Freed-Hardeman University is now going down the same path that a few other Universities have already started down by providing iPads to staff and students. I’ve read a couple of other articles about Universities providing similar programs, but it has generally been seen as a research project, not a student/staff orientated learning experience.
One of the differences I can see in the iKnow 2.0 program at FHE is the incentive for students to use textbooks via the iPad as well. The fact that Mark Scott at FHE stated, “We are not the most popular people with the bookstore staff right now”, shows that this program isn’t about money or research capability, but about learning.
It would be interesting to know how much of the students textbook requirements are going to be met by the University Library? Are they going to purchase multiple copies of the digitized texts for more than one student to access at any one time? If not, that could be a pitfall of the system.
The provision of conduit systems that will also ease hesitant staff into the iKnow 2.0 program will change the way that staff interact with their students in the classroom and the way that they ALL teach and learn.
Would be great to see what the outcome is after a couple of years.
Stephens, M. (2011). Freed-Hardeman University to Introduce Apple ipads, Inkling Digital Textbooks and Faculty Training as Part of Innovative iKnow 2.0. Tame the Web. Retrieved 30th October 2011 from http://tametheweb.com/2011/08/20/freed-hardeman-university-to-introduce-apple-ipads-inkling-digital-textbooks-and-faculty-training-as-part-of-innovative-iknow-2-0/