Well it’s taken a lot longer than I thought to get to this point, but finally our Mobile Learning initiative has been approved and funded!
After a lot of back-and-forth, tweaking and rewriting, budget adjustments and performing like a champion show jumper through the bureaucratic hoops our proposal made it through.
So whats the plan? Well the initiative is split into two phases focussing on four key areas.
In Phase One we plan on:
- mobilising specific features and tools from the learning management system,
- running trials of tablet devices,
- developing mobile friendly learning materials, and
- mobilising our subject evaluation tool.
- work on mobilising Sakai as a whole,
- continue the device trials and expand them to include eReaders and Smart Phones,
- continue to develop and explore mobile friendly digital resources, and
- finalise the subject evaluation tool.
In terms of timing Phase One is a ‘sprint’ for the next 12 or so months, aimed at getting stuck in and producing results that can help shape future developments. Phase Two will take us into 2013 and allow us to broaden the scope of investigation and prepare us for the big shift from print to digital.
The initiative will focus on mobile learning within the unique context of Charles Sturt University. Being the biggest distance education provider in Australia puts us in a pretty unique position, locally and globally. It also presents us with a unique and dispersed student population who present challenges that are very different from almost all other universities.
I’m really excited to get to this point! As the blog title suggest – we are on the road to mobility. I think we’re at the stage where we’ve planned the trip, packed the car, checked (and rechecked the oil and tyres), the tunes are set and the windows rolled down. We’re pulling out of the driveway and in a few short weeks we’ll have hit the highway!