iPads in Higher Education - Ambitious Project at University of Minnesota
Later this month, the University of Minnesota’s College of Education and Human Development will issue iPads to all freshmen, about 450 total. Students are receiving the devices this fall so they can be prepared to use them for spring coursework. Faculty will examine how iPad use relates to student retention, engagement and learning outcomes. Private funding, not tuition, is paying for the devices.
iPad in Higher Education - Apps for Scholars
iPads in Higher Education - Faculty Learning Communities at Indiana University
I’ve reported on iPad projects and pilots at colleges and universities in previous posts. Indiana University is approaching the integration of iPads through Faculty Learning Communities (FLCs). The primary goal of an FLC is to explore best practices in teaching and learning. Each FLC has eight faculty and three FLCs are working on iPad integration. These 24 faculty will share iPad kits of 25 iPads per kit. Faculty and students will use the iPads to explore their role and value in teaching and learning. Faculty are supported by IT and staff from centers for teaching and learning. FLC members meet every two weeks to discuss their experiences and will produce a report in January 2011 on findings from the Fall 2010 term. A final report on FLC findings is due June 2011.
E-textbook Experiments - Comments from Creators and Users
In recent weeks I’ve written about both Inkling and Reed College. Lynn Neary at NPR brings us a story concerning e-textbooks that addresses both topics. The CEO of Inkling talks about the future of textbooks, a Reed College professor compares Kindle and iPad pilots at Reed, and three students comment on the iPad as a replacement for textbooks and other course readings.
University of Adelaide Will Replace Science Textbooks with iPads
In previous posts I’ve written about iPad projects and pilots at U.S. colleges and universities. Not all projects are happening in the U.S. however. The University of Adelaide in Australia plans to replace traditional undergraduate science textbooks with iPad versions. As a result, all students who enroll in an undergraduate science degree for 2011 will get a free iPad. Print-based science textbooks will be phased out over a period of years and replaced with content on the iPad.
iPad Apps for Instructors and Students
Connie L. Bauer, Ph.D., has a new site focusing on iPad Apps for Instructors & Students. Categories of apps are Classroom, Create/Edit, View/Store Files, eBook Readers, Social Networking, Utilities, Web, and Miscellaneous. While at the site, you can also visit her “About Me” page, where she describes using the iPad as her primary computer. Dr. Bauer is an Associate Professor of Marketing at Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI.
iPads in Higher Education - Notre Dame
I wrote recently about iPad initiatives at a number of colleges and universities. Article 1. Article 2. Article 3. We now add to that list Notre Dame. The Notre Dame News has the story of assistant professor of management Corey Angst, who is leading a project management course where all his students are using the iPad. Dr. Angst is a member of Notre Dame’s ePublishing Working Group. Members of this group are exploring and evaluating the value of electronic course materials and mobile devices such as the iPad. Dr. Angst is also blogging about his experiences.
iPads in Higher Education - More Colleges and Universities
To the list of colleges and universities from my previous posts here and here, we add Stanford, Oklahoma Christian University, Long Island University, Northwest Kansas Technical College, and Chicago State University. This article from today’s Huffington Post covers 11 colleges and universities with iPad initiatives. Each schools is introduced with a picture and accompanying link to more information.
Two other institutions not addressed in these articles are Loyola University New Orleans, where students will use the iPad in a new class in digital media, and Abilene Christian University (ACU), exploring iPads in a pilot program with faculty and library staff. Abilene Christian’s campus paper The Optimist was reworked as a digital edition for the iPad, the first campus newspaper of its kind. ACU was also one of the first universities to equip incoming freshmen with iPhones and iPod Touch devices.
iPad in Higher Education - MBA Certificate Program at Rutgers
Following a successful launch this summer, Rutgers University in New Jersey is offering an MBA certificate program in Digital Marketing this fall. All students in the program receive an iPad preloaded with program materials. Customized iPads contain required reading material, including cases, articles and videos. Teachers and students will also use common and custom apps to support class activities. Rutgers faculty and staff worked with a team from Apple to develop the program.
iPads and E-Books in Higher EducationToday’s edition of USA Today offers a thought provoking article on the use of iPads in higher education. The article includes comments by professors and students, a brief review of studies that question the use of interactivity in texts, and examples of colleges and universities who are adopting iPads as devices for teaching and learning.
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