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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.
Universities applying mobile apps
Library Items on this Topic
EDUCAUSE Library Items for Mobile Apps
- FTC Issues New Report on Mobile Privacy Disclosures
February 5, 2013
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released a report on February 1, 2013 that says it wants — but is not mandating — makers of mobile operating systems, app developers, and advertisers to…
- Developing Mobile Apps to Meet the Needs of Faculty in Teaching and Research
March 17, 2014
A session at the EDUCAUSE Connect: Chicago
Bring your experience and questions to contribute to a "think tank" discussion on meeting the mobile app needs of faculty in both their teaching and in their research. OUTCOMES:…
- Classroom and Instructional Technology
December 18, 2012
This CDS Spotlight focuses on survey results related to classroom technology . Creating effective learning environments in higher education classrooms with technology poses an ongoing challe…
- 7 Things You Should Know About Group Texting
December 12, 2012
Group texting is an easy means of sending one brief missive to many people by means of cell phone text messaging . Instructors create a group, or “cell,” for each class or learning tea…
- Strategic Campus Mobile Apps Development from Top-Down to Student-Up
May 1, 2014
A session at the EDUCAUSE Connect: Baltimore
Mobile apps are becoming pervasive on campus. Challenges include investing in native apps because of confusion over the variety of mobile devices available, limited technical resources, and reluc…
- Finding the Right One: Mobile Technology in Higher Education
November 1, 2012
Key Takeaways Given students' close connections with their mobile apps , finding the right app involves a search process rather like finding the right person for a rewardin…
- Student Preferences for Mobile App Usage
September 25, 2012
Mobile learning is increasingly an integral part of higher education, and colleges and universities developing mobile learning apps generally face the decision to pursue either device-neutr…
- ECAR Study of Undergraduate Students and Information Technology, 2012
September 17, 2012
Key Findings See the 2012 report for a full list key messages, findings, and supporting data. Blended-learning environments are the norm; students say that these environments best suppor…
- 7 Things You Should Know About Application Development Tools
September 6, 2012
A new class of application development tools allows nontechnical users to build mobile apps quickly and easily. With these tools, users choose from an available set of templates and menus…
- Privacy and Data Management on Mobile Devices
September 6, 2012
A new survey by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project found that more than half of mobile application users have uninstalled or avoided certain apps due to concerns abo…