Thursday, August 30, 2012

The Mobile Advantage

The benefit of mobile phones is that they are continuously with students. While these devices famously have a small display, they now have sufficiently large displays - in the case of smartphones - to communicate focussed information effectively.

A range of improved communication technologies, from 3G Internet connection, visual codes such as QR codes, contactless sensors such as RFID or NFC, and established technologies such as Bluetooth allow for the timely delivery of much richer information than in even the recent past. Some users even now use mobile devices as a preferred tool for opportunistic, short-term reading due to high portability of these devices. More pertinently, phones are typically used for simple note-taking and organisational tasks such as diary maintenance and time-keeping.

In this context, smartphones can provide focussed, specific information that is readily on hand. This benefit is doubly so if the content is retained on the phone itself, rather than online (and hence requiring a good quality WiFi or 3G internet connection).

In the MoPED project, we found that mobile phones have potential both as reference tools to support offsite access to online resources. More generally, this demonstrates the opportunity to use short, focussed information as a starting point for more intensive knowledge tasks on desktop and laptop PCs.

In addition, the combination of simple interactive public displays to announce the availability of mobile resources seems to be a potentially effective technique to promote the uptake of both mobile and internet information services that a university provides.

1 comment:

  1. great to view your blog george, i really like it and i am going to share with my friends, hope that they will like it....