As we wrap up a successful spring semester, and begin planning for summer and fall, I’m pleased to announce a new technology initiative: UIW’s Mobile Learning Projects.
These projects, which will be implemented beginning in Fall 2013, involve faculty use of mobile devices to enhance classroom teaching and learning and will fund up to 100 mobile devices. A competitive “Call for Proposals” went out in March and a selection committee reviewed submissions from a cross-section of the university. Six projects were chosen based on criteria such as the project’s incorporation of active learning elements, the potential for transforming the way course materials are presented, and a clear plan for assessing the effectiveness of the devices on student learning.
This last factor, assessment, will be especially important for determining the extent to which mobile devices add value to the teaching/learning process and providing information that will inform us in taking appropriate next steps with regard to future initiatives.
Faculty whose proposals were selected:
Dr. Melinda Adams, Fashion Management: Dr. Adams’ class will use their devices to enhance the marketing of special events via social media, including final projects with client presentation components.
Dr. Joey Lopez, Convergent Media: Dr. Lopez’s students will use iPad minis to prototype apps, produce multimedia features, and study game play.
Dr. Reid Fisher, Athletic Training: Reid’s classes will utilize a very specialized suite of mobile apps, allowing them to work with athletes in the field to diagnose and treat injuries.
Dr. Alberto Rubio, Business Administration: Dr. Rubio’s consumer behavior class will use their devices for field studies of consumer activities, with an emphasis on retail presentation and promotion.
Dr. Elizabeth Urteaga, Feik School of Pharmacy: Elizabeth’s patient assessment class will employ iPads in patient education at the point of care, and enhance physical exam techniques using a three dimensional app called Human Atlas.
Dr. Alison Whittemore, Engineering Management: Dr. Whittemore’s students are conducting an environmental audit of Bonilla Science Hall, with an emphasis on factors such as energy use, air quality, and overall sustainability. The mobile devices will allow them to create better documentation in the field.
While no specific devices were favored or specified in the call for proposals, Apple technology – iPads, iPad minis, or iPod touches – were overwhelmingly requested.
Those faculty whose projects were accepted will attend a Summer Technology Institute, sponsored by the UIW Instructional Technology department, to gain expertise with their devices and learn more about successful assessment techniques. Awardees have also agreed to present their project findings at next year’s Tech Fair.
Please join me in congratulating our awardees, not only for their ideas, but also for their willingness to serve as early adopters of mobile technologies in the classroom.
Vice President for Information Resources and CIO