Landing : Athabascau University

ECSM 2014: Filling the Gaps With a Virtual Learning Commons at an Online University

Slides (really a lot of them for a 20 minute presentation - a 3.2MB download) from my session at ECSM 2014 in Brighton today, in which I presented a paper by me and Terry Anderson. The presentation describes some of the reasoning and development process behind the Landing, mentions some of its successes, and observes some of the outstanding issues, winding up with a bit about what we might do differently if we did it again.

You may recognize some of these slides from a video I made last year.


  • Oscar Lin July 10, 2014 - 9:35am

    Thanks Jon for sharing. Great presentation!

  • Jon Dron July 10, 2014 - 9:47am

    Thanks Oscar! For the live presentation I gave out free humbugs (English candies). Very hard to do that online, sadly.

  • Hongxin Yan August 7, 2014 - 10:31am

    Impressive! Any plan to develop an App version of Landing? That would be a great deal for students.

  • Jon Dron August 7, 2014 - 10:41am

    Thanks Hongxin. We don't have detailed plans for that, but the Landing does play nicely with mobile devices since I rewrote the theme. I guess we could wrap an app around it, much like many of the mobile apps for stores etc do, though I'm not sure what value we could add through doing that apart from providing a nice icon (the same goes for all those mobile apps that do the same!).

    What would you like to see in such an app? One thing I'd like on my mobile devices though would be 'send-to-the-landing', so I could share bookmarks more easily from iOS and Android. I'm seeking volunteers to write that! It's a little complicated because we use the central authentication system of the university, which makes it trickier to send login credentials than it might otherwise be.