Thursday, December 8, 2011

Welcome to the L&C iPads in Education Blog!

Late in December, 15 faculty were notified that they would receive iPads as part of L&C’s iPads in Education program. Information Technology and Watzek Library were funded with Strategic Initiative Funds to explore putting iPads in the hands of faculty across all three campuses and then partnering with these faculty to explore innovative ways they can incorporate the iPads into their teaching and learning process. Along with the faculty, IT Consultants and Librarians were also given iPads so that they could support the faculty in their endeavors. This blog is a place where those awarded iPads can share their experiences.

The Apple iPad has the potential to change how faculty interact with technology for the purpose of teaching. With the small size and touch screen, iPads can be more flexible in a classroom setting than a laptop. With the plethora of apps (short for applications) being created for the iPad, there is tremendous potential for how this new technology can be used to enhance the teaching and learning process.

The fifteen faculty awarded iPads in the first phase of this program are the following:

  • Cecilia Benenati, Instructor in Spanish
  • Andrae Brown, Assistant Professor of Counseling Psychology
  • Ken Clifton, Associate Professor of Biology
  • Bob Goldman, Professor of Sociology
  • Daena Goldsmith, Professor of Rhetoric & Media Studies
  • Greg Hermann, Associate Professor of Biology
  • Rob Kugler, Paul S. Wright Professor
  • Lydia Loren, Professor of Law
  • Erica Lyman, Clinical Professor & Acting Director of IELP
  • Dawn Montgomery, Assistant Professor of Educational Administration
  • Michael Olich, Associate Professor of Theatre
  • Ellen Seljan, Assistant Professor of Political Science
  • Stepan Simek, Associate Professor of Theatre
  • Stephen Tufte, Associate Professor of Physics
  • Ted Vogel, Associate Professor of Art

Faculty who were selected are expected to contribute monthly to this blog discussing interesting apps that they have explored or various settings where they have employed the use of the iPad. Faculty with personal iPads can also contribute to this blog and should contact if they would like to participate. Faculty will also complete a survey at the end of each of three semesters providing formal feedback of their experience using the iPad.

The second phase of the program will occur during Spring Semester, 2012 at which time an additional 5 iPads will be awarded.