Professors Megan Mahowald and Deborah Getz had surprises waiting when their students showed up in January. Both instructors distributed tablets to their classes as part of a semester-long pilot project. Each student in Mahowald’s class gets use of an iPad 3, and each student in Getz’s class gets use of a Galaxy Note 8.
Mahowald and Getz volunteered for the IU Bloomington phase of a pilot that kicked off at IUPUI last fall. The aim is to use next generation learning technologies to explore the possibilities and implications of running a class with tablets.
“Access to tablets helps break down barriers and get students actively engaged,” said Mahowald, a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences. “What I love most about this pilot is that we can see how access to technology increases learning and engagement — or how it distracts from it — before asserting that having tablets will help all our undergraduate students.”