Technology

iPads: Fit for Purpose and Warranty

The iPad was the device of choice because it was fit for both purpose and warranty on our trip.  ”Fit for purpose” meaning that the iPad had to demonstrate that it was useful for the course and travel objectives, and “fit for warranty” meaning that it had to work and be “useful” without hindering students from their academic and travel objectives.  Although we’ve assumed much so far, we hope to prove both of these assumptions in our experiment with MK348.  Much of this will depend on the feedback of students.

Preparation

The Sellinger School of Business owns thirty iPad 2′s that they keep on a shared cart for faculty and students to use in their classes.  These iPads were reconfigured as such:

  • iBook containing travel information (created using iBook Author)
  • PDF files of
    • Company information
    • Course Readings
    • Student Presentations
  • Document templates
    • Assignments
    • Company evaluations
    • Samples of student work
  • Apps
    • iBooks
    • Pages
    • WiFi Finder (offline capable)
    • Europe Map (offline capable)
    • Google Translate

Facilitation of Learning Outcomes

The objectives of this course is to immerse students in broader cultures; to realize the larger world they live in.  As a Jesuit institution, Loyola values immersion education believing that through experience we are enlightened.  Experience translates to education through discernment, another Jesuit ideal, often paralleled with critical thinking.  This type of thought leads to creativity which can be illustrated in many ways.  We have all seen how technology can facilitate the outcome of creativity, giving it a medium that may have never before existed with tools that never before were accessible.  The iPad’s portability, power, and flexibility as a platform can increase student engagement, encourage creativity, and, therefore, enhance learning outcomes.

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