Last Wednesday I attended an epic e-learning day in the Teaching Grid. It was a matter of pure coincidence that three separate meetings were organised for the same day – and each session focused on either smart mobile applications, ipads or discussions around e-learning.
The day was inspirational and certainly gave me plenty of things to consider. This blog entry reflects on one aspect of the day – the role of ipads in HE. I don’t personally own an ipad but I have used them on a number of occasions and have recently noticed an increase in the number of people who are experimenting with using this tool in their teaching. The point of the ipadagogy session was to get us to think about how they could be used and to demonstrate several useful applications including Mindmanager, Kindle, dragon (dictation software) and Evernote to name a few.
The following link takes you to an ‘Ipadagogy’ wiki that outlines a number of apps – http://treetops.org.au/groups/ipadagogy/.
Some people believe that the ipad is a “game-changer” as it can potentially empower students to take responsibility for their learning e.g. through finding resources and/or producing their own.
I am still interested to find out more about how ipads are being used in HE. The other day I spoke to a colleague from another department who was keen to provide ipads to students with the reading resources needed for the year preloaded (- a way of using it for disseminating information).
I can see many merits in using the ipad in my own learning – the only problem being I do not own one! With regards to teaching – this still needs some thought from me – logistics such as time to develop applications, availability of applications etc. are all issues that need to be considered. But as the recent Horizon report highlighted more students have smart phones and mobile technology is going to feature in teaching and learning in the future. Ipads are just one vehicle for the numerous applications that have been developed. The impact of this technology on the teaching and learning experience is something I am interested in exploring further…