Session Descriptions: Mobile

We were pleased to see some good entries for the Mobile category, which will most likely kick off the day.  Here are the three presentation descriptions for Mobile.

Tablets in the Fire Service, Jerome Rodriguez, JIBC

Tablets have been historically viewed as toys or fancy cell phones by first response agencies. This presentation will showcase how tablets and applications are being used in the fire service not only to teach and train, but also to save lives, enhance fire ground and inspection capabilities, track equipment and monitor supply levels, training records, incident reports, and team member availability.

In a recent course development project, JIBC course designers took key features out of the course, made them freely available /publicly downloadable outside of the LMS as standalone tools via a digital object repository.  A year later, we will explore how the portal has assisted learners, practitioners and organizations and how the use and development of mobile tools can sustain learning, enhance professional development and support public service through operational usage.

Anytime, Anywhere: Mobile Companion for Face-to-Face Course, Paul Hibbitts, SFU

What would be the challenges in creating a mobile-friendly course companion website using an “off the shelf” Content Management System? For the Fall term of CMPT-363 User Interface Design, user experience consultant and instructor Paul Hibbitts 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

In this presentation, Paul will share some of the key lessons he learned along the way, ranging from his viewpoint on numerous user experience design challenges to specific feedback he received from his students.

Mobile Moodle, Jason  Shaw, VCH

System: Moodle New Physician Orientation.

The course was developed from day 1 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.

  • Course format, Interface is based off an iPhone interface. With custom icons based off tradition Moodle activities/resources.
  • Moodle Theme, The interface changes when the screen becomes compact, for example ipad, iphone, or BB.
  • Moodle Media Filter, Video is inserted in a HTML5 manner, but a filter actually swaps out that code and determines the player based on device.
  • mp4 video that plays on any device.
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