I was fortunate enough to get to participate in Austin Peay’s Innovative Professor Conference earlier this week in Clarksville, Tennessee. This was my first trip to conference and first time visiting the APSU campus – both were absolutely amazing! I had a wonderful time getting to meet both new and old friends, talk about various methods of creating content for iOS devices, and discuss the importance of mobile devices and the future of education.

I will be writing some longer posts over the next few days with some additional materials from my talks at the conference, but I wanted to go ahead and get the presentation slides posted in case anyone was looking for them!

Creating Content for iOS Devices

This session discussed several different ways of creating content for Apple mobile devices – from HTML and CSS to native application development using Objective-C. I used the development of the D2L Instructor Quick Reference app as a basis for discussing the pros and cons of each method.

I ended up giving this presentation a couple of different times during the conference, but both sessions were relatively similar.

Remixing the Future of Education

My  lunch talk focused on the rise of mobile devices, why they matter, and how they will change the way we teach and learn. The first part of the talk discussed mobile statistics and suggested that mobile devices are the first truly “personal computers” in the history of computing. The second part of the talk discussed several methods of remixing existing content to be more “mobile friendly.”

Please feel free to leave any questions, suggestions, etc. in the comments area below. Feel free to check back in the next few days for more links and source code from both of those presentations.

Posted by Brandon Ballentine

My name is Brandon and I'm an iOS developer and instructional technology consultant based in Los Angeles, California.

  1. I am wondering when a d2l app like this may be available to students to use? Yes it is better to have the time to sit at home on your computer or laptop and do your school work but, as hectic as we all know it can be, it would be nice to be able to at least check on your school stuff via an app. Going mobile (non app) can take some time depending on your service or phone, and the convenience could help many students keep up. I have research and found there are some d2l applications for other schools so I’m wondering if this will be the beginning of APSU jumping on board?
    Thanks for your time,
    APSU student Jparkin@my.apsu.edu


    1. Hi Julie. Thanks for your comment! I actually work at a different community college in Tennessee, so I don’t know APSU’s plans for a native D2L app. Creating an app like you’re describing would probably take more time than I current have available, but you may be excited to see some of D2L’s own products announced at their annual user’s conference. You can see a video here – http://www.desire2learn.com/resources/announcements/2012/fusion/highlights-and-announcements-from-fusion-2012/

      The Binder app sounds a lot like what you would like to see at APSU. BTW, I would be happy to consider developing a student version of my D2L Quick Reference app if you think something like that would be helpful. The app would be mostly focused on tutorials and tips for using the system.


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