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Integrated Mobile Learning Platform: Content, Delivery, and Experience - Five Years of Experiences from a Professional Graduate Program

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June 22, 2020

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June 22, 2020

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June 26, 2021

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Online and Professional Graduate Programs

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Bharani Nagarathnam Texas A&M University

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Dr. Bharani Nagarathnam is an Instructional Assistant Professor and Associate Director of Master of Industrial Distribution at the Department of Engineering Technology & Industrial Distribution at Texas A&M University. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in Industrial Distribution and manages the Master of Industrial Distribution (MID) program, one of the largest distance education graduate programs at Texas A&M University. He has developed and implemented mobile learning solution with iPad, eBooks and educational apps for the MID program – first of its kind at Texas A&M University for working professionals in distance education graduate program.

He has more than 20 years of experience in teaching, applied research, academic program management and business development. For more than 15 years he has worked with the Global Supply Chain Laboratory at Texas A&M University on applied industry consulting projects, consortia and professional development programs for more than 100 industrial manufacturers and distributors. He has published in academic journals and industry publications. His research areas include distribution management & leadership, talent / competency assessment & development, training design, development & implementation, distribution sales & marketing development and profitability & performance management.

Dr. Nagarathnam holds a Ph.D. in Educational Human Resource Development and Master of Science in Industrial Engineering from Texas A&M University. He also holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Production Engineering from University of Madras, India. He can be reached at 979.847.8941 or

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Integrated Mobile Learning Platform: Content, Delivery, and Experience - Five Years of Experiences from a Professional Graduate Program

This paper outlines more than 5 years of experience in designing, developing and deploying an iPad based mobile learning platform for an online professional master’s program. This paper outlines the immersive mobile learning experiences such as (1) iPad with apps, (2) eBooks, (3) Videos & multimedia elements, (4) industry insights through interviews and podcasts and (5) remote management.

This presentation will include a demonstration of fully integrated mobile learning solution with iPad Pro, eBooks, educational and productivity apps used by Master of Industrial Distribution (MID) distance education program. Demo includes eBooks with highlight/notes capability, closed captioned video examples of professors & industry executive interviews and educational apps.

Student engagement and productivity will be highlighted with examples. Feedback from early years were used to improve the design of eCampus (BlackBoard Learning) course layout, assessments (assignments, test, projects), group activities such as case presentation, team recording of presentation and local/cloud storage of student’s work. This mobile learning experience provides cutting-edge, relevant and applied education in a convenient, flexible and portable format. The platform is popular with professional students who travel often.

The Master of Industrial Distribution (MID) is part of the 21-Month, web-based program focused on professionals in the industrial distribution, industrial sales, supply chain, and logistics areas. The courses provide these professionals with the critical skills and knowledge necessary to be successful and gain a competitive advantage for them and their company through the immediate application of knowledge and research directly into teaching. The MID Program is designed for working professionals with at least 5 years of experience in industrial distribution and manufacturing. Pioneering distance (online) education at Texas A&M for over 18 years, the MID program is the largest online program in the College of Engineering.

Nagarathnam, B. (2020, June), Integrated Mobile Learning Platform: Content, Delivery, and Experience - Five Years of Experiences from a Professional Graduate Program Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--34837

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