Track Session 4

10:00 am - 11:15 am Tuesday, March 1  

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Faculty Approaches to Teaching with Mobile Media (Track 1: Media & Mobility)

HeadsUp: A Mobile Tool for Deepening Classroom Discussion (Track 2: Teaching & Learning)

What Things May Come: A Panel Discussion on ePublishing and eBooks (Track 3: The Future of Books)

Personalising Learning with the iPod touch (Track 4: K-12 Education)

Service Desk Battle: Providing Support for Mobile Devices (Track 5: Infrastructure & Logistics)

The Kurogo Open Source Mobile Portal; and Mobile Access to Everything Academic: MOX (Track 6: Campus Spotlights)

Evaluating iPad Pilot Programs (Track 7: Research)


Track 1: Media & Mobility   

Faculty Approaches to Teaching with Mobile Media
10:00 am - 11:15 am Tuesday, March 1
Cynthia Powell, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Chemistry, ACU
Autumn Sutherlin, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biochemistry, ACU 
Jaime Goff, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Marriage and Family Therapy, ACU
Stephen Baldridge, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Social Work, ACU 
Brown Library Core Classroom (room 235)

When podcasting first hit college campuses, it came with several artifacts or ghosts of educational media past. The majority of content focused on lectures, where recording focused on the technical challenge of distributing 60 to 90 minute captures of the classroom experience. The first wave of research emphasized that class captures didn't discourage classroom attendance and improved access for exam review. This faculty panel will consider a range of approaches to faculty and student podcasting beyond the classroom capture model. What other models might capture student attention outside the classroom? How do mobile media players and recorders help create new models? What is the best measure for the success of these models: student test scores, media creation or academic independent skills, or media views or some other engagement measure?

Cynthia Powell is a faculty member in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Abilene Christian University. She earned an M.S. in chemistry at Texas A&M University and a Ph.D. in chemistry at the University of North Texas. She has a growing interest in how students learn and in research into the most effective instructional methods for promoting deep conceptual understanding. Her recent chemistry education research has been focused on the use of podcasts delivered via iPhone or iPod as a scaffolding tool to support inquiry-based chemistry laboratory curriculum.

Autumn Sutherlin has a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Purdue University and has taught undergraduate chemistry courses for seven years at Abilene Christian University. She has used a variety of clickers for four years in introductory chemistry courses and has studied the impact of clickers on student achievement in her classes. As a Mobile Learning Fellow in ACU's Mobile Learning Initiative, Autumn was an early adopter of the ResponseWare App on iPhones and iPod Touches.

Dr. Jaime Goff is Chair of the Department of Marriage and Family Therapy at ACU. She was awarded a Mobile Learning Fellowship during the 2009-2010 academic year for her research on the effects of mobile learning methods on graduate student engagement.

Stephen Baldridge received his Masters and Ph.D. in social work from the University of Texas at Arlington. His research interests include family dynamics, childhood behavior, and using technology in higher education. Future projects include the implantation of mobile technology into college residence halls to develop a cyber community that improves communication and a stronger sense of belonging. In addition to using mobile technology in each of his classes, Stephen consults with school districts around the nation helping them implement mobile technology in the tracking and treating of student behavior. Stephen currently serves on the social work faculty of Abilene Christian University. 

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Track 2: Teaching & Learning

HeadsUp: A Mobile Tool for Deepening Classroom Discussion
10:00 am - 11:15 am Tuesday, March 1
James Langford, Ph.D., Director of Innovation and Implementation, ACU
Kyle Dickson, Ph.D., Director of the AT&T Learning Studio and Associate Professor of English, ACU
McCaleb Conference Room B, Hunter Welcome Center

Much early development in the mobile education space has focused on campus information, content distribution, or textbooks and study aids. When teachers and developers at Abilene Christian asked what common classroom problems were not represented in the first wave of app development, they settled on the small-group discussion. Interviews with faculty and students revealed a wide disparity of practices and compromises in classrooms currently structured around discussion-based or team-based learning. Based on these focus groups, the team developed HeadsUp, a mobile application that seeks to decrease time devoted to group setup and increase the quality and complexity of group interactions.

James Langford serves as Director of Innovation and Implementation at ACU. He has participated throughout the mobile learning project, providing the first ACU mobile site and leading the technical team through the development of the current version. He is an adjunct assistant professor in ACU's iSchool and serves on Google's customer advisory board for education.

Kyle Dickson is the Director of ACU's AT&T Learning Studio as well as a professor of English. He has been a member of the ACU LINK team (Academic Technology) since 2001 and served as co-writer and editor for the ACU Connected proposal. Since 2005, Kyle has given numerous campus and conference presentations on podcasting and evangelized early adoption of iTunes U. Kyle has worked closely with third-party developers and academic departments on iPhone-focused learning tools for teaching across the university, including media flashcards and timelines, smart phone clickers, and coursecasting. 

