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Spring 2012 iPad Classroom Projects

Read the faculty biography and brief project description for each of our Spring 2012 iPad Classroom Projects!

Faculty School/Course Title # of students

Jerome Ammer

Jerome Ammer


Assessmenet IEP to


The possibilities of using technology as a tool in education has been a vital part of Dr. Ammer’s professional research and course integration for some time. Presently he is excited to explore how teachers and students can collaborate to seamlessly integrate wireless networks and mobile devices into daily learning experiences.
Brief Description Students participating in these classes will use the devices for in-class learning, field assignments, and project presentation.  It will also serve as a vehicle for ongoing anytime communication.  The added toolkit in the field offers time saving data gathering options. Apps include: Bb Mobile Learn, Neu.Notes, SugarSync, iRead, WordPress, Numbers, Camera, Dragon, Skype, Mendeley, Pages, Keynote.
Outcomes Students used the iPads for the final in-class “live” case problem solving.  The results were more informed and documented than in previous years. Students documented field work for analysis in class and office hours. Students read class materials beforehand and annotated documents with iAnnotate to be used during in-class discussions. Students used etexts and downloaded Keynote presentations on their iPads which increased participation during lecture. Students used iPads for other courses.  Students worked together to come up with solutions to problems that differed from ones proposed by instructor.  Some students saved money by buying etexts instead of hardcopies of books.


Joseph Burkard


Advanced Pathophysiology
Pharmacology II


Dr. Joseph F. Burkard is an Associate Professor at University of San Diego in the DNP/PhD programs and a certified registered nurse anesthetist/researcher at University of California San Diego. After 31 years in the Navy, Joseph Burkard, DNSc, CRNA was looking for a teaching position in which he could work with doctoral students while continuing to practice anesthesia.  Dr. Burkard joined the University of San Diego’s Hahn faculty as Associate Professor in 2008.  He helped plan the current DNP program, and he continues to teach in that program and the MEPN program.

Dr. Burkard began his Navy career as a hospital corpsman, advanced to chief petty officer, and was commissioned a Nurse Corps officer through the Medical Enlisted Commissioning Program.  He earned his DNSc in acute/critical care at University of Tennessee, Memphis.  At Naval Medical Center San Diego, Dr. Burkard served as Program and Research Director of the Nurse Anesthesia Program and as assistant chairman of the Institutional Review Board.  His career deployments included service as a critical care nurse in Operation Desert Storm, 1991 and a four month humanitarian mission on Hospital Ship USNS Comfort in 2007 to 13 Central and South American countries. 

Dr. Burkard has served as adjunct faculty for Kaiser Permanente’s Nurse Anesthesia Program, is a past president of California Association of Nurse Anesthetists, and a former member of American Association of Nurse Anesthetists’ Council on Accreditation.  He currently serves as visiting professor for health policy at Samuel Merritt University, Oakland, represents Hahn School of Nursing for USD’s Senate and is Jonas Foundation Military Merit Fellow. 

Dr. Burkard’s research interests include post-traumatic stress in returning veterans, pain management, evidence-based practice, post-operative nausea and vomiting, and stress/crisis management simulation training. Dr. Burkard recently completed a one-year post-doctoral American Association of Colleges of Nursing fellowship with a “partnering classroom to clinical” focus.
Brief Description Students in four clinical courses will use the device to blog, prepare for and record simulation experiences in a lab setting. Faculty will feed exam-credit questions into the weekly discussion boards in support of the exercises.
Outcomes One class saw an evolution of individual applications, weekly pathophysiology assessments, PowerPoint or Keynote presentations done with applications imbedded in the presentations, and evaluations of several e-books. Students expressed enhanced learning of complex material, and found that many of the applications identified are not only useful in learning, but additional useful for actual everyday nursing practice. The iPads increased student creativity and collaboration.  Students would stay after class to collaborate which never happened prior to the iPads.

Simon Croom

Simon Croom


Sustainable Global Supply Chain Management
Biography Dr. Simon Croom is Professor of Supply Chain Management in the School of Business. He is also a visiting professor at Warwick Business School in the UK, where he began his work on e-learning in the late 1990s. AT USD Dr Croom has led the development of the MS in Supply Chain Management to be a highly recognized and innovative program. In 2011 he won the ‘best academic course’ award with Alan Betts for their developments on the MSCM 552 Operational Processes course for their focus on student centred learning through the application of Curatr within CE8/Blackboard. Dr Croom is also widely published in supply chain management and e-learning.
Brief Description

The aim of this project is to use the iPad to assist student learning through integration of apps and iTunesU within Blackboard, and to enable students to undertake research in the business community into sustainable practices.

Students will be driven to build and curate their own course resources, using sustainable resources, and provide students with a learner-centered experience driven by extensive interaction between the cohort and faculty. Apps include: Curatr, TED talks, iTunesU, The Guardian, Green News.
Outcomes Students experienced and increased use of collaborative resources and engagement with a wider range of learning media. Students engaged with Curatr to manage their learning resources and interact with each other. Evernote allowed students to record the audio of interviews and lectures.  Students also used the iPad’s camera to take pictures of the notes on the board.

Randa Jad-Moussa

Randa Jad-Moussa


Arabic Language
Biography Randa Jad-Moussa is a lecturer of Arabic at the University of San Diego and the University of California, San Diego. Professor Moussa is thoroughly interested in Task Based Learning and Project Based proficiency guided learning enhanced and facilitated by modern technologies. She believes that her engaging, cultural-technological approach to teaching Arabic enables students to acquire language skills in a manner that keeps them engaged, motivated, and confident in their abilities to learn. She has researched, published and presented at several national conferences on the topic of Technology integration in the curriculum and the implications of Web 2.0 applications for education and language learning. Professor Jad-Moussa has been engaged in the iPad task Force at USD since its inception.
Brief Description Students will access their course materials and enrichments in the learning management system. Other apps are aimed to improve their recognition, fluency, and vocabulary of the Arabic language.  Apps include:Flashcardlet, Bb Mobile Learn, AIKtaab online book companion, Keynote, Demibooks Composer.
Outcomes The iPads measurable improved scores in word recognition, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension.  They also improved time-on-task, measured by built in tools in both Blackboard and the online book companion. They improved chances for interaction with authentic resources and increased intercultural communication competence. The iPad provided an easy to use Arabic keyboard. Students also used, with great success, iMovie and other apps to collaborate and create multimedia projects that improved than cultural nuances in projects more than any previous class. Students also used Flashcards app to aid in studying.

Drew M. Talley

Drew Talley


Biological Oceanography II
Biography Drew Talley, PhD, teaches a variety of courses including Introduction to Physical Oceanography, Biological Oceanography, Graduate Statistics and Experimental Design, and Life in the Sea. His overall research focuses on understanding connectivity across habitat boundaries, and assessing how that interdependence between systems changes with anthropogenic influence both locally (e.g., through habitat loss) and globally (e.g., through climate change). He owns several iOS devices, and his research was profiled on Apple's website (
Brief Description Students will learn to use the mobile device to reference and annotate papers, do field identification, science communication from the classroom, field, and home.  Apps to include Papers, Camera, Penultimate, Keynote, Blogsy.
Outcomes Students learned to construct and present attractive, informative presentations that far exceeded what similar students have done with desktop software. Students used blogs to inform the public about local organisms of interest. Students also collaborate to find solutions to technical issues.