Category Archives: Mobile Learning

Making ebooks more interactive: logistics and ethics

I had an interesting discussion yesterday with Phil Butcher, the Open University’s e-assessment guru.  He wanted to talk about whether we should invest in embedding our wide range of interactive question types in ebooks. Since the 1970s Open University course … Continue reading

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Are ebooks better than virtual learning environments?

Ok I’m not exactly comparing like with like here but I am very interested in the potential of ebooks as an alternative way of structuring learning experiences – particularly where there is a large amount of reading involved. With the … Continue reading

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First impressions of iBooks 2

I’ve finally managed to install iBooks 2 and the example book “Life on Earth”. This was a frustrating process that took two and a half hours of upgrades and downloads, requiring the right versions of iOS and iTunes with various … Continue reading

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Can technology significantly impact learning before it has been commoditised?

I’ve just had some interesting conversations at an event for new OU module chairs at Cranfield University after presenting on some of the possibilities of elearning for our students. One academic wondered how he could be expected to design courses … Continue reading

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Annotation – the missing element in iPad-based learning

I’ve been getting a bit obsessed recently about the importance of annotation functionality, as a number of my long-suffering colleagues will testify.  Here’s my logic: iPads and other ebook readers will increasingly replace paper Some learners, particularly children, will make … Continue reading

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Paperless chairing

This post is nothing to do with elearning but I thought I’d log my experience today of chairing my first meeting using just an iPad. For years I’ve taken a laptop along to meetings and increasingly I’m not the only … Continue reading

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Laptop, Smartphone and iPad – do learners need all three?

People have been blogging about the ipad and its potential for education ever since the thing was announced.  I got my hands on one last night and here are my first impressions. I have a laptop and I have an … Continue reading

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Educational apps or mobile-optimised websites?

The OU is working on a number of iPhone applications as well as optimising some of its websites for mobile delivery.  One example of an iPhone app is Devolve Me where you can see how you might have looked back … Continue reading

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Can I read an entire book on my iPhone (and enjoy it)?

Mobile learning has been promoted as a massive up and coming phenomenon now for so long that you could be forgiven for being cynical; uptake for educational purposes has been very slow. However the devices and applications are getting so … Continue reading

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Mobile futures

At the OU’s Learning, Teaching and Student Support Committee today Rhodri Thomas introduced a paper on a framework for mobile learning. It occurred to me that there are at least four scenarios for the use of mobile learning we need … Continue reading

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