iPad Project for Faculty

In the Spring semester of 2012, we launched our first phase of the iPad study, implemented as the Classroom Project. But, in order to encourage and work with faculty on subsequent semester projects with their class, we realized that was important to provide them with an iPad for their experimentation ahead of their proposal construction in order to explore and adapt their syllabus and curriculum requirements and projects.

iPad Exploration Application

Purpose of Exploration Phase

To provide faculty with an opportunity to explore potential apps that would be useful in their curriculum and allow them time to design a proposal that for the classroom project in order to test their suggestions in the classroom. The 3-month period would allow ample time for syllabus development and adjustment, to incorporate course work requirements/assignments, and to develop the Classroom Project Proposal. Outcomes of this project will help us to broaden our understanding and implement best practices that will improve the teaching and learning experience on our campus, and share potential uses of iPad in higher education.

Deadlines and Important Dates

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We are seeking strong classroom proposals for the Fall '15 semester. These should outline an investigation as to how mobile technologies and apps can enhance the curriculum in a specific subject area, and explore new approaches in teaching, in the classroom and in the field. 

Proposals should maintain a high degree of pedagogical association; how mobile devices in higher education can help to achieve specific learning outcomes. Faculty participants selected to participate in the study will be provided with an iPad for the duration of the semester, as will each student in his/her class.

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Download the iPad Classroom Project Proposal

Deadlines and Important Dates

  • Deadline for Spring 2016 is December 1, 2015

Guidelines for a Strong Proposal

Proposal parameters should provide for specific and measured outcomes - research and data collection, surveys, student interviews/journals, instructor feedback, etc. and a final summary report documenting how learning and teaching were enhanced or aided in unique ways due to the implementation of this technology, and how student retention might be affected. How this information is gathered should be clearly outlined and a timeline established to include milestones for each data collection opportunity.

Ideal proposals will include strong criteria, and may include:

  • The anticipated enhancement/improvement to teaching and learning
  • Specific assignments/assessments that will be completed via the iPad and specific apps that will be required for the completion of such assignments
  • The anticipated increased student versatility
  • The expected elevation in student engagement
  • The initiation of dynamic, engaging, active and creative curriculum
  • The expected change in students' manner of storing/accessing/processing information in class
  • The possible facilitation of creative content development
  • The possible ways in which a student's study habits may be affected
  • The possible unexpected findings and outcomes
  • The inclusion of e-book materials
  • The development of innovative projects in different disciplines
  • The facilitation of specific learning outcomes
  • The inclusion of a case study comparing two sections of the same course - one using iPad and the other taught without
  • The investigation of multi-media
  • The development of enhanced group projects utilizing collaborative apps

Proposals should also include specific means for monitoring student engagement. Include possible technologies your students might be using to report their findings. These may include:

  • Wikis
  • Blogs
  • Journals
  • Blackboard
  • Discussion boards
  • Survey tools
  • Apps: Pages, Keynote, Numbers, Blackboard Mobile Learn, iBooks, QuickOffice, DropBox, Blogsy, iAnnotate, Penultimate

Curriculum should include specific tasks your students will be asked to perform using the iPad. These may include:

  • In-class polling, audience response
  • Blackboard access
  • Note taking
  • Digital textbook access
  • Research outside of class

Results to be Included in Final Report

Results should include the manner of use of the iPad, laptop, other mobile devices by students in various activities such as group or team collaboration, and the use of the technology as it pertains to a specific style of teaching and course content.  Instructors will be asked to describe the classroom environment during lecture and group learning activities. Data collected including faculty feedback, student feedback, and survey results will be analyzed and documented with emphasis on the learning outcomes and lessons learned.

Final meeting of the group will require the faculty members to produce:

  • Lessons learned
  • Findings
  • Experiences to share
  • Assessment of the pilot
  • Report
  • Expansion
  • Faculty pilot
  • Recommendations for the future
  • Eligibility and Participation
  • Application Guidelines
  • Apps and Apple iTunes — Ownership
  • Final Report