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Title: In the Trenches: Pinnacles and Pitfalls of Notebook Programs from a Faculty Perspective


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In the TrenchesPinnacles and Pitfalls of
Notebook Programs from a Faculty Perspective
  • Jennifer Bolt
  • Acadia Institute for Teaching Technology

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Dealing with Organizational Change
PERFORMANCE
The Trench
Managing Transitions, William Bridges
T I M E
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Overview
  • Context Why we use notebook technology (how did
    we get in the trench)
  • Best Practices Meeting faculty needs
  • Lessons Learned The pitfalls
  • Student Feedback Survey says
  • Your questions and comments

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Why Use Technology?
Why Bother? www.tltgroup.org/gilbert/WhyBother.ht
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  • Accessing essential learning applications
  • Developing new instructional capabilities
  • Meeting varied learning styles
  • Meeting new student expectations
  • Overcoming difficult or impossible access
  • Creating information literacy
  • Preparing students for the real world
  • Narrowing the digital divide..and many more.

Problems at Acadia
  • Remain competitive
  • Manage limited resources

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Our Mission
  • To improve learning for students

Any time access to the worlds resources at the
preferred work place of the student
Best Practice 1Make Sure Everyone Knows Why
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Why mobile computing?(leased, standard model,
wired)
  • Students are mobile creatures
  • Students work/study at odd hours
  • Technology tools must be evergreen
  • Wired networks, today, are faster and more secure
  • Standardization allows for excellent technical
    support
  • Standardization allows for classroom environment
    to change

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Acadia Advantage 2003
  • 4,300 notebooks
  • Standard software
  • Technology Use 928 online courses 215,000
    online tests 3,082 e-discussion groups
  • Innovation Projects 67 faculty involved
  • Partnerships
  • Interdisciplinary faculty
  • Faculty Student
  • University - Schools

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Best Practice 2Invest Heavily in Support

IT Support at Acadia
Jennifer BoltDirectorAITT
Kim RoseDirectorUser Support Centre
Kerri BrewsterDirectorComputing Services
(203)
(1240)
(158)
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AITT
  • To provide leadership in the creation of
    innovative learning experiences and teaching
    environments.
  • Training
  • Application Development
  • Pedagogical Leadership
  • Research
  • Technical Support

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Best Practice 3 Different Strokes for
Different Folks
  • Technology Adoption Curve
  • Workshops
  • Templates
  • Web pages
  • Collaboration
  • Information
  • Resources
  • In-class help
  • Email
  • PowerPoint
  • Pilot projects
  • Development
  • Showcases
  • Consulting

Early Adopters
Late Adopters
Majority

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Virtual Labs
  • Pre-class preparation
  • In-class support
  • Post-class review

Data Collection
  • Interactivity
  • Problem-based learning

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Jump START(Selecting Technology And Resources
for Teaching)
  • 3 Easy Steps
  • 1 Fill-in a Request Form
  • 2 Attend a Workshop(s)
  • Effective PowerPoint Design
  • Online Assessment Strategies
  • Effective Web Resources
  • Introduction to Website Design
  • 3 Review Student Work
  • and GO!

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Best Practice 4Save Time for Faculty
  • Pare down applications with a focus on time
    saving features eg. ACME
  • Build reusable, multi-purpose
  • learning objects
  • Leverage the talents, energy and influence of
    students
  • Meet faculty on their turf eg. New Faculty
    Support Plan

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Life in the Trenches
  • Laptop U the program is NOT the laptop
  • Did not manage student expectations
    aggressively
  • Early Adaptors become Gadget Geeks
  • Intimidation factor of showcasing the cool stuff
  • What next.?
  • Explain the full cost of the program emphasis
    teaching objectives
  • Develop and promote laptop use outside of class
  • Accept proposals that begin by answering why
    require evaluation
  • Share time savers and simple ideas involve those
    most reluctant

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Campus Survey Says
  • Primary method of student technology learning is
    help from other students
  • Faculty appreciate individual student assistance
    most
  • Students appreciate the technology for course
    mgmt tool and online access to profs most
  • Students value face-to-face time more
  • Notebook is used more outside of class than
    inand primarily for communications
  • Students always complain about cost, but
    appreciate value
  • Value increases with use
  • Students complain most about unreliable
    technology
  • So do faculty
  • Everyone appreciates the notebook program most
    when they no longer have it

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Jennifer.bolt_at_acadiau.ca
http//aitt.acadiau.ca (see Research,
Projects, Training Programs)
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