Mobile Learning infokit / Glossary
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Glossary

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Agile project management - a project management methodology stressing the iterative nature of determining user requirements along with flexibility and interaction between developers and users.

 

Android - Google’s (Open Source) mobile operating system

 

BlackBerry - Mobile devices produced by RIM

 

BYOD - Bring Your Own Device

 

CAMEL - Collaborative Approaches to the Management of E-Learning

 

CMS - Content Management System

 

CSS - Cascading Style Sheets

 

FE - Further Education

 

GPS - Global Positioning System

 

GSMA - Global System for Mobiles Association (see http://www.gsmworld.com) but when founded was originally 'Groupe Speciale Mobile Association'. It is a trade body for mobile operators devoted to promoting and standardising the GSM/3G mobile telephone system. As with JISC,it is usually referred to by acronym.

 

HE - Higher Education

 

iOS - Apple’s mobile operating system

 

JANET - the UK’s academic and research network, connecting several hundred educational institutions, research councils and related organisations.

 

JISC - Joint Information Systems Committee, although usually referred to by acronym.

 

Laptop - A mobile computer with a screen, keyboard and battery. Usually wifi-enabled.

 

LMS - Learning Management System

 

Loanership - A scheme whereby a user treats an institutionally-provided device as their own but must give it back to the institution at the end of their studies.

 

MoLeNET - The Mobile Learning Network (an initiative that provided capital funding to Further Education institutions as well as mentoring, research and evaluation - ran 2007 to 2010)

 

MP3 player - an audio device that plays digital music stored in MP3 format

 

NSS - National Student Survey

 

NUS - National Union of Students

 

Ofcom - Office of Communications (a UK government-approved body that regulates the telecommunications industry)

 

PDA - Personal Digital Assistant

 

RDF - Resource Description Framework

 

RIM - Research in Motion

 

RSS - RDF Site Summary (often called Really Simple Syndication). A way of publishing frequently-updated resources in a standardised format.

 

SCORM - Sharable Content Object Reference Model (a collection of standards and specifications for e-learning resources)

 

Smartphone - An advanced mobile phone combining the functionality of a PDA and mobile phone. Many also feature MP3 player functionality, touschreens, cameras, wifi, GPS and 3G internet access.

 

SMS - Short Message Service. A standardised text messaging service usable on most (if not all) mobile phones.

 

Stylesheet - See CSS.

 

Tablet - a touchscreen device that has some or all of the features of a full-size personal computer.

 

TEL - Technology-Enhanced Learning

 

Transactional distance - the ‘cognitive space’ between instructors and learners in an educational setting.

 

Trojan horse - A phrase used metaphorically and inspired by Virgil’s account of the Trojan War in which the Greeks hid inside a large wooden horse to gain access to Troy. In this context, it represents more revolutionary ideas and concepts that can be smuggled within other seemingly standard projects or initiatives.

 

UCISA - Universities and Colleges Information Systems Association.

 

USB - Universal Serial Bus (a standard for connecting data and power supplies between computers and peripherals)

 

VLE - Virtual Learning Environment

 

Wifi - A standard for wirelessly connecting mobile devices to networks and/or the internet.

 

XML - A set of rules for encoding documents in machine and human-readable form.

 

 

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