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Jisc RSC Eastern VLE forum Nov 2012 'Going mobile'


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“Going Mobile – The University of Northampton approach to supporting mobile access to the VLE and other key systems”

Presenter: Rob Howe

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Jisc RSC Eastern VLE forum Nov 2012 'Going mobile'

  1. 1. Going Mobile – The University of Northampton approach to supporting mobile access to the VLE and other key systems Rob Howe The University of Northampton Nov 2012
  2. 2. Drivers Why mobile? – Strategic planning and pedagogy – Marketing – Demand?
  3. 3. Challenges or opportunities? Why not? 1.Inclusion (device and connectivity) 2.Accessibility (choice, personalisation, control) 3.Usability and training See 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) Course info Web team Mobile web page Jpg files Marketing Flickr Youtube Library Systems Staff directory 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:
  10. 10. Launch & promotion Welcome 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 adoption Analytics: 1000 downloads of iNorthampton one week after launch 3178 unique users of Mobile 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 post via a mobile means via a mobile means work in progress can work in progress can be recorded in situ be recorded in situ and shared and shared spontaneously. spontaneously. • Twitter (#iNorthampton) • Email • Blog • Spot surveys • Focus groups • 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 check something quickly II check something quickly can do. Also comes in handy can do. Also comes in handy if can’t see properly in if can’t see properly in lectures as can bring them lectures as can bring them up on my phone. up on my phone. Bloody good idea! Bloody good idea! @UniNorthants now @UniNorthants now have their own app. have their own app. Snazzy. Snazzy. Am not tryna gas but Am not tryna gas but thank God for the thank God for the Northampton app Northampton app because now II left my because now left my timetable at home, II timetable at home, 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 tips 1. Identify needs (and decide which ones you can meet) 2. Bring together a project team with range of experience 3. 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 Howe 01604 892483 Access the presentation:
  16. 16. References etc. Useful links •More about the iNorthampton project: •Guidelines on accessibility for the mobile web: •TechDis on mobile learning: ning •Traxler, J. (2010) “Students and mobile devices.” ALT-J Research in Learning Technology [online] 18.2, p149-160. Available from: [Accessed 10th February 2012] •More info on JADU MyAPI (presentation by Steve Martin): Image credits •Photography by Rob Farmer, University of Northampton •3d characters from With thanks to Julie Usher (Solutions Engineer, Bb Mobile) for original work on this presentation