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Mobile, Moodle and the OU Anthony Forth Learning and Teaching Solutions
In 2010… <ul><li>6000 iPhone users </li></ul><ul><li>High level recognition of importance of mobile  devices </li></ul><ul...
<ul><li>Course page </li></ul><ul><li>Resources </li></ul><ul><li>Forum </li></ul><ul><li>News </li></ul><ul><li>Structure...
Mobile Application <ul><li>Shell app for Open University </li></ul><ul><li>Provide access to content packages </li></ul><u...
Mobile 2011 <ul><li>Over 13000 mobile users </li></ul><ul><li>OU migrating to Moodle 2.0 </li></ul><ul><li>558 students us...
Survey Results <ul><li>558 students using the current mobile interface surveyed at the end of 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>Surve...
How often do you use mobile Moodle? <ul><li>50% more than once a week </li></ul><ul><li>25% weekly </li></ul><ul><li>25% l...
When do you use mobile Moodle? <ul><li>65% dead time (queuing / waiting) </li></ul><ul><li>62.5% travelling </li></ul><ul>...
What do you use mobile Moodle for? <ul><li>76% course news </li></ul><ul><li>72% reading forums </li></ul><ul><li>64% stud...
Which do you prefer? <ul><li>32% switch depending on task </li></ul><ul><li>26% mobile </li></ul><ul><li>25% don’t know / ...
Rating Mobile   Very Poor Poor OK Good Very Good Total Ease of use 0.7% 3 1.6% 7 22.7% 97 46.0% 197 29.0% 124 100% 428 Des...
New Design <ul><li>Focus on what users say they use (news, forums) </li></ul><ul><li>Easier to navigate – new planner scre...
 
 
Changes to Moodle <ul><li>Submission to the Moodle community </li></ul><ul><li>Device / browser type detection (mobile, ta...
So what happened to the OU Moodle app…? <ul><li>OU student survey gave support for a combination of of mobile (4/5) and eb...
So what happened to the OU Moodle app…? <ul><li>Maintenance overhead (development for multiple platforms) </li></ul><ul><l...
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OU, Mobile and Moodle

  1. 1. Mobile, Moodle and the OU Anthony Forth Learning and Teaching Solutions
  2. 2. In 2010… <ul><li>6000 iPhone users </li></ul><ul><li>High level recognition of importance of mobile devices </li></ul><ul><li>Mobile interface </li></ul><ul><li>Mobile application for Android and iPhone </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Course page </li></ul><ul><li>Resources </li></ul><ul><li>Forum </li></ul><ul><li>News </li></ul><ul><li>Structured content </li></ul><ul><li>Wiki </li></ul><ul><li>Blog </li></ul>Mobile Interface
  4. 4. Mobile Application <ul><li>Shell app for Open University </li></ul><ul><li>Provide access to content packages </li></ul><ul><li>Application content packages used offline or online </li></ul>
  5. 5. Mobile 2011 <ul><li>Over 13000 mobile users </li></ul><ul><li>OU migrating to Moodle 2.0 </li></ul><ul><li>558 students using the current mobile interface surveyed at the end of 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>60% Apple iPhone or iPod 20% Android 7.5% Blackberry 4.5% Symbian 2.5% Windows </li></ul>
  6. 6. Survey Results <ul><li>558 students using the current mobile interface surveyed at the end of 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>Survey undertaken online when Moodle is accessed. </li></ul>
  7. 7. How often do you use mobile Moodle? <ul><li>50% more than once a week </li></ul><ul><li>25% weekly </li></ul><ul><li>25% less frequently (fortnightly, monthly) </li></ul>
  8. 8. When do you use mobile Moodle? <ul><li>65% dead time (queuing / waiting) </li></ul><ul><li>62.5% travelling </li></ul><ul><li>60.6% communal areas at home (not using desk or study) </li></ul><ul><li>41% coffee shop, restaurant, et c. </li></ul>
  9. 9. What do you use mobile Moodle for? <ul><li>76% course news </li></ul><ul><li>72% reading forums </li></ul><ul><li>64% study planner </li></ul><ul><li>49% resources </li></ul><ul><li>48% online course materials </li></ul><ul><li>42% posting to forums </li></ul><ul><li>8% wikis </li></ul><ul><li>6% blogs </li></ul>
  10. 10. Which do you prefer? <ul><li>32% switch depending on task </li></ul><ul><li>26% mobile </li></ul><ul><li>25% don’t know / not tried switching </li></ul><ul><li>17% desktop </li></ul><ul><li>9% mobile display to limiting </li></ul>
  11. 11. Rating Mobile   Very Poor Poor OK Good Very Good Total Ease of use 0.7% 3 1.6% 7 22.7% 97 46.0% 197 29.0% 124 100% 428 Design 0.5% 2 3.8% 16 26.7% 113 45.4% 192 23.6% 100 100% 423 Navigation 0.2% 1 4.0% 17 27.0% 114 45.4% 192 23.4% 99 100% 423 Range of functionality 0.5% 2 4.0% 17 34.6% 146 43.4% 183 17.5% 74 100% 422 Performance 0.7% 3 2.1% 9 25.1% 106 43.7% 185 28.4% 120 100% 423
  12. 12. New Design <ul><li>Focus on what users say they use (news, forums) </li></ul><ul><li>Easier to navigate – new planner screen and tabs </li></ul><ul><li>Cleaner </li></ul><ul><li>As complete as possible (includes more course material and Quiz) </li></ul>
  13. 15. Changes to Moodle <ul><li>Submission to the Moodle community </li></ul><ul><li>Device / browser type detection (mobile, tablet, default, legacy) </li></ul><ul><li>Use regular expressions to create your own type </li></ul><ul><li>Theme selection – specify a theme for the device type or use the default </li></ul><ul><li>Switch themes </li></ul>
  14. 16. So what happened to the OU Moodle app…? <ul><li>OU student survey gave support for a combination of of mobile (4/5) and ebooks (3/5) </li></ul><ul><li>OU has a mechanism for eBooks plus iTunesU, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>15% not using apps </li></ul><ul><li>50% do not want multiple apps. OU app overload? </li></ul>
  15. 17. So what happened to the OU Moodle app…? <ul><li>Maintenance overhead (development for multiple platforms) </li></ul><ul><li>Low usage base for any platform in any given course </li></ul><ul><li>HTML5 can replace some functionality given time (camera, voice recording) </li></ul><ul><li>However, there is still some interest in a news and forum app, so maybe… </li></ul>
  16. 18. Strategic Development Learning and Teaching Solutions The Open University Walton Hall Milton Keynes MK7 6AA [email_address] /

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