Mobile Learning infokit / 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 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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