How can specific mobile apps support and enhance online courses? From LMS apps, organizational apps, and university apps to apps specifically design to support a unique course, explore the variety of ways mobile learning can enhance online learning.
This cross listed blog post shares links and resources for using mobile apps in three areas of online learning: Learning, Connection to the University, School or Organization, and Connection to the Instructor.
- Responsive design of your LMS
- LMS Mobile version:
- Teaching students tools to help them stay organized, for example:
- Group interaction supported by mobile apps such as:
- Twitter for reporting in activities for jogging class
- Poll everywhere for polling in class students and online students; can embed in your LMS content as well
- Practice apps such as:
- Quizlet to create your own practice for students or for students to create their own
- Apps that teach such as:
- Duolingo for languages
- 2 Minute English
- Real Business English
- Students creating projects on their phone
- Creating ads in a marketing class
- Sharing a video introduction of themselves
- Recording a skit on their cell phone
- iPadio: phone in and record audio up to 60 minutes
Connection to your University, School or Organization
- Most university apps have calendars, catalogs, news, etc. Some examples:
- iSheffield School of Aeronautics
- Hello App Camp from Drake University
- My ATSU Mobile
- Apps that help students live around campus:
- Bongo for bus schedule
- Park Mobile for campus parking
- University of Iowa Residence Hall Laundry app
- What about online learners? Should we have apps that do special things for online learners? Should there be a separate app for on campus students and a different one for online students?
- Athletics apps:
- Hawkeye Sports Gameday Live
- DU Bulldogs
- Do online learners feel connected to the sports teams of their institution?
Connection to the Instructor
- Videoconferencing apps such as:
- Texting students reminders:
- Deliver content via apps such as iTunes U, YouTube, etc.
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Author: Janine Lim, Associate Dean for Online Higher Education, Andrews University; Janine serves on the USDLA Board of Directors. Read more on her blog.