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Scaling Rich Digital Learning Experiences

Phil Ice (American Public University System, USA)
Karan Powell (American Public University System, USA)
Melissa Layne (American Public University System & Editor-in-Chief, Internet Learning, USA)
Bill Bain (American Public University System, USA)
Session Information
October 15, 2015 - 10:15am
Technology and Emerging Learning Environments
Major Emphasis of Presentation: 
Practical Application
Institutional Level: 
Multiple Levels
Audience Level: 
Session Type: 
Information Session
Oceanic 1
Session Duration: 
45 Minutes
Concurrent Session 6

This presentation illustrates how institutions cancreate innovative, interactive mobile experiences through the development of enterprise deployments.

Extended Abstract

Achieving rich mobile at scale is a problem confronting all institutions involved in distance education. This presentation illustrates how institutions can move well beyond the traditional tools available to them and create innovative, interactive mobile experiences through the development of enterprise deployments. Though this solution requires significant back-end work, it allows faculty and instructional designers to develop mobile solutions with little more than drag and drop functionality.

For instructional designers and faculty who are inclined to create interactive content that can be consumed across a variety of devices, especially mobile, the availability of suitable technologies proves problematic. Many educational technologies have a tendency to be overly simplistic and lack robustness found in their commercial counterparts. However, despite the simplicity of these tools, when interacting with technology faculty tend to revert to novice status. For institutions that want to develop robust learning experiences, that leverage the rapidly expanding mobile market, these factors are highly problematic. Serving over 120,000 online students, these factors created a major dilemma for American Public University System. In response, the University developed an enterprise level solution that allowed faculty and designers to create high impact, interactive course apps through a process with a very low learning curve. This presentation will focus on methods for leveraging the institutional CMS, in conjunction with the Digital Publishing suite to create high quality, aesthetically rich course applications, with fully integrated analytics. The discussion will include technical specifications, design considerations, deployment strategies and analytics integration.

As described above, the focus of this presentation will be on describing and elaborating on the highly scalable mobile solution adopted by APUS. This will include discussion that is appropriate for IT staff, designers, developers, faculty and analytics personnel. This will be accomplished by conducting a live build and publish scenario with post hoc analysis of outcomes from deployments.