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Track 3: The Future of Books

What Things May Come: A Panel Discussion on ePublishing and eBooks
10:00 am - 11:15 am Tuesday, March 1
Bill Rankin, Ph.D., Director of Educational Innovation, ACU (moderator)
Sidney Burrus, Ph.D., Dean Emeritus, Rice University
Natalie Ebenreuter, Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs (France)
Martin Fröhlich, Founder and Managing Director, PaperC GmbH (Germany)
Felix Hofmann, Founder and Managing Director, PaperC GmbH (Germany)
Matt MacInnis, Founder and CEO, Inkling
Myriam Ribière, Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs (France) 
McCaleb Conference Room C, Hunter Welcome Center

This panel discussion will explore emerging trends and opportunities in the future of digital books, allowing audience members to pose questions to a group of forward-thinking corporate and academic experts. What features will future textbooks have to have in order to take advantage of emerging pedagogical trends? How will intellectual property laws impact digital texts? What economic and distribution models are emerging, and how will these impact the educational use of digital texts? Session attendees are invited to bring their questions and come prepared for a lively discussion.

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Track 4: K-12 Education

Personalising Learning with the iPod touch
10:00 am - 11:15 am Tuesday, March 1
Louise Duncan, eLearning Coordinator and Lead Teacher, Shepparton High School (Australia) 
McCaleb Conference Room A, Hunter Welcome Center

Practical examples from Australia of how the iPod touch has been used for differentiation in the K12 classroom for ESL (english as a second language), literacy and numeracy support, LOTE (languages other than English) and middle years engagement.

Louise Duncan has been teaching in secondary schools in the Goulburn Valley of Victoria since 1988. She has taken a leading role in the implementation of many ICT programs. At Shepparton High School since 2003, Louise has implemented both ICT rich and personal learning curriculum. She led a team designing a new learning space and personal learning program which has been running successfully at the school for the past five years. The use of iPod touches within this program allowed for the exploration of personal mobile devices to improve student learning. As a result, Louise was awarded the Lindsay Thompson Fellowship in 2009. She was able to continue her research into mobile learning in the UK and US. Louise is part of a team of innovative educators from around Australia bringing the 'SlidetoLearn' event to Shepparton High School in 2010 and the Sunshine Coast in 2011, to share best practice in mobile learning with teachers from across the country.

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Track 5: Infrastructure & Logistics

Service Desk Battle: Providing Support for Mobile Devices
10:00 am - 11:15 am Tuesday, March 1
Greg Smith, Chief Information Officer, George Fox University
Eric Lemmons, PitStop Computer Support Services Coordinator, ACU
Scott Miller, Solutions Center Manager, Seton Hill University 

How will the increased adoption of more powerful mobile devices be supported by our university? Will our traditional academic computing habits prevent our students from taking advantage of these new opportunities?

George Fox University has experienced the unique opportunity of supporting an undergraduate laptop program of both PC and Apple since laptops existed. This year's decision to offer the iPad as an option has provided for an excellent pilot for observing and supporting this new computing trend. Under Greg Smith's leadership in recent years GFU has implemented the PeopleSoft ERP Solution, built an LMS based on Moodle and migrated all faculty, staff and students over to Google email and collaboration services. Greg came to the Northwest from the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology, IUPUI. Prior to the IT career in Academia, Greg was a Systems Consultant with Hewlett-Packard, a chemist and computer store owner.

Eric Lemmons graduated from Abilene Christian University with a bachelor's degree in 2007. He started working for the ACU full-time in 2008 as the university began to launch it's mobile learning initiative. He currently heads up the Team55 and Helpdesk "PitStop", which fields walk-up technology support for the university. He is also responsible for iPhone warranty repairs for faculty, staff, and students. Additionally, he facilitates any student Apple hardware warranty repairs. He is a central piece of the current support model for the iPhones and iPod touches distributed on campus.

Scott Miller is the Solutions Center Manager and Work Study Trainer at Seton Hill University. Through the Griffin Technology Advantage at Seton Hill, students are provided with the top technology and collaborative learning tools, including iPads for all full-time undergraduate students as of Fall 2010. Scott will discuss the support and training involved in transforming a campus culture to one of mobility and technology leadership.

