Mobile VLE – a student survey is currently being reviewed by our SRPP team, and will hopefully be targetted initially at exisiting users of StudentHome mobile and our mobile learners to help shape the priorities for design work from summer onwards. The plan then is to get wider feedback on sample designs, possibly with student usability trials. Development work is already underway to ensure that VLE users on devices can interact better with text-based tools.
eBooks – after an initial technical review (report available soon), the formats selected for further development of transformational code are Mobipocket and ePub open eBook format, which provide for best portability across format, best extensibility for a variety of uses and are the most closely based on standards.
Audio eAssessment – initial work by the L120 Intermediate French team with our contractors Learnosity has yielded an effective voice response system for students to engage with speaking and listening activities using their phones. Mobile phone review of a structured conversation is also possible, currently beyond the capabilities of equivalent DVD-ROM approaches and further work will be undertaken to ensure that a separate student review web interface can be accessed on devices. Initial work for an iPhone, then Google Phone app is expected to follow. Further discussions will then take place on the wider coordination of ‘Audiovisual eAssessment’ activities.
Mobile course learning design and staff development – plans are also underway to initiate cross-faculty work in considering what elements of course delivery are most suitable for mobile learners, and how much content can be specifically tailored in a small number of pilot courses to be nominated by faculty members of the Learning Innovation Steering Group. Further work is also expected in the Education and Professional Development area in the next academic year, which I will update on when confirmed.