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Mobility Initiatives 2010-2011

In the Fall of 2010 the Teaching, Learning & Technology Roundtable recognized the importance and opportunities that the use of highly mobile devices may present to our faculty and students and charged the TLTR Emerging Technologies committee to work with the SHUmobile Team to plan additional tablet pilot projects for the spring of 2011 and beyond.

School of Health and Medical Sciences
The first iPad project launched on September 2, 2010, with 30 faculty and students in the School of Health and Medical Sciences (SHMS) receiving an iPad to investigate the academic, clinical, research and administrative applications of the new form factor device and how it can benefit the facilitation of learning and practice within SHMS.  The group will meet regularly with the TLT Center instructional designer to discuss potential applications to the academic environment and generate ideas for incorporating the potential of this technology into the current curriculum within SHMS.

Current academic uses being explored include:

  • eBooks and electronic journal articles that are easily accessible in the classroom and out in the field
  • Medical images and videos to assist with patient education 
  • Podcasts/iTunes U – health-related lectures at other universities 
  • Creation of presentations and lab reports using productivity apps, such as Keynote  
  • Conduct team research/collect data/interviews/capture clinical interactions in the field 
  • Use of currently available apps, such as PubMed, ePocrates, and Skyscape that offer scholarly information and pharmaceutical data to assist in research and clinical practice

Educational Studies, College of Education and Human Services
Faculty in the Educational Studies department located within the College of Education and Human Services are the second group to pilot the iPad devices.  iPads were distributed to key groups of faculty and students during February 2011 in order to investigate the following:

  • Utilization if iPad devices by students completing their final field experience.  The pilot will measure the concept of anytime, anywhere learning as these students interact with their cooperating teachers, field supervisor and k-12 students.
  • Exploration of devices to support an Autism and Developmental Disabilities course in order to model the practical application of available special needs based apps.  Students will work in pairs to master the device and the faculty member will collect data after the devices are used as a measure of the effectiveness of the tool in course work. 
  • Investigation of the use if iPads by faculty conducted research as they collect data and develop assignments that will have the device as a main component used to enrich the learning process.

Environmental Studies, College of Arts and Sciences
In addition to the iPad pilots, the use of droid tablets is also being investigated.  Students completing an independent study project with Michael Taylor will be using the galaxy tablet to create a taxonomy of trees on the Seton Hall campus.  The goals of this Environmental Studies project are to create digital stories of tree characteristics, digital maps and a tour of campus trees.

Organic Chemistry, College of Arts and Sciences
This project proposes to create the “iLab” which will be a single mechanism replacing the lab text, lab notebook and final report. Laboratory experiments will be adapted for use on the iPad, allowing students to carry out the experiments by following the laboratory procedure, taking notes and filling questions associated with the laboratory on their iPads. Parts of the experimental procedures will be documented using digital photos and videos so that students will be able to visualize important elements.  Objectives include the following:

  • Determine if iPad technology is suitable for use in teaching laboratories. The ideas of having a single source technology and embedding photos and video came from students in this class, thus, this project will implement and test their ideas.
  • Determine if the iPad and associated apps are suitable replacements for tablet PCs. Is the iPad technology developed well enough such that the technology will be a benefit to the student relative to the tablet PC? Will the students require both technologies or can the iPad be the sole technology?
  • Test if a single source technology and document for teaching laboratory procedures improves communication of information from the instructor to student and from student to instructor.

Communication and the Arts, College of Arts and Sciences
Droid tablets are being utilized in an internship offered with adjunct faculty Adam Nichols, an accomplished journalist and editor for DNAinfo.com. The goal of the experience is to provide students with required internship credits in a course format while providing them with what they would experience as a journalist in the field. Stories are pitched, developed and submitted to Prof. Nichols. If approved, the stories are published.

The special topics course "Hyper-local Media" (COJR3002CT) runs for the spring semester. Professor Nichols hopes to engage the students in developing breaking news stories with a device encompassing all of the tools a journalist in the field may need including, audio, photography, video and video editing, geo-tagging, social networking and speak to text capabilities. Four Galaxy Tabs preloaded with applications which address the needs of a journalist, will be circulated among 20 students.

Blackboard Mobile Learn
This spring the SHUmobile team will push the adoption of Blackboard Mobile Learn, a Blackboard application that mobilizes the Blackboard Learning System for a rich user experience on Android, Blackberry and iOS devices.

If successful, these plans should expand to a large scale pilot project this fall supporting between 250 and 500 tablet devices

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