The next M-Tech group meeting will be taking place on Thursday 22nd July, from 14:00 to 16:00 in Digilab, OU Library (ground floor).
What are the characteristics of mobile apps and mobile-optimised websites?
As Smartphone ownership and mobile internet browsing increase, we are likely to see growing expectation that Open University websites of all types - teaching, marketing, Student Services, etc. - will be accessible on mobile devices. Come along and join in a discussion to determine the differences and similarities in the characteristics of apps for mobile phones and mobile-optimised websites. As an outcome of this session we hope to develop a criteria framework to help us decide when to develop something as an app and when to develop it as a mobile-optimised website. Niall Sclater, Director of Learning Innovation, has already given this question some consideration in a blog post
earlier this year.
We hope to follow this with another session later in the year in which we will explore this topic in greater depth and try to answer the question "What sort of apps or mobile websites would it be worthwhile for the university to be making, and what would they look like?"
As always the session will include an opportunity for everyone to share updates on any work they have been doing around mobile devices.