OK, so I’m not as enthusiastic as some others regarding mobile learning.
I mean I just don’t see the average student on a bus, or person driving home(!) learning very much. The kids of the bus prefer to play games, or use Facebook. What exactly mobile learning might be in a few years time is certainly up for debate.
However, there are certainly aspects of mobile technology that can help us. For example, if my Assignment is grades, there is nothing wrong with receiving a notification on my phone – in much the same way as a weather update, or a news item.
This is because of the new push notifications – allowing Moodle to push messages out to users, just like so many other apps we are used to. Nice
I’ve previously regarded the Moodle Mobile app as a bit limited, and a bit clunky to use. But the latest release has improved greatly. As someone who uses multiple Moodle sites, it’s now easy to add these and login and logout easily – a big improvement.
Moodle Mobile is now:
- It is secure
- It can work offline
- It makes some Moodle operations faster and more convenient
- It will support notifications on all platforms (coming soon)
- It can be branded by any Moodle site easily using CSS
- It can be customised and expanded by an institution (the code is open source)
Moodle Mobile is available on the Apple App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/nz/app/moodle-mobile/id633359593?mt=8
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