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Students would like to have a mobile version of their study schedules and EleUM messages on their mobile phones would also be appreciated. These are just two of the outcomes from a survey by Maarten van Wesel, digital education and research support consultant at the University Library, carried out among 600 Maastricht students.
All students have mobile phones with them: half of these are ordinary mobile phones, the other half smartphones. Apart from a few students, everyone has a laptop; three quarters of them take their devices to the university. In answer to the question which university service they could do without, they said: a calendar of events and university news.
Van Wesel: “As far as the schedule is concerned, students can use their mobile phones to log in to My UM. They can then see their schedules. But the layout is not good and a direct link would be much better. That is why a mobile version of My UM is recommended.” The problem with the layout also occurs with EleUM messages. “EleUM is available on mobile phones, but the layout makes it almost impossible to use.”
Van Wesel did the survey within the framework of the Mobile Learning@UM project that was started last April. There are pilot projects at a number of faculties, including Health, Medicine and Life Sciences, where mobile education technology experiments are being carried out.