Learning Exercise

Mobile App Toolkit

For my project at Open University I am creating a mobile app toolkit for study online using a mobile or tablet. Due to their reduced operating functionality apps for study require some familiarisation and many distance learners or returners are not familiar with these types of apps. Additionally they often are not smartphone savvy.

For more information see my blog at denisemcdonough.wordpress.com


Merlot Mobile App see more


My goal was to create an open resource from my project presentation in Sway by Microsoft which can be viewed at :


If you would like to an editible version use this link to copy it. One drawback to this flexible and free platform is that if not locked it renders in edit mode and can be confusing. Just press the PLAY on the top right corner or Copy it.


(I provide both links to preserve my original project as well as provide the editible one which may change over time)

It either as a flipped classroom activity followed by the students creating their own with their favourite Study Apps or an ice breaker in an online distance course induction.

A Poll using poll anywhere or meetoo can facilitate ratings by a large group. According to Mazur even prediction activites in pairs can embed learning.

I surveyed my cohort and Tweeted the link to my Open University network requesting they retweet the Survey Monkey link. I asked 10 questions about the apps I had chosen and mobile preferences to test my assumptions. 

Both the survey results and Sway presentation if a new link is required are available on request. StudyAppsProject@gmail.com

Technical Notes

mobile technology experience and interet app store



Smartphones and internet access

Learning Objectives

(new at this needs editing)

finding testing study apps that facilitate learning while communting or away from your desk

note taking or research skill enhancement by remembering, retrieving

citation capture for later use - research skills

life skills around technology and 

communication and group study skills

can also discuss accessibility awareness - find all features.... text to speech, font or colour settings

security - password privacy


participation and/or production of new Sway as group or individual