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Track 6: Campus Spotlights

The Kurogo Open Source Mobile Portal
10:00 am - 11:15 am Tuesday, March 1
Pete Akins, Developer, Modo Labs, Inc.
Shore Art Gallery

Mobile portals are important to all institutions. Students, employees and the public are increasingly using mobile devices to consume campus services and expectations are growing. Kurogo is a highly customizable, open-source framework that has gone through several iterations from its beginnings at MIT. Its goal is to provide institutions with an open-source solution that is easy to use, but also highly extendable and customizable, with the support of a growing community. This presentation will highlight the features of Kurogo and document existing uses showing its extensibility and power.

Peter Akins is a developer at Modo Labs, a Cambridge, Massachusetts based startup company. His primary role involves coordinating the open-source efforts of the company for their Kurogo mobile project. This framework is based on the MIT Mobile Framework and provides a way for institutions easily to create mobile portals that are fully customizable and extendable, including mobile web as well as native clients. Previously, Akins worked at the University of Cincinnati's college of DAAP where he developed the mobilAP project, an open-source event and academic management system.

Mobile Access to All Things Academic: MOX
10:00 am - 11:15 am Tuesday, March 1
Lee M. Colaw, Chief Information Officer, Amarillo College
Shore Art Gallery

More than 99 percent of students have a mobile device. They text, tweet, call, search, and more, and they’re just waiting for teachers to give them mobile access to all things academic. See how one institution answered the call with Datatel MOX, a powerful application that gives all campus constituents an easier way to manage their academic and work experience. MOX delivers maps, contacts, directories, news, notifications, and events straight to the smart phone, giving students, faculty, and staff anytime access to the important information they need.

Lee M. Colaw began his career on June 2, 2009 serving Amarillo College as the dean for information technology services and chief information officer. A native of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Colaw earned his Bachelor of Science degree in zoology from Oklahoma State University in 1975, his Masters of Science in computing and information sciences from Oklahoma State University in 1985, a Masters of Science in business administration from Boston University in 1987, and graduated from the United States Army Command and General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas in 1991. He is currently responsible for providing a visionary, service-oriented, and contemporary technology program for a public community college, dedicated to providing educational, cultural and community services and resources to enhance the quality of life for the diverse population in the service area. He is responsible for all aspects of college computing.

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Track 7: Research

The Modern Textbook for the Modern Student
10:00 am - 11:15 am Tuesday, March 1
Richard S. Lytle, Ph.D., Professor of Marketing and Dean of the College of Business Administration, ACU
Alumni Conference Room, Hunter Welcome Center

For centuries, tangible printed text has been at the heart of learning for mankind. Today, elementary through collegiate education continue to be dominated by traditional printed textbooks. Textbook efficacy results from a variety of factors including, but not limited to content, size, sequencing of material, breadth of scope, and layout (colors, inserts, and pictures). However, this longstanding learning form may be heading for antiquity. Today, learning material is being published in digital format for use on mobile devices which could eventually replace the traditional classroom textbook.

The purpose of this research is to explore student and faculty perceptions regarding learning with digital textbooks on mobile devices. Specifically, last fall we conducted a study about the iPad mobile device and the Inkling eTextbook within the educational system. We surveyed faculty and administration at Abilene Christian University, Texas A&M University, University of Texas, and the Abilene Independent School District. The purpose of the survey was to discover the opinions teachers and administration relative to the use of the iPad as an educational tool and the eTextbook as a replacement for traditional, physical textbooks. Three hundred ninety-eight respondents from a variety of different departments and educational perspectives completed the survey. Respondents were asked about their experience with the iPad and their opinions about its usefulness in the classroom and to learning in general. We also asked questions about the characteristics of physical textbooks that are most important to them, seeking how the best of the traditional textbook can be translated onto an iPad eTextbook. Overall, our research findings indicate significant positive evaluation of the iPad and the eTextbook as an educational tool. An overwhelming 91% of respondents stated that they thought the iPad was a "generally useful product." Moreover, 82% of respondents believed the iPad would be useful specifically in a classroom situation. Finally, over half (60%) of the respondents indicated they would actually consider buying an iPad in the near future. The study reveals a variety of opinions, interesting information, and trends regarding the iPad, eTextbooks, and learning. We believe the knowledge discovered through our research could open doors to a higher level of learning for educational institutes everywhere. The iPad and Inkling have introduced the modern textbook for the modern student.

