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Mobile devices and open education: Match made in heaven or shotgun wedding?


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This presentation was part of a webinar for Open Education Week 2013, with the title: New global education trends: policy, learning design, mobile.

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Mobile devices and open education: Match made in heaven or shotgun wedding?

  1. 1. Mobile devices and open education: Match made in heaven or shotgun wedding? Terese Bird Learning Technologist and SCORE Research Fellow Institute of Learning Innovation University of
  2. 2. What will we talk about today?• Mobile use generally & in education• Is open educational movement mobile-friendly? (anecdote about a meeting to look at oer – first was flash-based, chair of meeting was looking via iPad – not good)• My survey – MOOCs• The global mobile situation• Conclusions
  3. 3. Global growth of mobile Marketing Charts data 2013
  4. 4. Horizon report 2012 (New Media Consortium 2012)Within 12 months these will becomemainstream in education:• Mobile apps – Pervasive internet connection – GPS• Tablet PCs – Less disruptive than phones – More mobile than laptops – Good for long readings Photo by Ed Yourdon on Flickr
  5. 5. Mobile use in education (UoL snapshot)• 15% of UoL first year medical student own an iPad… rising to 35% of UoL third year medical students own an iPad (Winter 2013 data)• Over 7000 unique downloads of Blackboard Mobile from October 2012 through Feb 2013 without being required to• Many distance learning courses choosing and considering mobile as e-reader and other learning purposes
  6. 6. Is the open education movement mobile?• MIT Open Courseware – pdf and video• iTunes U – yes but Apple-weighted• Flash clash• Online v offline Photo by Steve Rhodes on Flickr
  7. 7. JISC OER projects encourage
  8. 8. Are MOOCing students using mobiledevices?SurveyMonkey - via Twitter 1 week - Coursera - N=12
  9. 9. If you had trouble, briefly describe:“I tried to access Coursera on my BlackBerry, but it wont play ball. Phonessoftware and memory capabilities are main culprits. Would likely work on amore recent smartphone, but still sad not to have a mobile option availableto me at present. ““All I really used the phone for, was to pick up my results today, while I wasout and about. Whilst I got the "You may not be able to access this with yourwebbrowser". (Using Sony phone with Android - not sure which release), Icould get to the assessment page. Havent tried viewing videos etc. It wouldbe great if the Coursera site was optimised for mobile.:“All materials accessed through tablet browser but would think that in thisday and age they wouldve created a specific app for that that would makethe forums more accessible and easier to navigate. ““Flash” (Apple mobile)“I’ve dropped out of MOOCs because I could not access the content frommy iPhone or iPad”
  10. 10. The global mobile situation• Growth of smartphones in African nations• Growth of Apple in China• iPads and other tablets in Turkey• Apple infrastructure No African unis in iTunes U iBooks Author free but… iTunes U good for offline
  11. 11. Apple is courting education but• Developing world?• Is it open if few can afford it? Photo by Brett Jordan on Flickr Photo by BasiliskSam on Flickr
  12. 12. Conclusions• Develop open materials and platforms for mobile• Develop for offline use where possible• Small filesizes• Communication between communities
  13. 13. References• Marketing Chart Staff. (2013). Mobile Share of Web Traffic Jumped in Q4 2012. Marketing Charts Website. Retrieved march 11,2013, from obile-share-of-web-traffic-jumped-in-q4-2012- 26057/• New Media Consortium. (2012). Horizon Report > 2012 Higher Education Edition.