The new VLE Mobile Learn app is now available for iOS and Android devices. The release of version 4.0 sees a complete redesign of the interface bringing a consistent look and feel across devices.
Blackboard have advised that the Blackberry app will still work for basic access to the VLE. However, it is no longer being developed and users will not get the same rich content experience as iOS and Android users.
While introducing several new features, many useful features available in the previous version no longer exist, and there are several issues affecting usability. We have responded to the vendor with robust feedback voicing our concerns over these changes.
Current Mobile Learn users are advised against updating to the latest version at this time.
Comments are welcome, however if you need help or advice please contact the ISS helpdesk on tel (0113) 343 3333, via the online contact form, or email@example.com.
There is a new release of the Mobile Learn app for iOS users. The 3.1.4 version of the app fixes:
– an issue with displaying large Microsoft Office and PDF files
– an issue with playing MP4 and MOV files
– an issue preventing users enrolled in multiple groups from accessing their groups
– issues with tests and attachments
When you update the app you will need to select your favourites again.
Comments are welcome, however if you need help or advice please contact the ISS helpdesk on tel (0113) 343 3333, or firstname.lastname@example.org
Use the test student tool to see your module as a student would. Read how to create a test student at: http://www.leeds.ac.uk/vle/staff/guides/teststudent.htm
Once you’ve created your test student, get the relevant mobile app and log on with your test student details. If you’ve already got the app and logged in with your normal account, you may need to log out first.
Remember to log out of the mobile learn app as soon as you’re finished and log back in with your normal account to avoid confusion/get the correct Mobile Learn notifications.
Mobile Learn gives students easy access to formative tests if the test is compatible with Mobile Learn. Since we implemented Mobile Learn there’s a Mobile Compatible Test tool which you can use to build new tests. However, tests built with the standard Blackboard test tool might work too – it just depends on what types of questions are included and which settings are on the test. To find out which tests on your module are mobile compatible:
- Go to your module on the VLE
- Go to the Control Panel > Module Tools > Mobile Compatible Test List
Tips for mobile tests:
- Mobile Learn should only be used for formative tests – the chances of losing work on a mobile connection are high
- Set the test to have unlimited attempts – this will save you having to clear attempts if students have issues
- Near the test include a link to the student guide on how to take a mobile test
2200 staff and students have used Mobile Learn to access the VLE in it’s first week at Leeds. Find out more at http://goo.gl/ov9mz
#LeedsGoesMobile – The VLE app ‘Mobile Learn’ can now be downloaded. For further details please visit http://goo.gl/ov9mz
Find out more by visiting our Mobile Learn website: http://www.leeds.ac.uk/vle/mobile/
We’ll post information on how to get the apps free of charge when Mobile Learn goes live.
What is Mobile Learn?
Mobile Learn is a downloadable application which gives students a way to access their VLE modules on a smartphone or tablet device. Mobile learn is built for Apple iOS devices, Android and Blackberry.
Can Mobile Learn replace the VLE on the desktop for students?
No, think complement, not replace. Mobile Learn offers a rich media experience and supports many kinds of content and even interactive tools, but it is not intended to offer the same full featured environment as a web browser on a desktop. Students will complement their use of the VLE on the web with access via mobile.
Do I have to redesign my modules for mobile?
Not necessarily. There are ways to make your content more mobile friendly but this won’t stop students accessing much of your content. But if you want to target students using mobile devices there are ways to make the experience better for them. There are some hints and tips in our Building a mobile friendly module guide.
Get ready for Mobile Learn, January 2013
When working on your desktop there are various ways to upload files. However, not all are mobile friendly.
Files added though the Visual Text Box Editor (VTBE) are not accessible using the Mobile Learn app:
To give students the option to easily download files on their mobile device, use the Browse My Computer option under the VTBE or use the Add File option instead of Add Item. See how here:
Watch this blog for more information about Mobile Learn.
Coming January 2013
Staff can create mobile compatible tests which students can take using the Mobile Learn app on iOS and Android devices.
See an example mobile compatible test on the iPhone.
See our guide on how to create a mobile compatible test: http://www.leeds.ac.uk/vle/mobile/mobiletests/index.htm