Mobile Learning

Mobile learning is widespead.  Large numbers of faculty, students and staff now access university services regularly using a portable device, usually a smartphone or tablet. Where e-learning time-shifts, space-shifts and redefines the social experience of education, mobile learning substantially accelerates these effects via

1) a range of devices that provide new and unprecedented functionality (advanced networking sensors for communicating with other devices, environmental sensors such as GPS, accelerometer, video/audio recording capabilties;) and

2) the ability to have learning opportunities occur in the same context where they are applied (aka situated learning), via a continuous connection to the internet. [Campus wireless information]

Mobile applications include, for example, videoconferencing with colleagues while studying, recording audio and video on a field trip on a camera-phone, using the global positioning system to orient a research study or explore an ecosystem, or superimposing educational models over visual experiences in real time (augmented reality, AR/VR network at UofT)

Mobile applications can be as simple as a link on a website that says 'Mobile' to provide an alternative interface, to a full fledged 'app' that runs exclusively on your device. Here are a few 'hot picks' - from UT's core educational technology providers, and outside companies. More at the downtown site...


Major Platforms (iPhone/iPad, Android)

Canvas Teacher Application

Screen shot of iTunes app store preview for Canvas Teacher

Canvas Teacher for iOS and Android makes your course announcements, materials and grades accessible from anywhere.  Guides to functionality available in Canvas mobile apps

UofT Student Life App

Screen shot of the U of T Student Life app on iPhone

Try out the U of T Student Life app!

Web Option Mobile Site

Screen shots (3) of Web Option Mobile Site

Why can't you use your mobile phone or iOS device {iPod Touch, iPhone, or iPad} to access your weboption lectures? Now you can! Log in with your UTORid, and any web optioned courses you are enrolled in will appear, with video and audio versions, and accompanying slides, if possible. Who needs TED lectures when there are awesome UTSC lecturers to inspire you?

IITS UTSC Mobile App

Screen shots of UTSC mobile app

Designed to improve the everyday campus experience, the UTSC Campus application offers instant access to ever-growing UTSC web services. This application provides one click access to UTSC campus map, TTC bus tracking, course descriptions, course timetable, lab availability, directory and YouTube channel. Now students can get much needed information on the go – anytime, anywhere!

UofT Map

Screen shot of U of T Map smartphone app

This Google-based layered map helps members of the U of T community, particularly people who are new to the campus (St. George, Mississauga or Scarborough), navigate using meaningful search words, such as "library" and "registrar". The first map layers include accessibility, food, wireless, student services (including registrars), car parking, bike racks, TTC subway stations, green sites (including green roofs and battery drop-off sites), safety, study spaces and washrooms. The map comprises a complete listing of all the buildings with information about offices and services available inside them. It is a living map, one that will develop more layers as it grows.  Made by the MADLab, here are the details.

U of T Mobile

Screen shot of iPad U of T Mobile the iTunes App store

Developed and maintained by the MADLab downtown.  iOS | Android


Mobile Links:

Recommended by Sarah Forbes, from the UTSC Library


Innovative mobile learning [electronic resource] : natural techniques and technologies /Hokyoung Ryu and David Parsons, editor. Imprint Hershey PA : Information Science Reference, c2009. p. cm.

Architectures for distributed and complex M-learning systems [electronic resource] : applying intelligent technologies / Santi Caballe ... [et al.], editors. Imprint Hershey PA : Information Science Reference, c 2010.

Augmented and virtual reality in libraries.  edited by Elliott, C., Rose, M., Arnhem, J.-P. Library and Information Technology Association - 2018.

Mobile Learning wiki page at UBC.

The university has a site license for iPhone development.  If you have an idea for a mobile application or have located a mobile resource not listed here which provides U of T information, please contact Brian Sutherland at CTL or Ab Gehani at IITS--we are interested in hearing how mobile applications can improve your teaching and learning experience.