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Mobile Technologies in Online Learning

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This course assists participants in discovering various mobile technologies as they might be applied to distance learning. Students will survey various technology formats, analyzing for strengths and weaknesses of each. Students will design, create, and present a learning unit in mobile learning format appropriate to their primary student demographic.


Secondary and Higher ed, commercial/industrial training


Devices Instructional Design considerations Technical limits and opportunities Change Web 2.0 applications




At the completion of this course students should be able to: 1. describe at least three different types of mobile communication technology that relate to distance learning applications. 2. explain why different mobile device forms or styles may be useful for full or partial completion of a distance learning course 3. present an analysis of their desired learning outcomes in terms of limits and opportunities of mobile technology that are consistent with the standards presented in the course. 4. submit a unit of study on the topic of their choice that effectively employs mobile technology for its content. 5. submit a unit of study on the topic of their choice that effectively employs mobile technology for its interaction. 6. submit a unit of study on the topic of their choice that effectively employs mobile technology for its learning assessment and evaluation.


4 weeks




courses designed and delivered primarily in Moodle with supplemental resources on various mobile accessible platforms.


Credit Options

CEU only


A fee is incurred for anyone enrolled in an Advanced Online Seminar, although there is a discount for ION members. (Only Diamond level ION partners are exempt.) The fee is determined by the number of contact hours and online discussion requirements for the course. To view the fee schedule for a specific section of this course, visit the Schedule and click on the link for that section (e.g. TM1051).

Taking a course for Graduate Credit through the University of Illinois at Springfield (UIS):
Most MVCR courses [not the Advanced Online Seminars] may be taken for graduate credit through UIS. You do not pay twice if you choose this route. You pay only the tuition and fees associated with UIS enrollment. If you choose to enroll through UIS, you need to follow the instructions. You do not register through this site.

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Taking Courses for Academic Credit

Most 8-week MVCR courses can also be taken for academic credit through the University of Illinois at Springfield.

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Suggested Tracks

Instruction Centric

  • Online Learning
  • Instructional Design
  • Student Assessment
  • Encouraging Comm.
  • Elective
  • Practicum

Technology Centric

  • Online Learning
  • Technology Tools
  • Instructional Design
  • Student Assessment
  • Elective (Multimedia or Sims, Labs, Games, and VR)
  • Practicum

Support Professional

  • Online Learning
  • Instructional Design
  • Student Assessment
  • Universal Design
  • Elective (Supporting Students, Copyright, Global eLearning, Blended/Hybrid, Librarians Collaborating, Multimedia Principles)
  • Practicum

COLA - track

  • Administration Seminar
  • Quality Assurance
  • Issues and Strategies in Faculty Training
  • Supporting Students Online

Choose one of the following three for your elective:

  • Administration of Online Programs
  • Copyright
  • Blended - Hybrid Learning Design and Instruction
  • Practicum for Administrators
What They're Saying
"A large part of what has me really jazzed about this online course we're doing is that it has me rethinking HOW I teach in both f2f and online settings."     

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Award winning courses

The MVCR program won the Award for Excellence in ALN Faculty Develop-ment (in conjunction with other ION programs) from the Sloan-consortium in 2002. One of our instructors won the WebCT Exemplary Online Course Award for an MVCR course as well.

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