The Center for Teaching and Technology will launch a new program during the 2012 – 2013 academic year providing faculty the opportunity to explore the use of iPads in the classroom with their students for an entire semester. The course loaner program provide faculty and each student in their class with the new iPad. The iPads can be delivered with no pre-loaded apps or with apps designated by the faculty member. CTT staff will work with the faculty member to identify apps that fit the pedagogical goals of the course and get the apps pre-loaded before delivery of the iPads takes place. Each borrower signs a loaner agreement to take responsibility for the device, in the event of loss or theft. CTT staff are available to provide an iPad tutorial for the students and faculty at the time of delivery of the iPads during the first 1 – 2 weeks of the semester. CTT staff will return to the class to pick up the iPads at the end of the semester.
To participate in the program, faculty are asked to apply for the iPads via an online form up to 2 months before the semester begins, including specific explanations of their intended use of the devices to support teaching and learning in their course, and their plans to assess the impact of the devices in their class. After the semester is done, students and faculty will be asked to fill out a short online survey to provide feedback on their experiences, and faculty will be asked to participate in a roundtable discussion with the College of Education community to discuss their experience with the iPad.
This first offering of the class semester iPad loaner program will be available for courses with a student enrollment of 30 students or less. Initially, two courses will be chosen per semester for the 2012 – 2013 academic year.