This fall, faculty and students will no longer need access to a Blackboard institutional license to use Blackboard mobile applications–as long as they’re willing to shell out $5.99 for the software or pay an annual subscription fee of $1.99.
This September, Blackboard Mobile Learn for iOS and Android will be available for purchase by end users “without requiring an investment by their institution,” according to Blackboard, which made the announcement at the BbWorld 2012 event happening this week in New Orleans.
“We’ve seen a tremendous take-up of Blackboard Mobile Learn,” said Kayvon Beykpour, general manager of Blackboard Mobile, in a prepared statement. “But we wanted to implement a model that gave users the choice to use the application even if their school hasn’t subsidized it. We hope that providing users this new option will help more students and institutions expand access to mobile learning.”
Full Text: Blackboard Takes Mobile Apps to the End User — THE Journal.
As mobile learning programs become more ubiquitous, international attention is focusing on how different countries integrate mobile devices into formal schooling. Last month, United National Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) released a comprehensive report called UNESCO Working Paper Series on Mobile Learning on the state of mobile learning around the world.
The report breaks down usage and policies in different areas, including North America, and part of the research focuses on “Essential Conditions for Mobile Learning.” In this section of the report, researchers present five key conditions that must exist for a mobile learning initiative to succeed: visionary leadership and commitment, robust technology capacity, professional development, scalability, and policies that promote and support the initiative.
Read the excerpted from the report: What it Takes to Launch a Mobile Learning Program in Schools | MindShift.
When it comes to mobile learning myths and misconceptions abound. The mlearning domain is still new to many, so this confusion is to be expected.
These myths are holding back widespread adoption of mobile learning in the workplace.
Here is a list of the more common ones I come across.
Full Text: Top 7 Myths Of Mobile Learning | Upside Learning Blog.
Finally, anybody can create and teach mobile courses and learn online on the go. Create a course in 5 minutes and deliver to any device, any time, any where by allowing organizations to serve their employees, customers or students in the device of their choice.
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ASTD and i4cp’s Mobile Learning: Delivering Learning in a Connected World looks at the current landscape of mobile learning in a world in which the ubiquity of mobile devices seems to have created a perfect environment for delivering learning solutions to our workforce, where or when they need it. Mobile technology is changing the world and our experience of it. From an organizational perspective, mobile learning allows for a spectrum of possibilities that were not present before, and they continue to evolve before us. The findings of this Study indicate that companies with learning functions that help meet both learning and business goals tend to be higher market performers.
Download White Paper: LearnNow Mobile Whitepaper.
Aiham C. Korbage, MD, Harprit S. Bedi, MD
Department of Radiology, Tufts Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts
Journal of the American College of Radiology
Volume 9, Issue 6 , Pages 426-429, June 2012
The authors hypothesized that ownership of a mobile electronic device would result in more time spent learning radiology. Current trends in radiology residents’ studying habits, their use of electronic and printed radiology learning resources, and how much of the funds allotted to them are being used toward printed vs electronic education tools were assessed in this study.
A survey study was conducted among radiology residents across the United States from June 13 to July 5, 2011. Program directors listed in the Association of Program Directors in Radiology e-mail list server received an e-mail asking for residents to participate in an online survey. The questionnaire consisted of 12 questions and assessed the type of institution, the levels of training of the respondents, and book funds allocated to residents. It also assessed the residents’ study habits, access to portable devices, and use of printed and electronic radiology resources.
Radiology residents are adopters of new technologies, with 74% owning smart phones and 37% owning tablet devices. Respondents spend nearly an equal amount of time learning radiology from printed textbooks as they do from electronic resources. Eighty-one percent of respondents believe that they would spend more time learning radiology if provided with tablet devices.
There is considerable use of online and electronic resources and mobile devices among the current generation of radiology residents. Benefits, such as more study time, may be obtained by radiology programs that incorporate tablet devices into the education of their residents.
Full Text: Mobile Technology in Radiology Resident Education.
Blackboard has updated its mobile app to accommodate test taking and to deliver alerts to students when changes happen to their courses without the learning management system (LMS) app being opened. Version 3.0 of Blackboard Mobile Learn allows students to take tests through their devices. That includes a feature that enables the user to start a mobile-based test by “cutting” a red ribbon on a traditional exam blue book. He or she can flag a question for later review by tapping a corner of the screen to create a “dog ear” and eliminate multiple choice answer options from the list by swiping them.
The new features of the latest release are currently available only for Apple iOS and Google Android devices. The company said the previous version of the app will continue being supported on Blackberry and WebOS and it will “continue to evaluate viable platforms for future development based on usage and popularity.”
On the instructor side, the tests can be set up using a test authoring tool as quizzes to be done in class or as exercises for outside the classroom, during field trips or other activities. For example, a teacher could ask a student to submit a photograph from their device as part of an answer. Grades can be instantly entered into the Blackboard gradebook.
Full Text: Blackboard Adds Testing to Mobile Learning App — Campus Technology.
Cell phones are a terrific tool to support student engagement and achievement in reading and writing. To follow are some ideas explaining how teachers are doing just that by using cell phones in the way they are most commonly used among youth — for texting and group texting. We will also look at a newly emerging trend…using cell phones to write novels.
Our students are reading and writing more than ever. In the 21st century, this reading and writing often takes place through the lightening fast thumbs of teens. Although some parents and teachers complain that text messaging is ruining the language, research is showing that it is, in fact, a benefit to students phonemic awareness, spelling, and use of words (Yarmey, 2011; Plester & Wood, 2008, Malson & Tarica, 2011; Fresco, 2005; Dunnewind, 2003; Miners, 2009; McCarroll, 2005; Elder, 2009). When we rethink and revision what is happening when our teens and tweens text, all sorts of learning possibilities emerge.
[Great ideas of how to use texting in class, more suitable for secondary and tertiary students]
Full Text: The Innovative Educator: Using Cell Phones to Increase Student Achievement and Engagement with Reading and Writing.
For many organizations who want to dive into mobile learning, it’s not just about the desire to create and deliver mLearning for employees –it’s about how to do it and how to do it well. It is essential for organizations to explore their online e-Learning including motivations, needs, restraints and requirements for mobile delivery before the development process begins.
Explore these 28 mobile learning questions to equip yourself with the best strategy and e-Learning tools for successful mobile development and implementation:
Full Text: Before You Go Mobile: 28 Mobile Learning Questions to Ask.
When you are getting started with mobile learning one of the decision you’ll have to make is which device(s) to target. In a SWOT Analysis of Mobile Learning we posted earlier this week, we listed this as one of the weaknesses of mobile learning as it stands today. Fragmented market and no real common development platform make this a serious hindrance to mobile learning adoption.
Here’s a forecast from Gartner about how the smart phone market could look like in 2015.
Full Text: Developing Mobile Learning: Which Device Are You Targeting? | Upside Learning Blog.