Application Process

… for the Mobile Tablet Project for Staff

Unfamiliarity with the technology is the main reason given by academic staff for not incorporating mobile technologies into their teaching and learning practices.  With this mobile learning project, the LTTC aims to support staff who want to experiment with tablets in this way and would like to do so within the structure of a pedagogically and technologically supported project. There are also a small number of tablets available to staff to borrow for the duration of the project if they do not have their own to work with.

The LTTC are now inviting proposals from DIT staff who would be interested in getting involved in this scheme. We are particularly interested in proposals that include incorporating student owned devices where possible. We hope that the scheme will encourage new, interesting and innovative applications of the use if mobile technology for teaching and learning.

Some examples of educator use of tables are:

  • As part of the creation of an app that you intend to use in the classroom
  • To share textbooks or other interactive material in class
  • To carry out interactive exercises
  • To use in conjunction with student owned devices
  • Creation of ebooks
  • The sharing of resources on the go, e.g. via social bookmarking tools, social networking tools, web 2.0 tools, apps etc.

Your project can also be linked with other projects that you and your student might be involved in such as those run via DIT Access and Civic Engagement.

Application details

To apply for this scheme, please email your short proposal to frances.boylan@dit.ie before May 16th 2014. Your proposal can take the traditional written format if you wish but other formats will also be accepted, for example a short vodcast, podcast, screencast, presentation with voiceover etc. etc.  Some free tools which might be useful in this regard are https://present.me , http://prezi.com/ ,  https://audioboo.fm/ , http://www.screencast-o-matic.com/

*** Applications from staff who have their own tablets and would like to get invovled in this project are also welcome.

Your short proposal should describe how you intend to use the tablet over the period of one academic term (Sept 2014 – Dec 2014) and should include:

  • an introduction giving the background to your proposed project,
  • an outline of what you intent doing and how you intend doing it,
  • how you will benefit from this project professionally,
  • how your students will benefit from this project,
  • give an indication as to whether your project will extend into January or not,
  • what your preference would be i.e. an iPad or Android (depending on availability)

The closing date for applications is: 16th May 2014

Proposals will be evaluated and successful applications will be notified by mid-June 2014.

Conditions

As well as attending mobile learning informational sessions/workshops, feedback and practice sharing sessions (approximately 1 a month for 1 hour each, 2 of which will happen over the summer period June – Aug 2014 in preparation for the project), you will be required to:

  • maintain a reflective blog recording the work you are doing, which will include a slightly longer final entry that outlines your experience with the tablet, evaluates your project, describes its outcomes, challenges encounters and future plans
  • present at the Showcase of Learning and Teaching Innovations in January 2015
  • return the tablet and accompanying items when your project ends
  • you will also be expected to bear the cost of replacing the tablet and the accompanying items if any of these are lost or damaged beyond repair. You will also be liable for any damage not covered by warranty
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