April 5, 2013
The purpose of this initiative is to enable University of Richmond faculty members to explore, and ultimately utilize mobile technology in their teaching. Since the beginning of this program, we have found that incorporating these mobile technologies can enhance the student educational experience as well as the potential to aid in research and personal productivity. These mobile technologies certainly provide for interesting and unique opportunities in higher education.
We believe that mobile technologies have the ability to transform learning, change how professors transmit knowledge, and effectively change how students acquire, interact with, and use knowledge.
This program is intended to support faculty members interested in integrating a mobile device, apps, and web-based tools into a specific course that they teach. For those accepted into the Mobile Device Initiative, the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology will distribute the mobile technology to faculty for one full year. The students participating in the course for which the application was submitted will receive the mobile device for one semester.
When drafting your application, faculty are strongly encouraged to collaborate with their CTLT Liaison. Your CTLT Liaison is available to work with you to further develop and implement classroom activities during the semester.
Faculty members selected to receive a mobile device will be asked to collaborate and share their experiences with other program participants. In addition, faculty members will be asked to share their experience with the campus community through other CTLT initiatives (such as the Learning@Richmond Newsletter, Workshop participation, Pizza & Pedagogy Lunches, PETE events, PETE: After Hours, etc.) Participation in these events is optional. To add to our growing knowledge base of learning impact, students will be asked to complete a brief survey on their experiences with the mobile device, at the end of the semester. (Results from previous surveys are available.)
- How will learning improve by providing ready, portable access to course materials for reference and review?
- How will the device support collaborative learning by facilitating storage and sharing of course-related materials among students and between students and instructors?
- How will the device provide richer learning experiences through the integration of audio and/or video-based resources?
- How will the device support learning and research in authentic field settings?
- How will the device simplify course delivery or reducing time needed for course management?
- … be specific, including which apps you plan to use on the device.
Proposals will be reviewed by CTLT staff. Priority will be given to first time applicants. Applying faculty members will be notified by a CTLT Liaison regarding the selection decision via email. The device will be distributed to selected faculty as soon as possible after the selection process.
Ownership of the mobile device will rest with the University. Faculty and students will be able to download free apps, however additional apps for purchase will be the responsibility of the individual faculty/student, and made through his or her personal iTunes account. A $50 iTunes gift card will be provided to each participating faculty member.
The CTLT has inventory for supporting 2-3 classes using iPod Touches and 2-3 classes using iPad 2s. The iPod Touches do not have a camera but can perform audio recordings. The iPads have front facing (webcam quality) and rear facing (720p video quality) cameras. The mobile devices contain WiFi access only. Please contact your CTLT liaison for more device dependent information.
Please download and complete the MDI Fall 2013 Application. When drafting your application, faculty are strongly encouraged to collaborate with their CTLT Liaison. You should submit your finished proposal to email@example.com by Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at 5:00pm.
June 24, 2010
Welcome to the Mighty Mac: Applications and Actions.
How to map to netfiles:
- In Finder mode, click Go > Connect to Server
- Type in: smb://netfiles.richmond.edu/users/<first letter of netid>/<netid>
June 17, 2009
Should an institution of higher education dictate a particular technology for student use? This is the question arising around the University of Missouri School of Journalism’s decision requiring all majors to purchase and iPhone or iPod Touch. The school’s rationale for this decision is to provide students with lectures, allow the student immediate access to the Internet for fact checking and for watching instructional videos. Coming against strong pressure, the school clarified its policy to say it recommends the use of iPhones or iPod Touches but that students could use “any web-enabled, audio-video player” which meant Microsoft’s Zune or RIM’s Blackberrys.
March 3, 2009
- The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW)
- Cult of Mac (Wired)
- The Apple Blog
- The O’Reilly Digital Media Center
- Mac Rumors
- Mac Mojo Office for Mac Team Blog
- OS X Leopard Hints
- Apple Tell
- Leopard @ Gizmodo
- Think Mac
- Mac OS X Tips
- MacMost Podcast
- Leopard Keyboard Shortcuts
- Top 15 Leopard Hints
- New to Mac? Start here
- Mac 101: Set your preferences
- Apple.com: Mac OS X Leoprd: Features
- Lifehacker: Leopard: Manage Multiple Desktops with Spaces
- Office Keyboard Shortcuts
- How to burn a CD
- Quicksilver YouTube Tutorial
- Apple Widget Warehouse
- Open Office (free alternative to MS Office)
- Magnify Tool