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The day is coming when users will be able to access the full range of enterprise-wide resources and conduct all enterprise transactions from a smartphone or other mobile device, and institutions need to plan now for this transition. Portals, security, reporting environments, and other structures need to be in place to make the mobile environment reliable, accessible, available, scalable, and secure. Explore this resource site—a collection of all EDUCAUSE resources related to mobile application development.
Articles, Papers, and Reports
- An Introduction to BYOE Mobile Data Collection, April 2014. Mobile data collection is the practice of gathering data in the field via a personal mobile device. This paper serves as an introduction to the four main types of MDC—passive, public, crowdsourced, and private—highlighted with exploratory use cases that demonstrate how learning, research, and community engagement can leverage this new technology space.
- ECAR Study of Undergraduate Students and Information Technology, 2013, September 2013. This year's findings are distilled into four broad themes to help educators and higher education institutions better understand how students experience technology on their respective campuses and the ways in which new, better, or more technology can impact students’ relationship with information technology.
- Developing a Campus Mobile Strategy: Guidelines, Tools, and Best Practices, January 2013. This guide from the ACTI Mobile Web Frameworks Working Group helps walk you through the steps of: Making the Case for Mobility, Thinking Through a Mobility Strategy, Developing Institutional Mobility Goals, and Developing Your Campus Mobile Initiative.
- The Campus Data Guidebook is a document created by schools and students who came up with best practices for extracting institutional data for mobile application use.
- 7 Things You Should Know About Mobile App Development, EDUCAUSE, April 2011. The mobile landscape fundamentally changes the role institutional IT plays in app development, and policies and culture will determine how the growing, fluid ecosystem of mobile apps works together (or does not), which ones will be institutionally supported (centrally or otherwise), and how much integration is feasible.
- Mobile Enterprise Integration: Four Perspectives - Webinar Audio, EDUCAUSE, April 2011.
- Mobile Perspectives: On Websites—Mobile Matters: Communication Trumps Technology. EDUCAUSE Review, March/April 2011. "Mobile is the future for content delivery. Colleges and universities need to establish a strategy now and make the decisions necessary to take advantage of this communication opportunity."
- Mobile Perspectives: On Devices—Mobile: Letting Go of the Device and Building for Innovation. EDUCAUSE Review, March/April 2011.
- Mobile Ramblings, EDUCAUSE Quarterly, March 2011. The author discusses ways people are using App Inventor for Android.
- 7 Things You Should Know About Android. ELI 7 Things, December 2010. Android has been selected by many hardware manufacturers to run on a wide range of devices, including cell phones, tablets, e-readers, netbooks, and others. Android may bring smartphone and tablet functionality to a much wider cross-section of students and faculty members.
- Universities and Libraries Move to the Mobile Web. EDUCAUSE Quarterly, June 2010.
Presentations and Seminars
- Responsive Web Design. EDUCAUSE Annual Conference, October 2013. As students, faculty, and staff increasingly access campus information through mobile devices, the need to ensure that the desired information and services are easily and effectively accessed grows.
- Mobile Enterprise Integration at Bucknell and the University of Mississippi. EDUCAUSE Live!, This EDUCAUSE webinar was part of the 5 day Sprint o Mobile Computing held April 27, 2011.
- Spotlight on Mobile Computing: Stories of Mobile Learning. EDUCAUSE Live!, January 2011. The University of Maryland is in its third year of a mobility initiative that has encompassed everything from student recruitment to app development to class projects. This session details the experiences of faculty and students when using mobile devices for teaching and learning. Specific focus is given to “Digital Cultures and Creativity” and “Information 3.0,” two dynamic programs that incorporate the iPad and iPod touch with other technologies to engage students in learning.
- Expert Discussion Session: Mobile Applications and Device Support: Are Your Applications Mobile Ready? EDUCAUSE Annual Conference, October 2010. This session recording discusses whether schools are support-ready for student mobile devices. Which applications should become mobile-ready? Are there plans in place to rapidly deploy mobile-ready applications? What challenges do mobile devices create for protecting sensitive institutional information?
- Student iPhone App. Development and Institutional IT: The Story So Far. ELI, March 2010. In fall 2009, staff from the University Of Florida Office of Academic Technology stumbled upon an undergraduate student developing an iPhone application he called UF Mobile. This application had a small number of features based on publicly available information such as a campus map, campus RSS news feeds, student-life activities, and the UF academic calendar. Upon consideration, we realized we wanted to both encourage the student while bringing him “into the fold” to protect institutional interests and leverage the creativity and work being done to benefit the university.
Mobile Application Development at Universities
- Creating a Mobile Community of App Developers. EDUCAUSE Quarterly, March 2011. The University of Michigan mobile team developed a strategy to create a widespread community of mobile developers and leverage the power of crowdsourcing.
- Loyola University Chicago: There’s an App for That. EDUCAUSE Quarterly, March 2011. Loyola University Chicago deployed a single mobile application, which serves as the foundation on which it can expand mobile learning and mobile campus capabilities.
- Going Mobile with a Web-Based Strategy. EDUCAUSE Quarterly, March 2011. This article discusses UCLA's assessment of the mobile strategic approaches in the fall of 2009 and the university's subsequent decision to focus on the creation of a mobile web strategy around a new homegrown Mobile Web Framework, UCLA MWF.
- Creating Tools for the Mobile Campus. EDUCAUSE Annual Conference, October 2010. This session recording discusses how the North Carolina State University Libraries mobile site offers a model for providing engaging, targeted services to students' mobile devices. This session offers suggestions for planning, developing, and implementing a mobile strategy, including applications and web-based services.
- MOCA: It's Not Just Chocolate Anymore. ELI, March 2010. This focus session recording describes how the Division of Instructional Innovation and Assessment at the University of Texas at Austin developed multiple mobile courseware applications over the past year. The first was the creation of the Mobile Ongoing Course Assessment (MOCA) application, a real-time, interactive polling application for use in the classroom. Built by leveraging the infrastructure of an existing survey system, MOCA was optimized for mobile interfaces.
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