I am pleased to be able to announce that I have found university funding to pay Jamie Pratt (flash programmer, and general moodle programmer extraordinaire - he is very highly recommended) to make
The Moodle Test Module Mobile or following on from Bob Gettings and Narumi Sekiya's work, towards making
By the end of this year it should be possible to set test homework, such as reading comprehension questions, for students to do using their mobile phones. The tests should be available to every major phone provider and not just the newest phones with full browsers.
At the same time due to technical and budget limitations, in the first instance
1) There will be no on screen timer.
2) There will be no copy protection.
3) Only multiple choice questions will be available
4) It may be possible to do only the current weeks questions (?)
It would be great, therefore, if other people would chip in and help pay for further extensions to this functionality. All the functionality will be available open source.
I hear that homework that can be done via mobile phones is very popular with students due to the fact that they are free to do their homework at times and places to suit their schedules, such as on the bus or in a break from their part time job. This should make it possible to set more homework, and should encourage students to do homework at a more even pace rather all on the night before the deadline.
e-learning is big, but m-learning is bigger.