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ETUG2015-Mobile Technology Integration in an Applied Science Program: Forestry goes Paperless

As mobile devices continue to proliferate throughout society, the question of how higher education might take advantage of these devices for use in teaching and learning remains unclear. While many institutions now have ‘bring your own device’ (BYOD) policies, others have mandated access to mobile devices at the program or institutional level.

The purpose of this session is present the case of how our department of forestry went about implementing a tablet initiative. The tablet was a required device for both faculty and students entering the program in September 2014 with the intended goals of reducing textbook purchase costs for students, mirroring industry standard practices in mobile device usage and enabling collaborative and active learning in the classroom.

In the session we will share what we have learned thus far in supporting the initiative and reflect on feedback collected from faculty and students in interviews, focus groups and observations throughout the program. At the end of the session, participants should be able to identify the challenges, issues and best practices for implementing a tablet initiative at this level.

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ETUG2015-Mobile Technology Integration in an Applied Science Program: Forestry goes Paperless

  1. 1. Mobile Technology Integration in an Applied Science Program: Forestry goes Paperless Prepared by: Michael Paskevicius Learning Technologies Application Developer Centre for Innovation and Excellence in Learning CIEL Vancouver Island University Welcome to iPad for Dummies | from - http://www.flickr.com/photos/26646199@N05/6986804413/ Author: Wouter de Bruijn http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/deed.en the iOS family pile (2012) | from - http://www.flickr.com/photos/blakespot/6860486028/ Author: blakespot http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/deed.en Twitter on iPad | from - http://www.flickr.com/photos/pennwic/8254681239/lightbox/ Author: Weigle Information Commons http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by- nc-nd/2.0/deed.en
  2. 2. Agenda Origins of the VIU Forestry Tablet Initiative Logistics of launching the program In class observations, usage, popular apps Issues and challenges Future plans Student feedback on the initiative Some takeaways
  3. 3. iPad Investigation - Field Mapping on an iPad 2 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/megstewart/6744596697/) / CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/)
  4. 4. Timeline • May, 2012 Review of program/course learning outcomes • December, 2013 Initial planning for mobile initiative • May, 2014 Ethics proposal for research • August, 2014 Faculty interviews • September, 2014 First year cohort enters program • October, 2014 Initial student survey • 2014-2015 Student interviews • March, 2015 Student and faculty focus group • April, 2015 Year end student survey • May, 2015 Year end faculty interviews Nanaimo Business News (2015). VIU Forestry Department To Go Paperless. http://nanaimobusinessnews.ca/2015/05/14/viu-forestry-department-to-go-paperless/ [Accessed: 31 May 2015]. Assaf, M. (2014) VIU Forestry Department Goes Paperless. VIU News, September 9, 2014. https://www.viu.ca/news/viu-forestry-department-goes-paperless [Accessed: 31 May 2015].
  5. 5. Goals of the Forestry Tablet Project • Reduce textbook purchase costs for students: students will be offered free and/or openly licensed digital textbooks available for reading on the device • Mirror industry standard practices : the forestry industry is gradually using iPads as an industry standard device for navigation as well as access to and collection of data in the field • Enable collaborative learning in the classroom: allow students to use iPads for group work in class and access to the projector to share results (via Apple TV)
  6. 6. iOS Device Selection • Supporting multiple operating systems impossible in the first iteration of the project • (baseline minimum of Air, iPad 2, Mini, Mini with retina display) • Only 3G devices include GPS unit • Single platform: • Allows level playing field for faculty and students • Enable peer support • Availability of tablets to loan • Enable device ownership and management Apple.com. (2014). Apple — ipad — compare ipad models.. [online] Retrieved from: https://www.apple.com/ca/ipad/compare/ [Accessed: 24 Jan 2014]. Device selection based on student survey
  7. 7. CIEL Involvement and Support ● Advising on initial rollout ● Classroom setup and configuration: Apple TV, extra wireless, interactive whiteboards, power ● Initial workshop on tablet basics (http://bit.ly/VIUTabletBasics) ● In class support, ongoing weekly class visits ● Researching of apps for instruction and student learning ● Research project on tablet initiative
