Mobile Learning: Course Management Systems for Mobile Phones

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Stephanie Oprandi Steffanie Schenk Albert Ingram 16th Annual Sloan-C Conference


1. Mobile Learning: Course Management Systems for Mobile PhonesStephanie Oprandi, Steffanie Schenk, Albert Ingram 2. People and their PhonesThe number of mobile phone subscriptions worldwide has reached 4.6 billion and is expected to increase to five billion this year.Source: U.N. telecommunications agency, Feb 2010 3. Mobile devicesIn recent years, it has become common for mobile phones to contain web browsers ande-mail programs. 4. College Students and mobile DevicesA large percentage of college students carry a mobile device. 5. Why not make Course content accessible via Mobile devices?With increasing advances in mobile technology, it is feasible to create a course management system for mobile devices 6. What are course management systems?Course Management Systems tend to be comprehensive sets of functions and features that have demanded computing power (e.g. Java-based applications) and bandwidth. 7. Key featuresSome key features of course management systems are:CommunicationsReflectionsCollaboration"Content" DeliveryInteractions with material 8. CommunicationsOne of the most important functions of any CMS is to enable communications between students and instructors and among students. 9. ReflectionOne element of any good learning process is the ability of students to reflect on what they are doing, accomplishing, and learning. 10. CollaborationCollaborative group projects have become an increasingly important part of teaching in higher education, despite occasional (and sometimes frequent) student complaints. 11. CollaborationSpecific technologies that support collaboration include:WikisGoogle Docsfile sharing toolsWrideaWriteboardTwiddlaSpiceboardStixyReviewBasicsEditGridooVooPalbeeGroupTweet 12. "Content" DeliveryMost courses include the need to provide students with various forms of "content," the information and media that, we hope, students use to acquire new information that they can use in accomplishing the goals of the course. 13. Interactions with material:Students often need to interact directly with the material they are learning, not just view it (possibly) passively. 14. Blackboard mobileBlackboard now has a mobile platform. 15. Open source solutionsOpen source solutions are available:Plug-ins for MoodlePlug-ins for WordPress 16. MoodlePlug-ins for Moodle include, but are not limited to:MLE (Mobile Learning Engine)MOMO (Mobile Moodle Project) 17. MOMOLets take a look at MOMO first.MOMO is an add-on to MoodleTeachers can design courses with either several mobile elements or complete mobile learning scenarios using the tools and methodologies they know from within Moodle. 18. MOMOAdministrators install the necessary MOMO extension on their Moodle server which makes the compatible contents available for mobile usage. They can configure and maintain the system through the integrated administration interface all within Moodle. 19. MOMOMobile users install the MOMO client, a JAVA based application, on their mobile phones (or any other JAVA and Internet capable device).Through this client they can access courses wherever they are, which allows completely new scenarios. 20. MOMO 21. 22. MleMyMLE is a PC-program that allows you to create learning-content for your mobile phone. 23. What kind of learning content can I create with MyMLE?Flash-card trainer (file-card trainer) (eg: for vocabulary-learning)Import flashcards from CSV files (you can export MS Excel files to CSV) [feature of the editor]Use images, audio and video in your learning contentSingle choice questionsMultiple choice questionsFill-in questions (text or numbers)Order-question (order statements)Graphical markup question (mark certain regions within an images)The application solves the question immediatelyUse hints (tips) to lead the user to the correct answerPowerful point-system for the result evaluationImport text-content from HTML-files [feature of the editor]Create a learning-content once and use it on multiple, different phones 24. MLE 25. MLEOnce installed correctly in Moodle, you will see an MLE option under Modules. 26. MLEThere are several configuration options. 27. 28. MLEThere will be Mobile Learning Object, Mobile-Tag, and Flashcard-Trainer options added under the Activities menu. 29. 30. MLEUnder the Blocks menu, you should see:Online Users 31. Online Users (mobile) 32. Repository for mobile learning


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