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Faculty Showcase to present research on mobile tablets


The Office of Information Technology will offer the next Academic Technologies' Faculty Showcase from 2 to 3:30 p.m., Monday April 30, in Alden Library 319.

The presentation, "Using Mobile Tablets in the Higher Education Classroom to Enhance Teaching and Learning," will focus on a study conducted regarding the use of devices to improve the student learning experience.

The presenters include:
•  Jeffrey Anderson, management systems
•  Eugene Geist, associate professor of education
•  Sarah Rist, lab manager and training specialist
•  Yanyan Sun, graduate student
•  Nick Yinger, graduate student

"Mobile computing holds much promise for students and faculty," said Jeffrey Anderson. "During the past winter quarter, students and faculty participated in a pilot study, using the Sprint/HTC tablet for course work. In our presentation, we will discuss the various instructional pedagogy used by faculty during the study."

The study was conducted through the collaborative efforts of Ohio University Faculty, the Office of Information Technology, Sprint and HTC. Experimenters tested students’ interaction with an HTC tablet.

"One approach used was the 'flipped' classroom, which inverts traditional in-class and out-of class learning activities," said Anderson. "We will also discuss how students used the devices for coursework, student reaction to mobile learning and some recommendations for future deployment of mobile devices."

This free event is open to the public. Additional Faculty Showcases will take place in the summer.