How Top Universities Are Driving Student Engagement Through Mobile Devices

 

 

 

Aaron Wasserman

 

 

Need to know how to engage students with your mobile strategy? Join Aaron Wasserman of Blackboard Mobile in one of the Friday plenary sessions at ONLINE EDUCA BERLIN 2010, where he will focus on leading universities working on the edge of the mobile revolution and addressing the expectations that today’s students have. Aaron will highlight how a variety of universities all over the world are using mobile technologies to drive student engagement, enrolment and retention, getting better results from teaching and learning. Is he qualified to talk about this? We think so! As one of the Managing Partners of Terriblyclever Design the students (graduated 2010) who worked with Stanford University to build iStanford, a set of iPhone applications to support campus life, Aaron was instrumental in the creation of the iPhone and mobile Web applications for education that now form the basis of Blackboard’s new solution Blackboard Mobile.

Want to know more about Blackboard Mobile™? Now part of the Blackboard family of solutions, Blackboard Mobile™ Central is an independent student service-oriented platform, which takes the experience that students have with their institution beyond teaching and learning. With Mobile™ Central, institutions can give all their constituents, including students, faculty and prospective students, a view of the full ‘branded experience’ with features that allow people to access the online course catalogue, locate their position on campus with GPS, search for buildings by name or address, check news, events calendars and real time sports scores, customize course videos, or find students and staff in the school directory. This mobile strategy is already helping institutions deliver essential information, drive engagement, and gain a competitive advantage.

Blackboard Mobile™ Learn extends the Blackboard Learn™ platform for clients running Release 8, 9 or higher, giving students and instructors access to all of the content available in the Web interface, with the added ability to access documents in multiple formats, post announcements, create discussion threads and comment on blogs and journals. It is available now on a number of mobile devices including Android, BlackBerry® phones, iPhone OS-powered devices and will come out later this year on Symbian and Palm®.

During ONLINE EDUCA BERLIN 2010 Aaron and the team from Blackboard will be on hand to demonstrate the power of Blackboard Mobile™ Central and Blackboard Mobile™ Learn on the Blackboard booth (# B56). Get hands on and see for yourself how you can bring your institution and learning resources to students on the devices they love.

Blackboard has not been idle since bringing Mobile to its solutions family; recent additions to its portfolio have included Elluminate and Wimba, who have joined forces to create Blackboard Collaborate™. This brings instant messaging to the flagship Blackboard Learn™ platform and advanced virtual classroom technology that allows education institutions to hold synchronous live courses over the Web, including audio, video, white board and social learning capabilities. Not only will you be able to test out these new features with live demos and theatre style presentations; you can also talk to those people who know the product best at on Blackboard’s second booth.

At ONLINE EDUCA BERLIN 2010, Aaron Wasserman will speak in the plenary session on Friday, December 3, 2010 – 09:30 – 11:00.

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