This Charming Man…?

June 4, 2010

The inevitable iPad post

Filed under: ipad — ihaventgotastitchtowear @ 4:56 pm

I’ve had this season’s shiny for a week.

Forests of virtual trees would have died in the last few months on the iPad. I posted early this year on the gesture device and I can honestly say it works, it works well. It confirms my belief that it is the dawn of the gesture device. And Wired looks great, and it is a quarter of the price I usually pay and I don’t have to wait.

Anyway, you’ll have seen all those reviews and so I’m not going to go through them again. What I want to talk about is Personalised Learning (more precisely the Personal Learning Environment) and the iPad.

So as you will know that we have been developing the PLE here for a while. And it is just about ready to go. It has the social networking links to our version of Elgg, a Wiki, SSO to the LMS (which as much as I dislike LMS’ works like a dream), links to asynchronous recorded lectures, iTunesU, RSS feeds, …you get the idea.

but what makes this a killer, and absolute killer of an application is that it works wonderfully with the iPad (or I guess any other gesture device). Point, open, engage. The ability to move around, make bigger and smaller. From a position of students who are visually impaired the ability to squeeze and magnify the part of the screen you want to look at is great. And the portability of the device means that finally students can have the anytime/anywhere experience.

Today, is a good Friday. And a good Friday for all the many people that have been involved in this project.



  1. Hey David, looks impressive my only concern about PLE’s is that instead of having to keep one LMS server going you have multi servers.

    We all know that these things have a habit of crashing slowing down for no reason or simply stop working.
    Even if none of the above happen you still have multiple servers to patch, update etc.

    Do you think these issues will be a problem? Will you need more staff to manage the multiple installations?

    Really interested how this goes for you and how it is accepted (or not) by staff and students, keep us posted.


    Comment by Colin Lowe — June 4, 2010 @ 6:35 pm | Reply

    • Ahhh. I guess my policy has always been if there is a need, that that need needs to be met, and supported. The major business of any university is teaching, and shared services have to support that. It isn’t an issue here, but I know it may well be in other places :).

      Comment by ihaventgotastitchtowear — June 7, 2010 @ 12:37 pm | Reply

  2. Not sure what I want more now – an iPad, or a PLE.

    Actually no, scrap that – who am I kidding? I want an iPad. Particularly if it allows me to consume a version of Wired that is less than 50% asdvertising content by volume.

    Comment by Andrew Buntine — June 7, 2010 @ 12:09 pm | Reply

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