MELSIG Event

MELSIG

I attended a Media Enhanced Learning Special Interest Group (MELSIG) event last week Friday. The title of the event was “Smart Devices for Learning: using smartphones, tablets and apps to enhance learning” which was relevant to the BJET iPad project.  I was fortunate to get a slot as I was one of the last two to register for the event. The event was so popular that it had a waiting list of over 60 individuals in case someone dropped out. The event provided me the opportunity to network with other academics and also to learn about how they are using tablets for academic practices. Continue reading MELSIG Event

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Launched Survey

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I finally got ethics clearance from the Business School ethics panel on December 11 to go ahead with the project. I launched the survey on December 12 and the Business School Teaching and Learning Committee’s (STLC) secretary sent the survey link and project information to all academic staff members within the Business School on my behalf. The response rate has been low so far which is probably due to the holiday break. An email reminder was sent out today (Jan 8) to all academic staff members. Continue reading Launched Survey

Seeking Ethics Approval

I spent this week working on and submitting the ethics application form to the Business School ethics panel. I am hopeful that I will get a quick yes so that I can send out the first survey to colleagues in the Business School asap. Feedback from the project steering group members has helped refine the initial draft survey questions. I believe the revised survey questions will produce rich data that help me know how academics are using the school-issued iPads for their academic practices. The plan is to send out the first survey early December and conduct some interviews/focus groups early 2013.

I also watched a 20 minutes ALT-C 2012 video by James Clay on “Taking the tablets: how are tablets used in learning and teaching?” which I would recommend. James Clay is the ILT and Learning Resources Manager at Gloucestershire College.

A great quote by James Clay on the need to focus on the affordances of the iPads and not see them as computer or laptop replacements.

“I have never seen the iPad (or any other modern tablet) as a computer replacement.  Trying to use an iPad as a traditional computer is missing many of the affordances that these devices offer. The other thing is, with Dropbox, cloud storage, Google Docs, etc… people who have and actually use iPads on a regular basis have in my experience never miss USB storage… We need to stop looking at the limitations of these devices and start thinking about the value they add to the learning process.” James Clay (source)

 

Early days

The project officially starts in December and I am currently gathering/curating some literature on iPad research studies which will be posted on resources page once I get around to creating it. I am also working on draft survey and interview questions which I hope to get the project’s SG members’ feedback on.

I attended a JISC RSC online event on ‘Excellence in e-learning – Using Tablet PCs in Education, an online discussion’ earlier today which I found useful. Check out the slides used by Chris Barber (one of the moderators) below.

BERA and HEA funded projects on academics’ use of iPads