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Moodle for Mobile Learning

By : Mark Aberdour
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Moodle for Mobile Learning

By: Mark Aberdour

Overview of this book

Mobile devices have become ubiquitous and offer many new possibilities for learning. Moodle, when combined with a mobile device, opens up a new world of possibilities to teachers, instructors, and training professionals to develop their courses. The learning experience can be hugely improved by playing to the strengths of mobile devices, and Moodle for Mobile Learning helps you do just that."Moodle for Mobile Learning" is a practical, hands-on guide that provides you with ideas and step-by-step exercises that will help you leverage the features of mobile devices in your Moodle course designs. It also aims at providing you with hands-on knowledge in creating mlearning courses so that you can create your own effective mobile learning interactions.Looking at the underlying theory of mobile learning, "Moodle for Mobile Learning" aims to enable you to apply this to course design using Moodle. Organized into key sectors including schools, further and higher education, and workplace learning, this book will take you through a number of clear, practical recipes that will help you to take advantage of mobile technology in your Moodle course design.You will learn how to develop your mobile learning strategy and whether to use a mobile friendly Moodle theme or a Moodle mobile app to deliver your strategy. There are certain types of learning activities that are perfectly suited to mobile delivery. We look at delivering podcasts, engaging with social media, setting up photo, video and audio assignments, setting up eBook and App libraries, uploading audio assignment feedback, submitting reflective logs, using chat and messaging tools, using web conferencing and much more.Mobile devices already form the backbone of your learners' daily lives. If you want to use Moodle to bring those devices into the learning process, then this is the book for you.
Table of Contents (17 chapters)
Moodle for Mobile Learning
About the Author
About the Reviewers

Managing the backchannel

A backchannel is the social media presence that forms around a real-world event. If you attend technology conferences, you may sometimes see a hashtag promoting the event such as #mootie13 which was the hashtag for the Ireland Moodlemoot 2013. The community that forms during the event around this hashtag is known as the backchannel. These do not have to be unique to conferences though, and backchannels can form around short, one hour classroom events or web conferences. The backchannel provides an excellent opportunity to students to discuss the event while it is happening and engage in some networking.

Using Twitter backchannels

Role: Tutor

Time: 15 minutes and above

Device: Smartphone or Tablet

All you need to do here is communicate a hashtag to your students that is identifiable with your lecture. Put the hashtag in the footer of each slide if you are using a slide deck, or stick it on the wall somewhere visible. This will enable them to set up a hashtag search...