|My iPad showing Bb Mobile Learn - CC BY|
I've been wondering if we should we be considering the same thing when we 'design' our modules in VLEs? I know the term 'design' doesn't often spring to mind when academics consider uploading powerpoint files, etc, but perhaps we should start to consciously think of them in this way; as something that needs designing...
Take the server data from UoL as an example. Last year I shared some of the server stats, and it's grown even further this year:
- Unique users over the last 12 month period have jumped to from 16,277 (taken 5/13) to 26,811 (taken 1/14) - of course we don't know how many people have multiple devices e.g. iPhone & iPad;
- Peak days are reaching around 126,000 logins per day;
- Access is still largely during the week and throughout the working day. This very well may suggest students are logging on whilst they're at Uni - accessing resources whilst in (or between) classes.
This is where simple learning analytics comes in to play. If we know students are accessing the VLE from mobile devices, shouldn't we at least give them content that they can easily access? I think this responsibility lies partially in Blackboard's hands, but largely in those of module leaders.
Thankfully, Mobile Learn has improved over the years in its rendering of Microsoft office files (ppt/word) and its mobile quizzes, but there is still lots of areas it could improve - accessing 'contacts' still opens up in a browser despite it being a fairly basic Bb tool; and learning modules (something we used to rely heavily on at Edge Hill) are not so mobile-friendly.
I would love to hear how other people are consciously designing their modules to be mobile friendly.
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