iPad project - Moving forward

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  • 1. Leeds University Business SchoolIntegrating iPads in our learning, teaching &assessment strategiesReport from a pilot project at Leeds University Business SchooliPad Project Meeting31st July 2012Nicolas ForsansCentre for International BusinessUniversity of Leeds (CIBUL)
  • 2. Key findings from the 2012 pilot• Not ‘plug and play’ – there is a learning curve and support is key • More for effective use of apps than for the actual use of the device• Increased user engagement with the device • Within formal lectures / seminars • Outside• iPad preferred to Android • no contest whatsoever! • 7’ tablets not suitable owing to the small screenLeeds University Business School
  • 3. Use in lectures… •During lectures and seminars – Downloading and reading material – Note taking, including editing of pdf version of handouts – Fact-checking – Lookup facts, extend information and knowledge – Use apps (web, calculator etc) – VLE access •User engagement •Need for support in terms of • app-specific training • appropriate content • suitable infrastructure
  • 4. … and outside of it •Prepare for seminars, extend classes • Access VLE •Associated reading • Web browsing • Blog - read and post – ‘Martini’ learning a key sell • Twitter – Portability and quick access • Note taking – Display – quite simply fantastic • Group work preparation – Battery life – unbeaten! • Reading notes and texts • Skype conversations • Email access • RSS feed monitoring • Calculator etc • TED talks and YouTube videos • Dropbox • ebooks • Newspapers and infotainment
  • 5. iOS vs. android • More usage • Less usage • More reliable • Less reliable - crashes and system hanging • Better display – both bigger and sharper • Varied display qualities and sizes • Apple centric - / + • More devices + / - • Fragmentation - • Lower cost (?)
  • 6. Lessons we’ve learnt • Users were pretty independent • Devices were intuitive • Need an ecosystem of apps and ways of accessing information • Need to support the use of key apps, which will require training to get fastest and most effective engagement and use • No theft, no breakage • It works well, but need for setting • a purpose • new workflows • Infrastructure • Going paperless might be an unrealistic objective, less paper might be more achievable
  • 7. Moving forward I • Devices are only useful within an ecosystem where they have been given a purpose • An attempt to integrate iPads into the curriculum • through identification of learning, teaching and assessment activities that can be better facilitated through iPads • supported by general, and app-specific training (hands-on and through iBooks) to facilitate new workflows • All students on the MSc IB to be equipped with an iPad from September • Book voucher replaced by an iPad voucher / BYOD • Case of modules shared with other programmes • Programme-level "policies" • Programme & Module handbooks in digital form only • Lecture handouts and material in digital form only - uploaded 24 hours before the session at the latest • ebook version of textbook to be "bundled" with the device
  • 8. Moving forward II • Individual module-specific use • For module leaders to decide • Staff support available throughout the year • Guides and iBooks • iPad set up - PDF and iBook • Apps for education guide - .docx • iPad Project Getting Started - iBook • Handout uploaded on the VLE in advance of the session • Student support • Dedicated sessions within 5213M Professional & Research Skills (NF) for productivity-enhancing apps • Ad-hoc sessions (NF) • PDF and iBooks covering specific apps
  • 9. Support
  • 10. What can you do with an iPad?• Content consumption • Material in digital form • Internet access throughout • Collaboration and group work • Video, audio, podcasts, journal and newspaper • Notes and web clips creation, storage and articles sharing with Evernote • Social media • RSS Feed monitoring • Lecture handout and other material for consumption and editing • Communication: Skype / social media• Content creation • PowerPoint presentations created on the device / presented in seminars • Assessment • Video creation - built-in camera and video editing • Quizzes and MCQ tests software • Journal / diary / reflective pieces • Audio / podcast creation - Audioboo • Storytelling • In-seminar research • Mind maps making • Blog contribution / reflective assessment pieces • Content sourced, organised with Evernote then shared through social media