Enabling students to pick up their learning materials on any app or device from the exact point that they last used them.
Students are increasingly using a range of smart devices and digital operating systems to support their learning. This means that moving between using the physical (notebooks, textbooks, etc.) and digital (smartphone, laptop, tablet, smart speaker, etc.) is becoming a more common occurrence than before, although students will still require the same elements to be present and accessible (learning content, notes, revision, access, etc.)
The implication here is that there is an increasing amount of time being spent preparing for study because with a variety of devices now being used there is an inevitable period of setup time that is spent getting ready for study, whether at home, the office, or on the move. This preparation time eats into valuable study time and is a limiting factor on a student's ability to study flexibly and decreases the available study windows / pockets of time.
The purpose of the seamless learning experiment is to establish where we can make minor improvements to the student experience that add up to big gains in available study time when moving between devices. By investigating how we can better support continuity between devices and operating systems to make content available more quickly, we aim to provide recommendations on how to adjust the production and delivery of learning content.
This could involve a variety of factors, including:
The core purpose is to establish how we can better support students by:
We have currently delayed work on this experiment in order to support efforts being made across the University to support students given the recent situation around COVID-19.
The Smart Tech project was born out of the need to understand more fully the potential benefits of smart device usage on student success and to assess whether there are changes that we can make to the production and delivery of learning materials to assist in this aim.Discover more about the project