Mobile, openness and badges: Challenges in developing an online study portal

Poster 21

Diana Taylor
Curtin University

Madelon Heperi
Curtin Univeristy

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A project entitled Global Perspectives was awarded a small grant for the development of an online study portal aimed at supporting students’ transition to studying science at university and throughout their first year of study. The main characteristics of this resource was for it to be open to anyone, be mobile compatible and allow for the achievement of badges. The authoring tool and hosting platform were considered integral to achieving these goals. After an evaluation of tools and platforms, the project team persevered despite unforeseen technological challenges. Through the adoption of an agile project management approach and creative programming, the challenges were overcome at the compromise of openness.

About the authors

Diana Taylor

Diana has worked within higher education since 2008 designing and facilitating professional learning for academic staff in the area of educational technologies and new pedagogies. She is experienced in project management, resource development and mentoring academics in becoming early adopters of innovative educational technologies through action research projects.

Madelon Heperi

Madelon has over 22 year’s experience in the field of multimedia, graphic design and web development, with the majority of these years spent in Higher Education focusing on learning media resources. Her projects include simulations, games, animations and interactive learning objects, which are SCORM (Sharable Content Object) compliant to integrate with the Learning Management System (LMS) Blackboard. Madelon is dedicated to developing resources that are scalable, sustainable, mobile friendly and most importantly engaging.