  8. 8. Student Privacy, Consent and Acceptable Use Policy Identifiable Privacy Risks ● Creation of Apple IDs - Suggestion of alias or pseudonym when setting up accounts ● Cloud data storage and accounts Acceptable Use Policy ● General acceptable use policy
  9. 9. Peripherals and usage ● Waterproof case (Lifeproof, Otterbox or Griffen) ● Most taking notes on device using external input device ● Use of camera for capturing whiteboard or blackboard diagrams ● Cell phone / calculator / pen and paper side by side for multitasking
  10. 10. Popular Apps PDF Expert Brainscape Evernote SimpleMind Office Apps iOS Productivity Penultimate QuickPics Dropbox Graph Paper + A host of forestry specific apps
  11. 11. Brainscape App • Student generated flashcard decks developed for forestry courses • Flashcards were shared amongst the class • Flashcard decks were collaboratively improved • Instructors started creating decks as well
  12. 12. ● Airdrop not working as expected ● VIULearn (Desire2Learn) usability on tablet ● Lack of mouse pointer on device ● Productivity - multitasking lacking ● Wifi access across and off campus ● Experiences using devices in other courses ● Native Apple formats for docs/spreadsheets ● iOS Updates Issues
  13. 13. The future ● Promote further feedback and engagement in class with iPad ○ Socrative / Polls.io ● Student presentations via AppleTV ● Location based quizzes ○ QuesTInSitu ● September 2015 cohort ● Building apps for forestry processes? ● Undergraduate research - paper comparing tablet GPS, mobile GPS and professional grade Trimble GNSS receiver
  14. 14.  Familiarity with the device and forestry specific applications perceived to increase employability. The fact that it's industry standard, I am excited to go out and apply the mapping and surveying skills in the "real world," when I get a job this summer! I really like how we are learning about the "old school" methods of forestry, but I think it's awesome, that we are learning more relevant/current industry standards. I think it is incredibly cool to be using the iPads because it is a tool being used in the forestry industry. 4 of the jobs I have applied for ask that applicants have experience using the iPad in the field. I have had a few interviews where employers are very interested in my knowledge of iPads. Adding these devices to the program has given my resume an advantage over other applicants and prepared me for work. Based on survey feedback Links to industry
  15. 15.  Students appreciated having access to resources on demand at all times with the ability to search, query, share, annotate and compute electronic resources.  It is nice to be able to do labs on my iPad and hand them in day of. Workload at home is decreased somewhat because of how efficient it is in the classroom with the iPad.  To have the slides available that are being used in class. Taking pictures out in labs or in classroom demonstrations.  Easy access to d2l, and saving assignment sheets  I was biking everyday, so it was so awesome to just have this one device. I didn’t have to choose which textbook to bring that day and hope it was the one that I was going to use in the class. Based on survey feedback Convenience
  16. 16.  Accessing a library of resources on a single device may promote engagement  I feel like I use more books and references because of it. I definitely do actually. Its not difficult to go and get hold of an ebook, especially with VIU having so many links available through the e- library.  You can just maximize efficient use of time. Between classes I am more likely to look over what is going to be in the lecture for the next class then I am if I was having to pull out a book, reference it, grab my laptop, see what pages I had to read. Its just a lot easier to simply flip through and be able to see what we are going to be working on that day. Based on interview and council presentation feedback http://wordpress.viu.ca/council/mobile-learning-with-ipads/ Engagement
  17. 17. Observations Students developed technological competencies using mobile devices and mobile productivity. With students all using the same device there was an opportunity for improved peer-to- peer collaboration. Students share useful apps and workflows leading to shared peer- to-peer competency development. Student didn't require as much technological help as we initially imagined as they worked together and helped one other. I am competent with mobile technology, including tablets (such as an iPad mini, iPad Air, or tablet equivalent) Spring 2015 Fall 2014
  18. 18. Knowledge Sharing Program Level Mobile Device Implementation Document in process 1. Developing rationale 2. Infrastructure planning and required supports 3. Pedagogical approaches http://bit.ly/VIUTablets  Project blog http://wordpress.viu.ca/ipadintegration
  19. 19. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/ Prepared by: Michael Paskevicius Learning Technologies Application Developer Centre for Innovation and Excellence in Learning michael.paskevicus@viu.ca Follow me: http://twitter.com/mpaskevi Blog: http://wordpress.viu.ca/ciel/ Presentations: http://www.slideshare.net/mpaskevi