APPtitude: Enhancing Student Learning by Implementing Mobile Apps for the Classroom
Do your students ever struggle to learn? There might be an app for that!
Starting in May 2012, the Center for Teaching and ITS-Instructional Services will work with a group of UI faculty members who have identified a learning need in their students and would like to find or help devise a mobile web application to help students address that learning challenge.
This collaborative opportunity will enable faculty participants to:
- work with ITS-Instructional Services and Center for Teaching staff to focus on one student learning challenge in each course, research available apps, and create content for possible new apps;
- adopt strategies for finding, comparing, and evaluating apps already available;
- connect cognitive knowledge and intellectual skills to the purposes of specific apps;
- create a faculty learning community that continues to gain knowledge and skills, assess the impact of the apps in their courses, and share information and encouragement.
The APPtitude Faculty Learning Community will kick off with a workshop on Wednesday May 23, 9:00-1:00 in University Capitol Centre 2390 Executive Boardroom (above Cookies and More). Prior to that, faculty participants will read a few brief articles and submit a brief description of a learning challenge their students seem to experience, along with the syllabus for the course in which students struggle.
The workshop will help us gain shared understandings of definitions, functionality, and impact of mobile web aps as well as ways that they can be used to target particular learning needs. In addition, a UI librarian will provide ideas about where to search for information about relevant course content as well as the use and development of apps as a new teaching technology.
During the summer, faculty members will meet individually (or in small groups) with Center for Teaching and ITS-Instructional Services staff members to develop content for the app and discuss how best to fold the app into course materials, including assignments, in-class use, and assessment. We also will discuss how faculty members will assess the impact of student use of the apps.
At the end of the summer or early fall, we will gather as a group and share our ideas. At the end of the fall semester, we will regroup again to discuss outcomes of apps uses in courses.
Faculty participants will
- attend all workshops and follow-up meetings;
- collaborate with ITS-IS and the CfT to find a mobile application or develop a proposal for internal funding to create an app to address student learning needs;
- participate in two follow-up meetings (late summer or early fall, and late fall);
- develop course materials—particularly assignments, in-class exercises, and learning assessment—that implement the app;
- share and read a few current articles and web resources relevant to student learning and mobile web applications as teaching tools;
- respond to assessment inquires posed by ITS-Instructional Services and the Center for Teaching;
- assess the impact of the app on their students’ learning outcomes.
We welcome applications from University of Iowa tenured, tenure-track, and clinical faculty members. We seek faculty participants from a range of disciplines and would like the teaching challenges represented by the entire APPtitude Faculty Learning Community to relate to all levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy: fundamental knowledge, application, analysis, critique, and knowledge creation. Faculty participants will receive $750 for their research/professional development accounts in support of technology that can be used during this faculty development series. If participants already have the necessary technologies, they can use the funds for any other purposes their departments and colleges allow.
Applications are due by April 23, 2012 at 5:00 pm CDT and must be submitted online to be considered. If you have any questions about this application or about this faculty learning community, please contact Jean Florman at firstname.lastname@example.org.