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Charles Sturt University's Mobile Learning Project


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A bit of a break…

There’s been a considerable break since the last blog post and with a new year I decided to dust off the blog, update the look and start posting again!

2012: A Year in Review

2012 was a big year for the project – which is the most notable and credible reason for the lack of blog posts. We took a lot on in those 12 months and most of we did was completely new to the team – new ways of seeing, doing, reacting, working, communicating and in the end succeeding (most of the time). Lets have a look at some of those things:

  • 3 student iPad trials with 60+ students spread across 4 campuses and studying via distance education.This was spread across 3 different discipline areas -IT, medical imaging and education. 
  • Trials through the library and loaning devices, particularly to students on practicum.
  • A range of trials for teaching including; apps in Nursing for simulation,  demonstrating mathematics and across the science disciplines – community health, medical imaging and environmental science.
  • Trials of iPads with accessibility and writing students were conducted and the iPod Touch was trialled for the development of digital media.
  • There was continuos development of a web application for  CSU subject outline access which is being developed to run across multiple platforms and devices. It has been developed to leverage existing systems to create a new user optimised access point.
  • Extensive exploration of mobile develop and delivery of content was conducted.
  • Training and documentation was developed throughout the year.
  • There was extensive engagement in the development of a new ICT and mobile strategies for the university.

The range, depth and breadth of effort required to complete this body of work has stopped us from actually documenting and promoting it. It’s resulted in a long silence, not because nothing is happening – but too much.

2013: The Year Ahead

So in 2013 we want to rectify the silence – not to fill it with noise – but to start the dialogue. We plan to open up our development process, share our thoughts and ideas. This blog will be integral to that – but it may also be superseded by something else as there are some significant plans for 2013:

  1. Device Trials – Continuation of the device trials to provide real world examples, feedback and data.

    Benefit:
    The trials to date have already provided an authentic experience of mobile learning practice in a variety of discipline areas and with different student cohorts. The pilots provide a clear way to experiement, develop and test mobile technology in our current environment.
  2. Development and delivery of mobile content – Investigation into the development and delivery of content to mobile platforms using a future proof system that can redeploy and transform content across a number of publishing points – apps, ebooks and online.

    Benefit:
    Native apps provide another channel for students to learn and interact with their current devices. This capitalises on the ubiquity of mobile technology and in a sense takes the learning to them. A Single Source Publishing system will allow CSU resources to be reused and transformed across a range of platforms, applications and contexts. This will allow content to be more portable and provide a flexible solution for students. This work can demonstrate a tangible solution for disparate learning resources currently given to students online, in modules and print. A Single Source Publishing system can simplify workflow and reduce development and publishing turnaround time.
  3. Central CSU Mobile Resource – Development and dissemination of information to the CSU community relating to mobile technology through a central online resource.

    Benefits:
    The resource developed will assist in answering some of the questions being asked around the impact and implications on the learning and teaching aspects on CSU Students, Staff, IT Infrastructure and Systems, Divisions and Suport Staff, Sustainability, Access in the Regions, and Pedagogy. The resource will also assist in answering a number of larger questions around the cost/benefits for the deployment of mobile devices, the available provisioning modes available for staff and students and the issues and risks involved with mobile technology.

So stay tuned! Feel free ask questions or contact the team at anytime.