Apps for mobiles have been available for a few years and the market is ever expanding. Both academics and students are struggling to appreciate which apps to purchase to support their learning. The mobile apps for learning blog aim is to provide a review of mobile apps for learning. The blog reviews whenever possible will provide academic and students reflections on the rationale for using a particular apps to support their learning.
Tuesday, 9 April 2013
Available official app on iOS, unofficial on
Android (not provided by Mendeley)
Both apps are designed and aim to provide
access to your reference library on Mendeley, both full reference details
author, title, publication details and access to e-format of the reference. App that is welcome addition, as I have been
impressed with Mendeley since first day I was introduced to application shown’n’tell
Mendeley facility at the British Library in London two summers ago.
In reality you need to have already setup
Mendeley on-line at http://www.mendeley.com/. The iOS app is not as user friendly as desktop
version on PC, where you can install a web importer to work with your web
browser, digitalizing the importing of your web references into your Mendeley
library. A functionality Diigo has provided for their
app. However, Mendeley does provide the
mechanism to store full reference details oppose to publication title and URL
I have been experimenting with this app for
ALT-ocTEL MOOC, setting up a group library to assist registered users in collating
the number of references being suggested by delegates on the MOOC. Particularly as number of the references will
be in long term valuable to the MOOC, but are becoming lost in the
communication overload emails, tweets, blogs and forum replies.
My experiences so far have identified that:
·This app can only be used with regular and reliable internet connection wireless or 3G as you need to login and sync with Mendeley cloud.
·The app is essentially web browser interface
to online Mendeley, and a poorer relative to the desktop app.
·You can use + function to add references, but
as the iOS version does not provide web import function, the references have to
be manually typed in or cut and pasted, more time consuming than the desktop
version, but you can sync your entry back with the Mendeley library in the
·The app is a little flaky; iIf you click on
settings button, despite whether you make a change or not to the settings, the
user will find they are unable to access any of their references. My
temp’ solution is to logout and log back into the app, not ideal.
terms of flexibility, and as tool to assist in collating and organising your
references that is full reference details and access to the articles into
a personal library or group library the
app achieves these objectives, though not as user-friendly as the desktop app,
but it is start. It will help manage
reference overload when you are submerged in the literature review of a project. An app I think we should be encouraging our
students, particularly the final year students to use during the project
literature review to ensure dissertations reference sections provide full
reference details oppose to bad habit of URLs in Bibliographies.