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Mobile Devices in the Classroom

Mobile technology is ubiquitous in the lives of today’s college students. Although 83% of adults between the ages of 18-29 own a smartphone, mobile device ownership among college students is even higher; according to a 2014 EDUCAUSE report, 86% of undergraduates owned a smartphone as of last year, and nearly half (47% ) owned a tablet. ~Students’ Mobile Learning Practices in Higher Education: A Multi-Year Study

We are now being challenged to meet those needs as students are demanding personalization of curricula, streamlining of content, greater accessibility of course materials on a wide range of devices, and an increased engagement with texts and online materials. UMass Amherst is meeting this challenge in a variety of ways.

The College of Nursing

When students in the classroom all have access to the same device, it creates more opportunities for creative, hands-on learning. Beginning with an iPad pilot in the College of Nursing, the University of Massachusetts Amherst  is exploring the use of iPads and other devices as tools  that will give students a more active classroom experience, and more opportunities for deeper learning.

In Spring 2016 faculty from the College of Nursing piloted e-exams, which were securely deployed on iPads using ExamSoft. The response to this format was overwhelmingly positive, and we will be expanding this pilot in Fall 2016.

Watch our video on the Nursing iPad pilot:

The College of Nursing’s iTunes U Course on formative assessment is also considered a key resource for similar programs nationwide.

Read the Inside UMass article about the Nursing iPad pilot:

Apple Inc. Highlights Online Course Created by IT, College of Nursing


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