ERIC Number: EJ950784
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Reference Count: N/A
Mobile Perspectives: On iPads--Why Mobile?
Gawelek, Mary Ann; Spataro, Mary; Komarny, Phil
EDUCAUSE Review, v46 n2 p28-30, 32 Mar-Apr 2011
Along with their students, faculty have become co-learners and pioneers in the classroom. With no models to work from, they have had to explore, practice, and discover the iPad's potential for expanding learning. Given the recent and rapidly growing access to a dazzling array of intellectual technologies, faculty and staff at Seton Hill, a liberal arts university focused on excellence in teaching, have seized the opportunity to experiment with and improve the learning experience. The university committed to providing iPads for all full-time faculty, student affairs and academic support service staff, and employees responsible for student recruitment, retention, and athletics. The administration believed that to fully realize the benefits from the new technologies and tools, the majority of the campus community needed to have access to them. Moreover, the entire campus would need to change approaches to and uses of technology. The program, called the Griffin Technology Advantage, had the following key objectives: (1) the creation of a teaching and learning environment that would go beyond the confines of the traditional classroom in time and space; (2) widespread use of mobile technology for instantaneous access to information; (3) deepening of critical and creative thinking through interactive teaching strategies; (4) increased student engagement in learning; and (5) decreased costs for students through the use of e-texts. The university also thought two related objectives might be achieved: enhanced campus vibrancy and increased administrative efficiencies. Key to the success of the Griffin Technology Advantage program is visionary and nimble senior leadership. Having a president who understands current students' learning styles and is willing to match university resources to meet these needs with the full use of technology is essential.
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Computer Uses in Education, Access to Information, Creative Thinking, Liberal Arts, Student Recruitment, Teaching Methods, School Holding Power, College Athletics, Handheld Devices, Influence of Technology, Laptop Computers, Computer System Design, Educational Technology, Program Descriptions, Technology Integration, College Faculty, Student Personnel Services, Academic Support Services
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