Blackboard Mobile LearnTM was launched at NUI Galway on Monday 26th March, which was the last week of teaching, and 4 weeks before the start of exams. While not everything is fully accessible, this gives students improved access to course materials while on the move. More information about the app and how it can be used is available on the nuigalway website. On the first day of the service, despite it being close to the end of term, there were more than 1,100 logins from mobile devices as staff and students tried out the new app.
In total, since the launch just over 8 weeks ago, there have been 1,857 unique logins using Blackboard Mobile Learn. It’s interesting to see which platforms are being used, and Mobile Analytics can give us exactly that information. More than 60% of our Mobile Learn users are coming from iOS, either iPhones or iPads.
After the first week, and as the Easter break approached, usage dropped to between 200 and 330 logins per day, less on Saturdays. From the stats, Saturday is the day with the least number of logins using Blackboard Mobile; Monday is the day with the highest number of logins.
After the study week, and as the exams began on Monday 23rd April, usage increased again. Here is the pattern of usage from the pre-exam study week, showing a peak on the first Monday of exams, and a steady week-by-week decline since then.
What this suggests is that students are using Blackboard Mobile LearnTM for revision purposes in the run-up to exams. While we can expect the numbers to be quiet in the next few months, it will be interesting to observe the statistics again in September as teaching begins.
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