Switch it on - Mobile Devices in classrooms
The University encourages students to make appropriate use of laptops and mobile devices in their learning, teaching and assessment in a formal learning and teaching environment.
Ideas for using mobile devices in face to face teaching
Blackboard and Blackboard Instructor apps
is a free app for students to facilitate the use of studentcentral on a mobile device. The studentcentral theme is mobile accessible through a web browser as well, but the app can be helpful for student engagement in discussion boards, for short formative quizzes, and for notifications of new module content.
is the app for academic staff is actively being developed. At this time it offers limited functions such as sending announcements and reviewing content.
Nearpod is an app and web application which can be used with a campus account. It offers polling tools and interactive activities which can be pushed alongside slide content to students' own mobile devices. The web content viewer can be used to facilitate an in-class exercise where students can be tasked with finding information or completing a guided web search
The university has a set number of accounts available for Nearpod. For more information, please contact your Learning Technologies Adviser.
PollEverywhere for Interactive Polling Activities
PollEverywhere is an app and web application which can be used with a campus account. PollEverywhere allows an instructor to push dynamic polling questions to students' own mobile devices so that they can respond interactively.
The university has a set number of accounts available for PollEverywhere. For more information, please contact your Learning Technologies Adviser.
Office365 for Collaboration
Office365 includes the standard Office software products such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint. It also includes a powerful suite of collaboration tools as part of the Teams tool to help students working in groups. Students can access these tools through the email link on the home tab in studentcentral.
Guidelines for managing your students' use of mobile devices
Students should be encouraged to use their mobile devices within these guidelines.
Students should be reminded that all use of technology must comply with the Conditions of Use of University of Brighton Computer Systems.
You may ask a student to stop using their technology for safety reasons if it is being used inappropriately for learning or is interfering with the study and working environment of other students. You may also ask them not to use their mobile technologies for particular learning or assessment activities.
You could give students advance notice if you are planning to use mobile technologies for a particular learning activity so they bring them to the session. Students must comply with health and safety regulations before bringing mobile devices into laboratories.