9. Anytime, anywhere

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9. Anytime, anywhere

Introduced in just the last 20 years, mobile computing and the internet have both made anytime anywhere computing a reality. While there are disadvantages to being available all the time, there are many more benefits to access to information and services 24-by-7 (all the time). Being location-independent has enormous benefits as well for researchers, people with unusual hobbies, and acquiring scare or unique goods and services from anywhere on the planet.

Learning outcomes

  • develop and appreciation for time- and location-independent information access
  • explore the range of mobile applications
  • understand the relationship between telecommunications infrastructure and information systems
  • facilitate student discussion
  • learn to work collaboratively online


  • anywhere anytime - mobile, presence, publishing, distribution, geo-locating, [source forge open source], [paypal commerce], security, off-shoring, games, entertainment, education, mobile learning, crime, cyber attacks

Selected media

  • 24/7 - "24 hours a day, 7 days a week" - available at all times without interruption
  • Optional - Tomorrow's Technology and You - Chapter 10. Computer Security and Risks


Study questions

  • What are identified as social issues?
  • Are there other social issues that the authors have overlooked?
  • What are some of the concerns about security?
  • What are some of the potential personal security risks on the internet?
  • What steps are information systems developers required to take to keep customer data private?


  1. Before you start the reading and the assignments, take a few minutes to think about what you already know about the topic - Anytime, anywhere computing . Write a sentence or two about this in the I know... discussion.

  2. Read, view, listen to the selections in the Selected media list for this module.

  3. This week the keyword assignment is a bit different. Choose 1 word from the Keywords list for this module. Find TWO (2) web articles that provide information about the word and how it relates to the course. Rate each article on a scale of 1 to 5. To determine the score, identify 5 characteristics of each article (good and bad). If there are 3 good things and 2 not-so-good things about the article, you give it a rating of 3/5. Do this for both articles you select. Post the word, links to your selected web articles, the article score and the list of good and not-so-good characteristics, and a brief description about your selection for each, to the discussion Anytime, anywhere keywords. Follow links provided by 3 other students, review their suggested articles, and write a brief reply to the author for each.

  4. Select one of the discussion topics from any discussion in previous topics (topics 1-8). Read through the posts and write a short summary of the important ideas discussed. Now that you have read the whole discussion, what questions do you have about the topic that were not answered? Your summary should be 3-4 sentences in length. Post your summary to Discussion Summaries discussion.

  5. Read the guidelines for Collaboration and Group Projects. Then complete the quiz Collaboration and Group Projects

  6. Design challenge - Mobile is now an important information systems platform. Smartphone have more processing and storage power than computers of twenty years ago. What are some of the characteristics of mobile applications that you think are important? What are some of the functions found in mobile applications described in the Android Market that are applicable to your information system? What are 2-3 applications that interest you? Suggest some specific mobile features that you might incorporate into your Lifecycle information system in 2-3 sentences. Post your reply to the discussion topic Mobile Design .

  7. Information System Lifecycle Project - Things get worn out or broken with use. Eventually they can not be fixed or something new comes along that is a big improvement. The same applies to information systems. They come to the end of their "useful life". Because we are working through a Lifecycle process, the final stage is "retirement and rollover". Continuing the process of building your selected Information System topic that you will "develop" over the duration of the course, this week outline your plans for system retirement and rollover. How will you know when it is time to retire this system? How will you you transition to a new system? What are some of the features and functions you expect to be available in the follow-on system? Post this information to the discussion topic Lifecycle - Retirement and Rollover . Also, add the same information to your own WikiEducator user page.

  8. Reflection - What have you learned this week that was a surprise? How does this relate to the course of the topic Anytime, anywhere? This should be 1-2 paragraphs. Submit as the I think... assignment.

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