Client: Department of Criminology at the University of Leicester
Challenge: to allow workers to study security and development in the midst of conflict-affected countries. UoL designed a course specifically to meet the needs of international development workers deployed in post-conflict countries or those looking to work in this area. The course is delivered on line and via the SCID iPad app, meaning that students can study topics on the move even when they don’t have access to the internet.
Solution: this is the first app we have developed around a University course and we are really pleased with the result. We worked with a very forward thinking team at the UoL, one of the first to even think about an app, let alone commission one.
The iPad is provided by the University of Leicester, onto which students download the course app and related eBooks. It supports the current VLE rather than replace it.
Result: A highly mobile, flexible and interactive way of delivering course material. With a bespoke interface for the course, the content includes course texts, podcasts and videos, all of which can be accessed in areas without an internet connection. Other material is linked to from within the app and requires the student to have WiFi connectivity.
Type: Published on App Store. Free download with limited access, full access obtained with Username and Password once fully signed up to the course.
More: shortlisted for the 2013 eLearning Age Awards under the Best Use of Mobile Learning category.
The nature of this particular course means that there is an array of nationalities and locations where course materials are accessed. This map gives you an idea of the global reach of the course showing the location of some of the students. They are based in 34 different countries, many of which are conflict-affected environments.
Here is a video testimonial by Ishaq Ibrahim, a Ghanaian who is a United Nations Police Officer. He’s found the app invaluable due to the fact that he goes on long range patrols in areas where there is no internet connection.