M-Learning 2.0… it starts here

13 07 2006

Although we’re still at the early stages of mobile phone based collaborative learning, I’ve just experienced the most promising sign to date that Mobile Learning is on its way to becoming integrated with Web 2.0. Winksite is a service that allows users to easily create highly functional mobile portals, with customised informational resources (“channels”), including a number of provided services:

  • Announcements: Post announcements to the portal – which can be syndicated elsewhere via full RSS support
  • Core: Post content pages – a place to put information to be made available as mobile content. Appears to only support text content at this time but can be syndicated via RSS
  • Agenda: A mobile calendar feature
  • Blog: A mobile, text-based blog that can be syndicated via RSS, and can also grab content from all major blog sites and products if your blog is maintained elsewhere
  • Journal: haven’t played with this yet… can be syndicated via RSS
  • Syndicated Feeds: Displays RSS feeds from any source
  • Syndicated Events: Displays RSS event feeds from any RSS event source
  • Field Reports: Allows all users to text-moblog entries to the portal
  • Notes: Creates notes which can be viewed publicly or set to private (admin only)
  • Chat: Interactive, mobile, real-time chat. Awesome. Chat rooms can be syndicated via RSS
  • Forum: Discussion board, can be set to allow users to add their own topics. Topics can be syndicated via RSS
  • Surveys: Results can be viewed in real time as people respond.
  • Zine: haven’t played with this yet…
  • Guestbook: Get user feedback on your portal!
  • Links: Best reserved only for other links that can also be viewed on a mobile device.

Testing the interface (using both my cell phone and the built-in previewer) made me completely confident that the portal performs very well on mobile devices. This is no clumsy work-around to extend Web 2.0 fuctionality to mobile devices, but a custom tool for supporting true information, collaboration – and learning – mobility. There’s even a function to have your portal’s details converted into all major 2D-Barcode formats (mCode, Semacode and QRCode, illustrated on the right).

With such fantastic functionality already in place in Winksite, it appears that specialist tools for mobile teaching and learning could be just around the corner: mobile assessment, gradebooks, and group tools.

If you’d like to try out some of the tools available in Winksite, I’ve just started building a mobile portal on Mobile Learning, for educators. It’s accessible through your normal web browser, or through your mobile device, at http://winksite.com/mlearning/teach. It’s already got quite a lot of functionality for you to try, and I’ll continue to update it regularly – so check back!

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3 responses

26 07 2006
Marcus Ragus

This has enormous potential Leonard, it is something that I have been watching closely for the last year. It has been growing in membership at an enormous rate and promises to be the next big trend in Web 2 must do’s, so I can just see all those wishing to be up there techno culture will add this to a growing list of personal blog’s, wiki’s, virtual spaces and other time consuming sites listed on the our letter heads and footers.

The problem now for the learning practitioner is not that there is nothing out there for learning in cyberspace but that there is choice overload.

Great ;o)

PS: excellent work in making this space happen, you have such energy, skill and are the first human to have managed to fit 48 hours into 24. keep it up if you can…:o)
Regards Marcus

27 07 2006
e-Learning Blog » Blog Archiv » m-Learning 2.0

[…] Die ersten Berichte wonach m-Learning und Web 2.0 zu verschmelzen beginnen, häufen sich. Als Beispiel sei dieser Bericht angeführt und der Hinweis auf eine Software (Winksite) die es erlaubt Portale zu erstellen, die mit mobilen Endgeräten genauso bedient werden können, wie von herkömmlichen Standard PCs. […]

14 08 2006
Mobile Learning » Immersive Situated Learning

[…] Semacodes are barcodes that can be read using a normal camera phone (equipped with the right decoding software-many available for free). I’ve been an enthusiastic proponent of the use of 2D-barcodes in education for quite a while (see my blog: here, here, here, here, and here). 2D-barcodes can be used to form a ubiquitous interface between the “real world” and data repositories on a user’s mobile device or the Internet. […]

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