iPad Pilot Project at UNB Saint John

Purpose

To explore how iPads might be used to produce a positive impact on student learning and engagement.

Funding

Provided from the Student Technology Fee. Sixty iPad 2’s were purchased for the fall term 2011.

Process

Any instructor at UNBSJ interested in participating in the project completed an online form proposing how the iPad would be used in the course, their expected outcomes and their plan for assessment. Each student and instructor in the selected course(s) was loaned an iPad for the term. Support Information Services and Systems provided support and advice to faculty and students.

Term

Instructor

Course

Students

iPads

Fall 2011

Pam Pastirik

NURS2177

54

54

Keith Dewar

BA3129

6

6

Winter 2012

Michelle Monette

PreMBA

27

27

Pam Pastirik

HSCI2001

30

30

Summer 2012

Sue Hemmings

SJ College

10

10

Mary Astorino

ED5976

9

9

Lee Joliffe

BAMHT

4

4

Emin Civi

BA2303

?

?

Emin Civi

MBA7305

12

12

Ashley Darrah

BA2303

10

10

Fall 2012

Greg Fleet

ELI

45

?

Winter 2013

Michelle Monette

 

26

26

Beth Keyes

 

27

?

Summer 2013

Paul-Emile Chiasson

ED4562

20

20

Fall 2013

Emin Civi

BA3304

32

4 for Buzzer App

Emin Civi

BA4398

6

4

Steve Colwell

SJ College

24

18

Paul-Emile Chiasson

ED4565

21

19

Notes: At the beginning of the project, all students registered in the class booked out an iPad. We have noticed a decline in this number, i.e. not all students on the instructor’s class list book out an iPad. We are assuming that these students may already have an iPad or perhaps the instructor is not making it mandatory.

Maintenance

Three damaged and three lost. Two of the damaged were repaired and two of the lost were replaced. There are currently 61 iPads available for loan.

Feedback from Instructors

"The tablets have been a huge success with my ESL students. It allows them to use dictionaries at ease, grammar apps, listening activities, and quizlet testing has been a huge success. I would love to see this project continue. I would prefer having an Android tablet, as there are more free apps. I wish Apple offered more free apps, as I can't ask my students to purchase apps for the class. Bringing this technology to our campus has helped our students excel at an expedient rate. Thanks so much for fostering this opportunity."

"My students found this very useful, as all of the readings for HTM 3505 and HTM 4545 were on line; also it allowed them to look something up quickly in class if we discussed it. I also used a video on a web site in one class and students were able to view it individually. I also noticed that when I emailed students they often replied from the iPad, and more quickly than they would have without the iPad. A hand-out on suggested uses would be good, I know that I did not use the iPads to the utmost as for me it was a rushed start to the term. For example I am thinking I could have used them for a quick quiz on D2L in class. I think it would be good to maintain a set of iPads, and the use would particularly be good for small classes such as mine that tend to be taught in a seminar format."