30 June 2012
The highly successful Student App Development Day held in Jurys Inn in Newcastle on 14-15 June 2012 resulted in six Apps developed around Elsevier book content. Further details of the process are available in an earlier blog.
Figure 1. Early stages: discussing the design of mobile interactive flashcard questionnaires with input from Elsevier and the Royal Veterinary College.
James Outterside (actually a member of Newcastle staff so here you have to imagine him without his false moustache and beard as he tried to hoodwink the judges into awarding him the prize) was up first with a mashup of a textbook (extracted from an ePub file) and a dictionary (extracted from an XML file).
Stephen Moulton (Newcastle University) volunteered to go next with his Windows based App based on FlashCards - the idea here was to provide an interactive interface to images allowing users to test their knowledge of anatomy. He provided an image with annotations and the answers below, with a text box to enter the answers in.
Alex Ghitulescu (University of Nottingham) followed with an Android interpretation of the same App based on FlashCards - the idea here was to provide an interactive interface to images allowing users to test their knowledge of anatomy. He used a drag and drop interface which would take some further work per image to map the valid areas, however it was a pretty cool interface.
Tuong Vu (presenting), Son Hoang and Viet Hoang (University of Nottingham) followed with a mashup of three books (well there were three of them!) with the same Dictionary from James' example above at the heart of an App allowing you to navigate from a term to further information (in this case from an Atlas) an then to the medicine associated with treating that part of the animal from a Formulary.
Jagdeep Nagpal (Newcastle University) had a generic tool allowed you to add any ePub book to your mobile/App library and navigate it using an interactive table of contents. New books could be simply dropped in to appear in the library. It was possible to annotate text by selecting it and typing a note, and selected sections and notes could be emailed to others.
Raúl Valencia-Tenorio (Newcastle University) volunteered to go last (as he was still fiddling with the software) with his iPhone App interpretation of the FlashCards - his interactive interface to images allowing users to test their knowledge of anatomy had a drag and drop feature. Raúl won the unofficial 'best presentation' award!
Related tags: OER, oer phase 3, presentation, prize, publishOER, students, ukoer
Posted by: Megan Quentin-Baxter