With the iPad becoming an increasingly useful device for teachers, are the folks at Moodle developing an official iPad app and perhaps enhancing the features in the iPhone app (or even coming up with a universal iOS app)? The current iPhone app seems quite lacking in features; I'm not sure why students (or teachers) would want to upload videos or browse photo albums. Teachers especially need to be able to create forums, assignments, and generally manage their courses on-the-go. I use Blackboard as a student and professor, and their app definitely could serve as a model for Moodle. Could someone at Moodle please provide an update as to the app development status?
Why do you need an app? Why not just use the web browser to access Moodle?
Assuming they're designed correctly, apps can be more user-friendly than their web-based companions. In essence, they provide more instant access to course content and, in some cases, can be used offline as well. Pinching and zooming on the web browser gets rather tedious after awhile, especially if one is trying to read multiple classes worth of forum posts and other assignments. The same holds true for commenting on and grading assignments (which usually involves a pop-up window of some kind). Basically, if a teacher or student is on-the-go, apps make life much easier. Moodle clearly is interested in the mobile market as evidenced by the current mobile app, so I'm hoping that they are substantial enhancements in the pipeline to make it something like the Blackboard app.
But, given a web UI that is not as good as it could be, you can either divert resources into making a separate mobile app, or you can spend time making the web UI better, which helps but mobile users and desktop users. So, I prefer the latter approach.