Mobile Learning Materials - UNISA Benchmarking Workshop


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This description of mostly-free LMS (VLE) environments, plus tips on ebooks, audio and video in teaching and learning in online and blended situations, was delivered for the benefit of University of South Africa delegates visiting University of Leicester 24 February 2014.

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Mobile Learning Materials - UNISA Benchmarking Workshop

  1. 1. Mobile Learning Materials Terese Bird Institute of Learning Innovation UNISA Benchmarking Meeting * 24 February, 2014
  2. 2. What will we talk about? • LMS / VLE • Text • Sound • Video • Interactive
  3. 3. Mobile-friendly LMS for interactivity (free ones) • Edmodo • Course Sites • iTunes U Course • Wordpressblogs • Facebook private group • Xerte - Nottingham • NOT free: a bespoke app
  4. 4. Criminology – one iPad per distance student
  5. 5. Special iTunes U Course – only iPads, iPhones, iPod Touch
  6. 6. South Africa can do iTunes U Courses Use Safari, Firefox, or Chrome
  7. 7. Special iTunes U Course – only iPads, iPhones, iPod Touch
  8. 8. Special iTunes U Course – only iPads, iPhones, iPod Touch
  9. 9. iTunes U • Distribute pdf, epub, mp3, and mp4 formats • Share with the world • Windows and Mac computers • Make iTunes U Course as an individual • iTunes U Course is private to your students • iTunes U course is iOS only
  10. 10. What format for content? Medium Positives Negatives Text •Speed •Pre-existing material •Flat •Does not communicate emotion Image •Much communicated in a single simple package •Can be misleading without context Sound •More communicated by voice than just words •Convenient for multitasking •Smaller file than video •Not seen as flashy as video? Video •Most info communicated •Great for demonstrating skills •Bulky and padded •Demands attention
  11. 11. Handy guide to ebooks File format What device positives negatives pdf Everything Runs on everything Does not flow so hard to read on small screens epub Everything but Kindle •Best for phones •Flows, takes advantage of the devices’s power •Open source, somewhat futureproof Cannot view on a computer unless install a reader (Calibre) mobi Kindle Kindle is big Kindle only .ibooks Apple iBooks only •Pretty& easy •iPad is market leader for now •Apple iBooks only •Notation a problem
  12. 12. Text (longer document) • If phones, use epub. May wish to also use .mobi • If tablets, use pdf • If BYOD, use both if you can
  13. 13. Calibre • Easy to do: – Take a Word doc – Save as html – Import into Calibre – Save as epub or mobi • Pdf to epub doesn’t really work • Also try
  14. 14. Take advantage of free iBooks Author
  15. 15. Other facts about ebooks • Embedded multimedia ebooks is iOS only for now • Android app for epubebooks: Aldiko • Kindle app on any device • If you have a production department, buy inDesign • If you are an individual producer, buy a Mac and get Pages
  16. 16. Picture books! • Just use simple pdf!!! • Brilliant results! • I tried everything else • Maps, drawings
  17. 17. Sound • Why sound? – Copyright is easier – recorded lectures – File size is smaller – Listeners can do something else at the same time – No bad hair days – staff like it! – Voice communicates more than the printed word – Excellent, easy way to close distance
  18. 18. How? • Audacity • Garageband • Window Sound Recorder • But please save as mp3 (wma and wav are dead) • And apps!!!...
  19. 19. Audioboo and SoundCloud • Like YouTube for sound • Record in browser • Attract comments in browser • Or simply upload • RSS out, iTunes out  it’s like magic • Can send these to Apple if you like • Limited length of recordings
  20. 20. Sound threaded discussions • WimbaVoiceboard • Voice Thread • Voxopop
  21. 21. Examples of use • Audio feedback – increased marks & retention • Voice discussions • Audioboo – Field use – listen to teacher’s description of a flower, student audio-records her own comments and findings • Student can record, using Audioboo for iPhone (don’t use iPad app yet)
  22. 22. Video • How many of you have made a YouTube video?
  23. 23. YouTube facts • 10 minute limit • Great to embed into LMS • Comments are a mixed blessing • Good statistics • Use branding • Not too easy to download the video • Good way to convert files to mp4
  24. 24. Vimeo • Longer video than YouTube • Much less junk • Pretty much just as easy to do • Downloadable
  25. 25. ScreenR
  26. 26. Other screencast options • Screencast-O-Matic – browser • CamStudio – free Windows application • Quicktime Pro – free on Macs, built into Mac operating system Not free: Camtasia, Captivate, Articulate – all very good and can include interactivity
  27. 27. Recorded lectures • Record the face or just the slides? • Streaming or download? • Automatic enterprise, or one-by-one? • Huge server space required, very expensive • Screen capture software: QuickTime, Camtasia, iShowU • Just do a narrated Powerpoint, screen capture change to mp4
  28. 28. Editing movies – keep it simple • iMovie – free with Mac – saves as .mov, .mp4 • Windows MovieMaker – but doesn’t save as mp4 • Only go to Final Cut Express if you have to! – Bleeped out sounds – Fuzzed out faces – A cut-out logo floating over the image
  29. 29. Easy interactive • ‘Clever’ Powerpoint with internal links, save as pdf – for an example, try this: • Prezi • Slideshareslidecast – example: onolelearndesign
  30. 30. Thank you!!! • - Willing to help! • These slides are on Slideshare: • • (Make an account and log in, to download slides)