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Mobile Content Toolkit: Overview

This resource kit is intended to provide information on how to design and produce electronic learning resources that will be compatible with a range of devices including mobile devices.

Such devices currently include desktop PCs, laptops, tablets and smartphones. In the future this may also include wearable devices such as Google Glass and smart watches.

Considerations when producing content that is compatible with mobile devices include:

  • content should display well on all screen sizes

  • content should display well on all screen orientations

  • media and file types that are supported across all browsers/platforms should be used wherever possible

  • potential for limited bandwidth, limited connectivity and limited battery life should be taken into consideration

  • provision should be made for differing interaction methods (e.g. touchscreen)

  • file sizes should be reduced where possible

Mobile devices can offer additional functionality that may not be present in desktop PCs such as geolocation, vibration, photography, etc.

Resource Kit

 This resource kit is split into three sections:

  1. Tools
  2. Content Types
  3. Standards, Methodologies and Practices

eLearning Strategy: Mobile Learning

"The University recognises that an increasing number of staff and students access the VLE and teaching and learning materials using mobile devices, and that such use is unlikely to diminish. In particular, as Wifi coverage across the campus increases, the use of mobile technology for the delivery and use of teaching and learning will become greater. The University therefore commits to ensuring that, wherever practical, online resources are available in a form that is compatible to mobile devices. Moreover, the University commits to developing resources specifically to take advantage of the ease of use and functionally of mobile device in learning."

(University of Manchester eLearning Strategy, April 2012)