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1 Mobile Access to Course Management Systems Learning-on-the-Go PDA How m-Learning is enhancing education

2 Learning-on-the-Go PDA Learning-on-the-Go: How m-Learning is Enhancing Education Even as online courses continue to permeate the curricula of many institutions of higher education, distance learning students continue to encounter many barriers to accessing education.

3 Learning-on-the-Go PDA “Learning on the Learner’s Time”  becoming increasingly important  escalating demands on schedules  accessing course resources more challenging

4 Learning-on-the-Go PDA m-Learning: Improved Access  Technology tools in higher education are becoming increasingly mobile  Through m-Learning, students may gain unprecedented access to many of the tools necessary to pursue education, regardless of location or time of day

5 Learning-on-the-Go PDA Variety of m-Learning possibilities…  audible texts and MP3s  e-textbooks and encyclopedias  other innovative formats such as simulations, streaming video  clinical data collection  access to Course Management Systems

6 Learning-on-the-Go PDA m-Learning: PDAs The handheld personal digital assistant (PDA) is one m-Learning tool that is increasing in use:  Portable  Versatile  Relatively low cost ($200)  Provides on-demand access to education resources

7 Learning-on-the-Go PDA m-Learning: PDAS  Many colleges and universities have incorporated PDAs into their teaching, curriculum and student resources…  Text messaging  Pod-casting  Data collection

8 Learning-on-the-Go PDA Educational Applications of PDAs Learning-on-the-Go ® :  Adult students taking courses online or on Saturdays  “idle time” while commuting, during lunch breaks, at the airport, deployed and other situations without computer access  Learning-on-the-Go ® began with audio study guides available in the MP3 format  PDA pilot project started Sept. 2004; focused on military

9 Learning-on-the-Go PDA Educational Applications of PDAs Learning-on-the-Go Pilot Project:  Started with a limited number of military students  Graduate and undergraduate programs  PDA given at no charge  Students from nearly all branches of the military located in Iraq, Afghanistan, Kosovo, and more

10 Learning-on-the-Go PDA Educational Applications of PDAs Course materials via PDA…  provide students access to course materials contained in Blackboard, our course management system  Students have access to course syllabus, course materials, asynchronous discussion, etc.  Interactivity is achieved by enabling students to read and write to the discussion board offline. Postings appear each time student syncs PDA

11 Learning-on-the-Go PDA

12 Connecting the PDA to CMS ColdFusion Web Server AvantGo Server Blackboard Web Server

13 Learning-on-the-Go PDA Technical Applications of PDAs - Considerations  Used BB Building Block API to “connect” Blackboard (course and user) to the new discussion board  Seamless to students and faculty  Can read but cannot write discussion messages

14 Learning-on-the-Go PDA Technical Applications of PDAs - Considerations Used ColdFusion to build a mail client that re-routes outgoing mail through our ColdFusion server (i.e. it appears to DU mail server as if a local machine is sending it)

15 Learning-on-the-Go PDA Technical Applications of PDAs - Considerations Learning-on-the-Go 2.0 uses ColdFusion to “read” the content of a Word document housed in the CMS and transfers it to the PDA as a text document

16 Learning-on-the-Go PDA Cost  $60 per AvantGo concurrent user license + $15/year maintenance fee  $220 per PDA (provided to students free of charge if they take 18 credits with the University) Other costs covered by existing resources:  Blackboard, Oracle and Coldfusion  In-house programming  “Recycled” server for AvantGo

17 Learning-on-the-Go PDA Educational Applications of PDAs - Considerations Lessons learned in the pilot project.  The PDA is a tool – a good supplemental device for those servicemembers/students who do not have frequent access to a computer  Flexibility is mandatory  Ziploc bags are great for protecting PDAs!

18 Learning-on-the-Go PDA Future Trends in m-Learning Students will continue to demand flexibility for education that meet not only their educational but access needs. Exploring opportunities to incorporate audible texts and MP3s, streaming video, simulations, e-textbooks and other resources that lend themselves to the mobile learner.

19 Learning-on-the-Go PDA Future Directions for Learning-on-the-Go  Now in version 2.0  Continuing to improve the learning environment  Simulations, virtual reality programs  SLPA will expand the PDA option to a wider student population

20 Learning-on-the-Go PDA Learning-on-the-Go: How m-Learning is Enhancing Education “The Learning-on-the-Go project reinforces the types of change impacts we can anticipate on the infrastructure elements of faculty training, help desk support, and enterprise system modifications.” Judith V. Boettcher - consultant specializing in distance learning and the applications of new media

21 Learning-on-the-Go PDA Learning-on-the-Go: How m-Learning is Enhancing Education  Dr. Dorothy Bassett, Interim Dean Duquesne University, School of Leadership  Karen Mangis, Coordinator, Online Programs Duquesne University SLPA  Boris Vilic, Director of Technology, Duquesne University SLPA


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