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Students, faculty put iPads to the test in class

Jennahway Huerta
Staff Writer

The University of La Verne has chosen a diverse group of six people to test Apple iPads, including two students, two faculty and two administrators.

Those chosen tried out these iPads for a period of time and blogged about their experience.

Nori Murphy, assistant director of Center for Teaching and Learning, was one of the brains behind this pilot.

“The plan is to have greener solutions for the students,” Murphy said.

The original idea was to see how effective iPads could be for educational, work and social purposes.

“Having a mobile device to take notes in class and to socialize is great way to get to know others, especially in our small campus,” Murphy said. “We decided to let these students give the ULV community an insight into how they work.”

The chosen six were given the iPads in June 2010 and will be returning them sometime this month.

These people were able to enjoy the iPad over the summer for social reasons and when the fall semester took place, the iPads were used predominantly for school and work.

The selection process involved how teachers and students cross over with one another. Madeline Clements, senior biology teaching-track major was one of the students selected.

“I was extremely excited to be chosen to receive the iPad, and was also shocked that the University of La Verne was handing out iPads in the first place,” Clements said.

She was a chosen for the pilot because her adviser Kathleen Weaver, associate professor of biology, was chosen to be one of the instructors in the pilot.

Clements also works in the Center for Teaching and Learning, which allows her to see Murphy on a regular basis.

By giving Clements and her advisor iPads, they are able to work with each other to maximize the use of the iPad in the classroom.

“IPads are effective for both educational and social use since I can use it in class by accessing course files on Blackboard as we cover them in class, and I can also access the Internet when questions arise in class,” Clements said.

“As far as social uses, my friends love the fact that I have the iPad because I let them play with it whenever I do not need it.”

Debbie Deacy, director of purchasing and procurement, also was selected to test the iPad.

Deacy uses the iPad in her professional life and in the classroom.

She uses it in meetings where she takes notes, checks e-mails, downloads textbooks and more.

“This is a nice progressive step to improve technology on campus and it’s an efficient tool to work with,” Deacy said.

Overall the iPads have received positive feedback from both the selected faculty and students.

There has also been discussion of the next iPad pilot taking place at the College of Law.

Jennahway Huerta can be reached at jennahway.huerta@laverne.edu.

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