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IPFW faculty to be part of iPad pilot program

Tablet tech is eyed as way to “do more with less.”

Wednesday, August 10, 2011 - 11:10 am

IPFW will join some K-12 schools and education institutions across the state in adding tablet technology in the classroom.

The university will begin testing a program that gives iPads to faculty members for classroom use this semester.

The program was announced Tuesday and is part of a challenge from the American Association of State Colleges and Universities to reimagine undergraduate education, also known as the Red Balloon Project.

“The premise (is) that state dollars are being cut and won't come back; at the same time the expectations for public universities are going up,” said Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs William McKinney in a statement. “So we have two choices: Do more with less or do more differently. We choose to do things differently.”

All IPFW faculty members will be encouraged to apply to participate in the 60-member cohort that will be using the iPads beginning later this month.

The idea is for participants to exchange ideas, work together and support each other as they explore how iPads can be used as educational tools.

Members will receive training on how to use the iPad and participate in four to five additional meetings during fall semester. Participants will also be expected to submit preliminary and final reports on the effectiveness of the new technology.