Thursday, June 29, 2006

Working with Springdoo - audio content & assessment

I have made contact with the folks at Springdoo., who are actually a company called Telemessenger Solutions Limited. As they are a Christchurch based company, I was able to organise a f2f meeting with them. Their overall platform provides the conduit for delivering voice and data by integrating the use of the telephone (both land line and mobile) with the internet. Like many other innovative companies I have had the privilege to meet up with, Telemessenger is represented by enthusiastic, helpful and go-getting people.

Besides Springdoo, they also offer another solution that is pertinent to e or mlearning. The Aristotle platform allows the telephone to be used as a medium of interaction. At the moment, Aristotle is used to provide motivational / business training to corporate customers. It is also available via the web for individuals who are keen to have a ‘virtual mentor’ help them meet personal goals. The application of Aristotle to a mlearning environment means that audio delivery of content, assessment activities and student support becomes feasible. Student preferences for time and day to be contacted on their phones can also be automated. This means that a tutor does not have to work at odd hours to call students who are working shifts that start late at night or early in the morning. Voice recording of student responses can be directed to the tutor’s email for downloading and commenting on or for follow up.

Using audio makes use of the prime function of a phone. However, there has been discussion recently on several blogs I follow about how young people use their phones. For example, 80% of young people in Ireland use the phone for everything else but talk on it! Recent posts on the Oxford University moodle discussion site by Tomi Ahonen reveals several changes in behaviour by young people that can be attributed to mobile phone or game console use. One was the slow pace of young people when they are walking on the footpath while they are checking their txt messages. The other was how his young nephews preferred the use of the standard play station console to play car racing / grand prix type games to using an actual car steering wheel configured to allow car driving games to be played.

We therefore need to be circumspect about how we make use of a phone like interface. We need to find out if the use of voice would be something that a typical young apprentice would relate to. So it looks now that we have another possibility to investigate. We need to see if the audio content / assessment push via a mobile phone will be suitable for the context I am hoping to use mlearning in.


David wombat said...

Hi Selena - it was great to meet you at the NCVER conference on the Sunshine Coast in Australia last week. I hope that you had a good trip home.

Your work is very interesting and I had a discussion with our General Manager of Learning about the work you are embarking on with your bakery students.

Here at TAFE Tasmania, I thought that our Carpentry teachers were using mobile cameras as evidence gathering tools, but apparently not yet. You mentioned Marcus Ragus who is one of our teachers in Horticulture/Agriculture - he has been doing some work in this area.

I think that this is going to be an interesting area to keep an eye on over the next couple of years and I'll keep you updated on any relevant work that starts here.

FYI I am getting around to setting up a blog for my Skills Passport and e-portfolio work - please check out

Cheers, David

Selena said...

Hi David,

yes good to touch base at the NCVER conf. It will be good to keep in touch with your work on skills passports & eportfolios as well so I will keep an eye on your blog.

All the best, Selena

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