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NTLTC 2011 - iPads and blended learning

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NTLTC 2011 - iPads and blended learning

  1. 1. Developing an IPAD based blended learning Module in Auto-Electronics 1 November 2011 James Mackay and Shane Taplin Wellington Institute of Technology
  2. 2. Changing Teaching and Learning Practice in Auto electronics <ul><li>Blended Learning </li></ul><ul><li>Using iCircuit </li></ul><ul><li>Converting to ebooks </li></ul><ul><li>Using the Learnzone site at WelTec </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluating the model </li></ul>
  3. 3. The general plan Integrating iPads, eBooks and hands on practical work with the LearnZone site at WelTec:
  4. 4. A bit about Blended Learning <ul><ul><li>Collaborative </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Activity Based </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Authentic and challenging tasks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Plenty of feedback, (reflective self and peer assessment as well as formative tutor feedback) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Focus on developing and / or changing mental models </li></ul></ul>Principles of an effective learning environment
  5. 5. A bit about Blended Learning <ul><ul><li>Technology is the delivery system for effective learning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Used to increase access – new technology is not an end in itself. The focus should not be the technology, the technology is the hook. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Simulations by themselves are as bad as only hands on practical – However, a combination of simulations and hands on practical work yield the best results </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Need to use the principles of an effective learning environment </li></ul></ul>Principles of using technology in the classroom
  6. 6. Using iCircuit <ul><ul><li>Focused on eradicating Common Misconceptions about DC circuits </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Allows students to explore basic concepts and work out relationships between quantities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The simulation then uses iCircuit to build and check circuits on the iPad befor building and check real circuits </li></ul></ul>Year 1 Auto electrical students – Understanding Networks of resistors
  7. 7. Using iCircuit Year 2 Auto electrical students : Example of a voltage regulator
  8. 8. eBooks <ul><ul><li>Advantages </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>- Semi interactive </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>- Reduce student resource material size and weight </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Can link to a Learning Management System (LMS) </li></ul></ul></ul>Purpose of eBooks
  9. 9. Circuit simulation links <ul><li>http ://www.indiabix.com/electronics-circuits/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.falstad.com/circuit / </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.indiabix.com/electronics-circuits/differential-amplifier-with-op-amps/   </li></ul>
  10. 10. iCircuit and eBooks on LearnZone <ul><ul><li>Apple – pc incompatibility (a bit clumsy at the moment) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Does not support Adobe Flash® </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Does not support avi media </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can run “Smokescreen” through a server to enable Flash </li></ul></ul>Difficulties and Solutions
  11. 11. Student Feedback <ul><ul><li>iPad freezes and iCircuit has to be restarted </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>(Some symbols and sometimes the whole app freeze) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Too slow, kept closing (freezing) and scope not accurate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Good way to start off learning circuits </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Understood current and voltage relations better </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Better with year 1 than with year 2 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Learned how to construct circuits from a diagram, understod how the circuit worked better and made it easier to construct circuits on a breadboard </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. 1 November 2011 Gail Kirkland and James Mackay James Mackay Wellington Institute of Technology   Wellington Institute of Technology  

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