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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
  • - BYOD model, but also loan devices, campus wireless and portable wifi hotspots -Traxler’s paper on student devices - Accesibility – alternatives/adjustments Google search for ‘university provide ipads’
  • 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
  • User group – 22 definites, plus 13 investigating. International mailing list What’s great about it? Push notifications Checking/adding announcements Checking content (slides, docs, pdf, audio and video) Discussion boards Blogs and journals Tasks Mobile tests 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? Integration with plug-ins More assessment and grading options
  • 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: 9248? iOS, 2177 Android, 2246 Blackberry = 13,671 total (Oct 2012)
  • - informal feedback - focus groups (incl URB@N) - mobile learning pilots 85% of students rate Mobile Learn as ‘useful’ / ‘very useful’ Library, Directory and Timetables score over 70%
  • 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 – The University of Northampton approach to supportingmobile access to the VLE and other key systems Rob Howe The University of Northampton Nov 2012
    2. 2. DriversWhy mobile? – Strategic planning and pedagogy – Marketing – Demand?
    3. 3. Challenges or opportunities?Why not?1.Inclusion (device andconnectivity)2.Accessibility (choice,personalisation, control)3.Usability and trainingSee the Learntech blog for more on this
    4. 4. What are the needs?Different audiences (students, staff, prospects)What’s possible?
    5. 5. Choosing a supplier• In-house or external? Major updates to Apple and Android Mobile OS, Jan 2010 – Mar 2012 Add in Blackberry and Mobile Web versions to this…
    6. 6. 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
    7. 7. Creating a one-stop shop CIS (Timetabling) Marketing Course info Mobile web page Jpg files Flickr YoutubeWeb Library Staff directoryteam Systems Talis integration Events listings LearnTech News feeds Blackboard Learn
    8. 8. Creating mobile learning opportunities• Putting Mobile Learn through its paces – Lots of in-house testing – Blackboard support resources – Getting help from external experts
    9. 9. Creating mobile learning opportunities• Introducing Mobile Learn to staff – course design considerations – support resources – inspiration / case studies: http://bit.ly/uonmobileart
    10. 10. Launch & promotionWelcome weekend (21st and 22nd September 2011)• Print marketing – Posters – Door hangers – Stands• Web promotion – University website – Blackboard – Facebook – Twitter
    11. 11. Is it working? Measuring adoptionAnalytics:1000 downloads of iNorthampton 3178 unique users of Mobileone week after launch Learn (≈32.5% of downloads)Around 14,000 downloads to date Over 22,700 logins to date
    12. 12. Is it working? Feedback from users Being able to post Being able to postvia a mobile means via a mobile means • Twitter Bloody good idea! Bloody good idea!work in progress canwork in progress can (#iNorthampton) be recorded in situ be recorded in situ • Email and shared and shared • Blog spontaneously. spontaneously. @UniNorthants now @UniNorthants now • Spot surveys have their own app. have their own app. • Focus groups Snazzy. Snazzy. • Pilots Can access NILE when ever Can access NILE when ever II need to and if II need to need to and if need to Am not tryna gas but Am not tryna gas but check something quickly II check something quickly thank God for the thank God for the can do. Also comes in handy can do. Also comes in handy Northampton app Northampton app if can’t see properly in if can’t see properly in because now II left my because now left my lectures as can bring them lectures as can bring them timetable at home, II timetable at home, up on my phone. up on my phone. would have been lost. would have been lost.
    13. 13. Recent Student Update (Oct 2012)• Based on 295 responses from new students during induction October 2012.• 82% own a smartphone (4% are planning to get one this year).• 35% had used the app within the first 3 weeks of starting. (31% of these students indicated that it influenced their choice of University !) – more (and earlier) promotion needed ?• Timetables, Maps and access to the VLE were the most popular elements at this stage.
    14. 14. Top five tips1. Identify needs (and decide which ones you can meet)2. Bring together a project team with range of experience3. Find a provider who can satisfy the immediate need and provide extensions for the future (SDKs)4. The app stores are your friends (?)5. Stay in the loop
    15. 15. Questions?Contact details:Rob HoweRob.Howe@northampton.ac.uk01604 892483
    16. 16. 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 With thanks to Julie Usher (Solutions Engineer, Bb Mobile) for original work on this presentation