We have looked at the role of mobile learning for a number of years, supporting learning and teaching both in and out of class. Whether you are looking for how to design learning resources for mobile devices, want to offer ‘Bring Your Own Device’ (BYOD) activities in class or support interaction at at distance, please contact us for support and guidance.
Mobile access to Yorkshare VLE sites
Yorkshare VLE has various associated mobile apps, allowing users to access course sites and content from their mobile devices.
Assessment via Mobile
Whilst the Blackboard app can be a quick and convenient way for students to check most types of VLE site content and tools such as Discussion Forums, we strongly advise against using mobile apps for any form of assessment activity, including but not limited to:
- Submitting assignments to standard or anonymised submission points
- Checking due dates/times or any other assessment details
- Posting to graded tools such as blogs, journals, wikis or discussion forums
- Retrieving grades or checking feedback
- Taking online tests (quizzes).
To learn more about this please refer to our “E-Assessment and the Blackboard App” blog post.
Bring Your Own Device is a trend in education that encourages students to use their personal mobile devices as part of a learning activity. Whilst this has obvious benefits for the range of resources and types of interactions that students are exposed to, the downside is that the range of devices is huge.
If you are thinking of using BYOD, it is worth polling your students first to find out what devices they own. For example, if you are intending to use an app that is only available for iPhone, but a proportion of your users have Android phones, you will need to think about alternative apps or equivalent learning opportunities.
Please feel free to contact firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance or if you would like to discuss a particular use case.
Guides for designing mobile-friendly VLE content
- Best Practices for developing Mobile-Friendly Courses.
- TEL Handbook Section 2.8: Designing for Mobile.