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 Phones
    Stephanie Oprandi, Steffanie Schenk, Albert Ingram

2. People and their Phones
The 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 devices
In recent years, it has become common for mobile phones to contain web browsers ande-mail programs.
4. College Students and mobile Devices
A 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 features
Some key features of course management systems are:
"Content" Delivery
Interactions with material
8. Communications
One of the most important functions of any CMS is to enable communications between students and instructors and among students.
One element of any good learning process is the ability of students to reflect on what they are doing, accomplishing, and learning.
10. Collaboration
Collaborative group projects have become an increasingly important part of teaching in higher education, despite occasional (and sometimes frequent) student complaints.
11. Collaboration
Specific technologies that support collaboration include:
Google Docs
file sharing tools
12. "Content" Delivery

Most 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 mobile
Blackboard now has a mobile platform.
15. Open source solutions
Open source solutions are available:
Plug-ins for Moodle
Plug-ins for WordPress
16. Moodle
Plug-ins for Moodle include, but are not limited to:
MLE (Mobile Learning Engine)
MOMO (Mobile Moodle Project)
17. MOMO
Lets take a look at MOMO first.
MOMO is an add-on to Moodle
Teachers can design courses with either several mobile elements or complete mobile learning scenarios using the tools and methodologies they know from within Moodle.
18. MOMO
Administrators 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. MOMO
Mobile 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. Mle
MyMLE 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 content
Single choice questions
Multiple choice questions
Fill-in questions (text or numbers)
Order-question (order statements)
Graphical markup question (mark certain regions within an images)
The application solves the question immediately
Use hints (tips) to lead the user to the correct answer
Powerful point-system for the result evaluation
Import text-content from HTML-files [feature of the editor]
Create a learning-content once and use it on multiple, different phones
24. MLE
25. MLE
Once installed correctly in Moodle, you will see an MLE option under Modules.
26. MLE
There are several configuration options.
27. 28. MLE
There will be Mobile Learning Object, Mobile-Tag, and Flashcard-Trainer options added under the Activities menu.
29. 30. MLE
Under the Blocks menu, you should see:

  • Online Users

31. Online Users (mobile) 32. Repository for mobile learning