explore, develop and promote new technology for learning and teaching.  Over the period 2010-15 this will include an emphasis on mobile technology..... From: University of Northampton Learning and Teaching Strategy 2010-15 O2.1         To provide effective physical spaces and online environments to enhance student learning AA2.4       To establish a project on mobile learning
  • We knew there would be challenges…
  • -Loan devices and portable wifi hotspots -Traxler’s paper on student devices Google search for ‘university provide ipads’
  • Pedagogy driven not tech driven – still required to make ‘reasonable adjustments’ and provide alternatives (mobile web). W3C guidelines for mobile web and web apps but not native apps? Learner choice – of device, materials in other formats (esp audio and video), mobile OS accessibility tools Working with Student Services How to support users’ own devices? URB@N
  • Logical progression - the needs determined the team (data sources), then needed a delivery platform (the supplier)
  • Targeting information to audiences throughout their life at the University – they shouldn’t have to download another app. Covering as many platforms as possible and ensuring currency despite rate of change Constructivism: Learning is not just one way, but also one app will never meet all learning needs Customised data to audience – staff and student split on news – thinking about prospectus / enquiries. Signed 13 th Apr 2011
  • App store accounts, project management site (Activ Collab / JIRA)
  • User group – 22 definites, plus 13 investigating. International mailing list
  • 13 th April 2011 (purchase)......7 th September 2011 (publish to IOS / Android market), with publicity at Welcome Weekend (24/25 Sept) Multiple accounts, Apple approval processes, and app size
  • Difference between analytics between mobile central and Stats through building block (information of use to those who have only purchased Learn and not central). Downloads: 5332 iOS, 1564 Android, 1647 Blackberry Total logins: 18,997
  • - informal feedback - focus groups (incl URB@N) - mobile learning pilots
  • Needs – not just data but platforms (Blackberry) Team – project manager, data experts, buy in and branding/consistency (Computing, NBS). Note time difference. App Stores - get your accounts ready, and beware of Apple process delays and confidentiality. Skills gap. Feedback loops – iterative process – transparency
  • Going Mobile

    1. 1. Going Mobile Julie UsherThe University of Northampton 16th Mar 2012
    2. 2. DriversWhy mobile? – Strategic planning and pedagogy – Marketing – Demand?
    3. 3. Anticipated challenges (pt 1)Why not? “not everyone has a smartphone” “not everyone can ‘do’ mobile learning”
    4. 4. Challenges or opportunities?1. Inclusion – Device provision? – Wireless campus – Mi-fi units
    5. 5. Challenges or opportunities?1. Accessibility – Choice – Personalisation – Control2. Usability and skills gaps – Training and support
    6. 6. What are the needs?Different audiences (students, staff, prospects)What’s possible?
    7. 7. Choosing a supplier• ‘Most of the people, most of the time’... Audiences, platforms and the pace of change• Creating learning opportunities• Works ‘out of the box’ and customisable• Cost
    8. 8. Anticipated challenges to openness (pt 2)Where’s the data?
    9. 9. Creating a ‘one stop shop’ Marketing LibraryWeb systemsteamandCIS LearnTech
    10. 10. Creating mobile learning opportunities• Putting Mobile Learn through its paces – Lots of in-house testing – Blackboard support resources – Getting help from external experts
    11. 11. Creating mobile learning opportunitiesWhat’s great about it? – Checking/adding announcements – Checking content (slides, docs, pdf, audio and video) – Discussion boards – Blogs and journals – Tasks
    12. 12. Creating mobile learning opportunities• What still needs work? – Contacts / Roster and email tools – Calendar tool – Text formatting (especially iOS) – Platform parity• What would we like to see in the future? – Push notifications – Integration with plug-ins – Assessment and grading
    13. 13. Creating mobile learning opportunities• Introducing Mobile Learn to staff – course design considerations – support resources – inspiration
    14. 14. Launch & promotionWelcome weekend (21st and 22nd September 2011)• Print marketing – Posters – Door hangers – Stands• Web promotion – University website – Blackboard – Facebook – Twitter
    15. 15. Is it working? Measuring adoptionAnalytics:1000 downloads of 2774 unique users of MobileiNorthampton one week after Learn (32.5% of downloads)launch8543 downloads to date Nearly 20,000 logins to date
    16. 16. Is it working? Feedback from users • Twitter Bloody good idea!Get the@UniNorthants (#iNorthampton)app immediately! • EmailDream!! • Blog @UniNorthants now • Spot surveys have their own app. • Focus groups Snazzy. • Pilots@UniNorthants has an app!! Am not tryna gas butThis is tres exciting! Im thank God for theactually having a physical Northampton appreaction I am that excited. because now I left myWill make life so much timetable at home, Ieasier! would have been lost.
    17. 17. Is it still working? 5 months later...• 85% of students rate Mobile Learn as ‘useful’ / ‘very useful’• Library, Directory and Timetables score over 70%• “it enables me to see students work as and when they produce it, even when they are off campus … and this means I can respond and comment instantly.” (Staff)• “Can access NILE when ever I need to and if I need to check something quickly I can do. Also comes in handy if can’t see properly in lectures as can bring them up on my phone.” (Student)
    18. 18. Top five tips• Identify needs (and decide which ones you can meet)• Bring together a project team with range of experience• Find a provider who can satisfy the immediate need and provide extensions for the future (SDKs)• The app stores are your friends (?)• Stay in the loop
    19. 19. Next Steps– Dissemination and case studies: what could a mobile VLE do for you?– Feedback and new iterations– Customisations (SDK)– Investigating support models
    20. 20. Questions?Contact details:Julie Usherjulie.usher@northampton.ac.uk@jules_u
    21. 21. References etc.Useful links•More about the iNorthampton project:http://www.northampton.ac.uk/mobile•Guidelines on accessibility for the mobile web:http://www.w3.org/Mobile/•TechDis on mobile learning: http://www.jisctechdis.ac.uk/techdis/investinyourself/freeresources/accessiblemobilelearning•Traxler, J. (2010) “Students and mobile devices.” ALT-J Research in LearningTechnology [online] 18.2, p149-160. Available from:http://www.researchinlearningtechnology.net/index.php/rlt/article/view/10759[Accessed 10th February 2012]•More info on JADU MyAPI (presentation by Steve Martin):http://speakerdeck.com/u/s2martin/p/inorthampton-and-jaduImage credits•Photography by Rob Farmer, University of Northampton•3d characters from http://www.canstockphoto.com/3pod