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Published on Aug 13, 2014
The Online Course Showcase event co-hosted by JIBC and VCC and sponsored by the Metro Vancouver Educational Developers Network took place November 30, 2011. The purpose of the event was to bring together post-secondary institutions in the Lower Mainland area of British Columbia to showcase their “best” online courses. The showcase presentations focused on the following design themes or categories: 1. Accessibility 2. Mobile learning 3. Online courses in post-secondary and beyond
This video contains two Accessibility-themed sessions. In the first, Jason Shaw from Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) presented on Mobile Moodle. VCH created a system called Moodle New Physician Orientation (http://learndev.vch.ca). This course was developed to be accessible via a mobile device. This includes tabs that open up side blocks, online quizzes, and all of the Moodle activities/resources. The aspects of this can be easily implemented on other Moodle sites. None of the customizations will make the instance of Moodle upgradeable. The interface is based on an iPhone interface with custom icons based on traditional Moodle activities/resources. The interface also changes when the screen becomes compact, adapting to the ipad, iphone, or Blackberry. Video media can be inserted via a HTML5 manner, but a filter actually swaps out that code and determines the player based on devicmp4 video that plays on any device.
In the second session, Paul Hibbitts from SFU presented on “Anytime, Anywhere: Mobile Companion for Face-to-Face Course.” For the Fall term of CMPT-36 User Interface Design at SFU, user experience consultant and instructor Paul wanted to explore how to best provide his students mobile access to an extensive collection of learning resources that were tightly coupled with his face-to-face classes.
Paul pursued a “Mobile First” strategy, creating initial designs for viewing the website on mobile devices but with the same content base and tools that would be available when viewed on a desktop browser. He also evaluated a variety of Content Management Systems (CMS), choosing WordPress along with the Headway Framework to help streamline the design and development of the desktop presentation of the website. The WordPress Plugin WPtouch Pro, along with various customizations, were an essential component to enhance mobile viewing of the course website content. For further details, explore the Mobile Companion case study at http://www.paulhibbitts.com/mobile-le...