Richard S. Lytle is a Professor of Marketing and has been Dean of Abilene Christian University's internationally accredited College of Business Administration (COBA) since 1999. Before joining ACU's business faculty in 1991, Rick worked professionally for Volkswagen of America, Inc., in Troy, Michigan and Tenneco and Amoco Oil Production Companies in Denver, Colorado. He has consulted with a variety of firms, conducting research that revolves around his work in organizational strategy, service culture and customer satisfaction. Rick also serves on the boards of Hallal Worship, Franklin, Tennessee and CEO Forum, Colorado Springs, Colorado. His most recent book Abandon the Ordinary: Building a Distinctive Leadership Brand in Business, Family, and Church was released by ACU/Leafwood Press October 2010.

iPad as an Effective Technology for Taking an Online Program
10:00 am - 11:15 am Tuesday, March 1
Scott Hamm, D.Min., Online Instructional Designer, ACU
Alumni Conference Room, Hunter Welcome Center

The emergence of mobile technology has presented extensive opportunities for asynchronous learning and collaboration among students and instructors, particularly in online learning. It allows individuals to access course materials and information virtually any time and any place and provides promising prospects for the future of education and pragmatic instruction. The predominant objective of this study was to explore students’ perceptions of their utilization of the Apple iPad across varying environments (i.e. school/work, home and travel) and activities to evaluate the advantages and obstacles of engaging such innovations. Additional measures assessed for participant usage, collaboration with peers and instructors, engagement and the potential educational value of the device. Identification of which aspects of the iPad separate it from comparable mobile technologies currently being employed was also investigated.

Scott Hamm is an instructional designer, researcher, and adjunct faculty member at Abilene Christian University. Scott completed undergraduate studies in Education at Penn State and has a graduate degree in Religious Education at Abilene Christian University and a doctorate in Educational Ministry from the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth. Recent publications include a chapter in Best Practices in the Integration of Faith and Learning for Adult and Online Learners by Triangle Press and an article titled "Four Factors in Student Perception in Online Learning" in the International Journal of Educational Leadership Preparation. Scott also has an article pending in the Journal of Teaching Theology and Religion on formative integration in the online environment.

Enhancing Mobility and Productivity for MBA Students: The iPad as a Professional Tool
10:00 am - 11:15 am Tuesday, March 1
Patricia Burr, Ph.D., Distinguished Chair of International Business, University of the Incarnate Word
Marshall Eidson, Chief Information Officer, University of the Incarnate Word
Alumni Conference Room, Hunter Welcome Center

UIW's year-long iPad Pilot Program, begun in August 2010, is integrated into the MBA Program, and iPads are supplied at no cost to all students in the Program. Student achievement and successes are assessed for best practices and learning challenges on a frequent basis. Lessons learned address learner fear, coaching for appropriate application use, incorporating technology without robbing discipline content, translating new skill sets into next day's on-the-job environment, and acknowledging challenges of providing campus technology support. Included for discussion are an eight-week-use plan, examples of applications used, costs involved, and class photos and student feedback.

Patricia Burr directs the Center for International Peace Studies at UIW and chairs the iPad project within the University's MBA Program. She also serves on the University Technology Innovators Task Force. Patricia has received five Fulbright Awards and writes a quarterly column for the Texas Computer Education Association's publication, TechEdge.

Marshall Eidson has served as the CIO at the University of the Incarnate Word since August 2010. Previously, he was the Associate VP for IT at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. Marshall also worked for SunGard Higher Education in the areas of instructional technology and enterprise application management, as well as serving as a CIO for a client site in Texas.

Freed-Hardeman University's iPad Pilot (Summer 2010 & Fall 2010)
10:00 am - 11:15 am Tuesday, March 1
M. Monte Tatom, Ed.D., Director of the Quality Enhancement Program, Freed-Hardeman University
Alumni Conference Room, Hunter Welcome Center

Freed-Hardeman University (FHU) began an iPad Pilot during the Summer 2010 term with the General Chemistry 1 class (4 students) during June and the General Chemistry 2 class (5 students) during July. The iPad Pilot was continued during the Fall 2010 term with Technical Theater Production 1 (11 students), Technology and the Special Education Teacher (4 students), Natural Resource Conservation (12 students), Introduction to Photography (15 students), and Human Resource Management (9 students). Results will be shared from our qualitative research of FHU iPad Pilot that was conducted during Summer 2010 and Fall 2010. Comments will be shared from both the students and faculty that were involved in the pilot concerning the use of the iPad and various Apps that were utilized.

Monte Tatom began a new journey in June 2010 when he was named Director of Quality Enhancement Program (QEP) at Freed-Hardeman University. It is a journey that he is enjoying, and prays that this will assist his institution becoming the best that she can be when it comes to integrating technology in the learning process. The QEP is titled "The iLearn Program: Integrating Student Learning and Collaborative Technology". In this role he has the unique opportunity to interact with technology as the lead qualitative researcher. He also teaches regularly in the online program in Graduate Studies in Education.


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The State of Mobile Learning
Students using iPhones in classroom discussion
So much about the way we teach, learn and communicate is up for grabs. Educators are using new tools and technologies to reach their students - but what does the future hold?
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