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Mobility Initiatives 2008-2009

Introduction to Environmental Studies – Dr. Michael Taylor
Students created digital stories using their smart phones (Nokia N95) and video editing software (Adobe Premiere Elements). Final videos were uploaded to a private YouTube playlist. In the first project, “Green Consumer Ethnographies,” students had to describe the culture of the people who buy green products. To do that they created digital stories that answered the question, "What does it mean to be green?" This project was done in conjunction with EarthSense, a green marketing firm in Maplewood, New Jersey, who plan on using the videos in their marketing campaign.

The second project, “New Jersey Environmental Narratives,” involved students creating digital stories about a New Jersey location that they found to be especially important in terms of the natural environment. The creation of these personal narratives of place allowed for a deeper discussion of the roles of culture and world view in the development of environmental consciousness. Students were required to geo-code their images and all of the digital stories were linked to their spatial location using Google Maps. Dr. Michael Taylor plans to repeat this digital storytelling project so that future Environmental Studies classes may build upon this map/database of special environmental locations in the state of New Jersey.

Special Topics: Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (ArcGIS) – Nick D’Ambrosio
This class project involved students designing a map using ArcGIS software. The map includes five municipalities of Essex County, New Jersey: South Orange, Maplewood, Millburn, Springfield and Union. The focus of the project was to map and photograph specific points of interest along the East and West Branches of the Rahway River. The map template was designed as a foundation for future classes to build on. The photographs were taken using the geo-tagging technology of the Nokia N95s.

Panoramic photographs of locations where Seton Hall University students and faculty take water quality samples were also collected. These efforts focus on monitoring local water ways to determine water quality and biodiversity of the sites. There are a total of twelve panoramic pictures of the fifteen accessible testing sites along the river.

Digital Photography – Keith Adams
Mobile phones were used in the Digital Photography course offered through the Department of Communication. Using the Nokia N95, students were to use them in conjunction with their DSLR cameras to show comparisons of the camera features. Although students didn’t like the zoom feature, they did like the large format of the picture and clarity of video. The flash was easy to use with capabilities to turn it on/off/auto very easily.

Legal Foundations of Business – Susan O’Sullivan
Drawing upon current events in the business world, students collaborated in small groups to develop a report utilizing the technology available in the Nokia E71. Topics include current events, constitutional issues, contracts and corporations. Students used internet and Blackboard access, camera and video technology, phone conferencing etc. Each section competed against the other for the “best” submission as determined by the Department of Economics and Legal Studies.

Advanced Topics in Legal Studies – Susan O’Sullivan
Students completed and presented (either individually or in small groups) a research project addressing an advanced topic in Legal Studies, as approved by the instructor. After identifying a thesis, students conducted research to support the thesis, analyzed and made recommendations and conclusions. Students identified the relevance of the topic to course material and the importance of the topic in the business world today. Students utilized the Nokia E71 to conduct internet research and access Blackboard. Camera and video technology, phone conferencing etc. supplemented and enhanced the research project and presentation.

Directed Research: Ideas and Trends – John H. Shannon
Seniors enrolled in the Stillman School’s Center for Leadership Development are developing a course that will establish an intellectual framework to facilitate the development of critical thinking skills through the use of innovative technology, fieldwork and collaboration. The course will enable students to identify, evaluate and translate ideas and trends into theoretical and conceptual models for leaders to use in addressing future events. The project team uses the Nokia E71 as a primary mobile communications device that provides access to tools that make it possible for members to collaborate on content creation in a real-time, virtual environment. Mobile applications include VoIP, file sharing, audio, video and web access via wifi and 3G networks, among others.

Directed Research: Ideas and Trends – John H. Shannon
Journey of Transformation - Kelly Shea
These courses utilized the Amazon Kindle ebook reader to deliver required course reading to students. Kindles were preloaded with course content and students had the option to purchase additional materials.

Introduction to Public Policy – Dr. Michael Taylor
This project utilizes a course blog where students are creating public policy position posts. They are using the Nokia N95s to record their own video commentaries that are uploaded directly to the blog from the device.   Students are also writing a term paper that analyzes a public policy issue of their own choice. The Nokia N95s will be used to conduct interviews with individuals who are affected by that public policy. Students will use digital editing software to cut the interviews into a short 3 - 4 minute mini-documentary. This mini-documentary is a companion piece to the policy analysis paper, representing the policy advocacy side of the issue.

University Life – Hezal Patel
Students will be using the Nokia N95s to add graphics and video to their ePortfolios. Traditional ePortfolio assignments for the University Life course have been enhanced to include digital photos, video, audio and interviews conducted by the students. Private Wordpress blogs will be the host for these students’ ePortfolios in the effort to allow students to use the mobile application Wavelog to upload information directly to their ePortfolios. The final project for this course (traditionally the creative item portion of the University Life ePortfolio) will be “My first semester at SHU” digital stories incorporating the artifacts captured with the Nokia N95s.

Computer Fundamentals - Dr. Vivienne Carr
This course provides a comprehensive introduction to information technology that includes software implementation, project planning, problem solving, growth and change through the use of technology and the impact of computers in our lives. Topics include a wide variety of subjects including the basic windows operating environment, word processing, desktop publishing and technology tools for presentations. For this project, students will be using their mobile phone to create a digital narrative about their professional aspirations and inspirations that can later be incorporated into a portfolio piece.
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