I'd initially been a bit worried about this exercise, not knowing exactly what I could bring to it; but the conversation and ideas were so stimulating, I soon became very excited about designing my own app. As soon as I got home, I started making a mockup of a City Moodle app on Photoshop.
|A City Moodle app mockup. Does not discriminate between smartphones (but only because I don't actually have an iPhone).|
- Mail - Instant access to your City email account.
- Discussion - Feed of the latest posts on the Moodle discussion boards with the option of instant posting/replying.
- Compass - GPS or wi-fi based showing your campus location. It allows you to key in your classes and get room directions.
- Bluetooth - Allows you to instantly download lecture notes and slides so that you can read them on the move.
- Scanner - Liam's brilliant idea! See a book in the bookshop, and scan the barcode to check its availability at City's library.
- Library - Access to your library account and the library catalogue; allows you to reserve and renew books whilst on the move.
On top of this there is a drop-down menu which allows you to access your course details whenever you want. The drop-down menu unfolds over the length of the screen, and folds when you touch outside the body of the menu. I'm sure there's a lot more that could be integrated into this. I think it would be a great idea to have such an app for City students; the exercise made me realise just how useful it could really be.