Equity in classroom, Consistency in the learning experience: Mobile Meeting 3

As you are aware I have been looking at screen sharing apps. Have you had a chance to try out teamviewer yourself?

What did you think?

I don’t seem to be able to use it on the DIT network which I suppose isn’t unexpected due to security considerations.
I could use it when I set up a hotspot though and at home. If you are going to use it, it would mean doing so with your own laptop rather than DIT computers at the lecterns.  So the question is how much do you need to screen share? Can you use alternative ways to facilitate what you wanted to share? Peharps pre-prepared videos?

Equity

Equity in the classroom is the concept that all students are given the same resources, conditions for learning, opportunities.
When implementing any technology in the classroom and mobile in particular, it is important to consider how this might affect the learning for ALL of your students. In other words, does it create a disadvantage for some? Will everyone have access to mobile devices? And if they don’t, what provision have you made for them? Does your teaching allow for non-smart phone users to quickly get up to speed with using the devices? If you are only using androids…what about iphone users and vice-versa? You can probably think of other ways in which to ensure you provide a level playing field (as far as is possible) for all your students.

Consistency in the Mobile learning experience.

Ensuring a consistent learning experience for your students is important. For example, if you are getting them to do learning activities with their devices, it makes sense to ensure they can access mobile friendly version of resources such as your notes.

Have you considered how to incorporate the use of mobile in general in your module? Are you thinking about how to ensure that your notes are mobile friendly? Once you introduce mobile as to tool for learning, it is important to be aware that it could  become part of more learning than you anticipated.  To start off, ensure that your actual content-notes, etc are mobile friendly.

What types of resources or content do you have? word docs/powerpoint/animations…?? There are various tools to create mobile friendly content but before we look at those, let have a look at  Bblearn  – the mobile app for webcourses (Blackboard).

See notes below.

DIT Blackboard Mobile

Blackboard mobile makes it possible for student and staff to use Webcourses from their mobile devices.

(App available for iOS®, Android™, BlackBerry®, and webOS® smartphones)

1.       First download from the appropriate appstore for your device.
2.       Open the app and search for the Dublin Institute of Technology
3.       Enter your usual credentials in the log on screen:
4.       Tap “courses” to see your modules. (If you are using a tablet, tilting it will also expand the screen to show courses)
5.       From the list of modules(the post-its) select the module of interest.

From within the module…

Lecturers can:

  • Add content
  • Create Announcements
  • Participate on discussion boards
  • View blogs/journals and add comments
  • Upload files from phone (also from drop box folder)
  • Access any mobile friendly content such as word, pdf, power point, etc.

**You can only create mobile compatible tests from the desktop interface, but your students can take the test via the mobile app.

Students can:

  • View Announcements
  • Take mobile compatible tests
  • Participate on discussion boards
  • Check grades
  • View and update blogs and journals
  • Upload files
  • Access any mobile friendly content such as word, pdf, power point, etc.

More on Features: http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Mobile/Products/Mobile-Learn/Features.aspx

You can also view Mobile Demos here: http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Mobile/Resources/Demos.aspx

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2 comments

  1. The blackboard mobile application appears limited for the lecturer as some of the admin functions are missing. It is a good tool to allow review and comtemplation. Also it allows the lecturer to review notes to insure that they are mobile friendly.

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