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Scholars Day 2007, Wednesday, April 11

Portable Media Devices in College Courses: The SUNY Brockport iPod Project

If students were asked about the electronic device they use most often, portable media devices such as Apple’s iPod would probably rank close to cell phones on such a list. With the addition of video capability and increased hard drive space, the iPod has many uses other than as a mini-jukebox. These advanced features also make this device an excellent teaching tool for instructors who are creative with their use of technology in their courses. From the students’ perspective, using an iPod for one of their classes allows them access anytime and anywhere to the course material. In order to investigate whether this device could be used effectively in higher education, a group of SUNY Brockport professors and their students were given iPods during the 2005-2006 academic year. This presentation discusses the pedagogical benefits of portable media devices in higher education. The presenters summarize the literature on how iPods can improve student learning and discuss the results of SUNY Brockport student and faculty opinion surveys about their participation in the project. Faculty and students involved in the project will be present to talk and answer questions about their experience using iPods.

Presenters: Kitty Hubbard (Faculty)
Theodore Lewis (Faculty)
Alexander Matiash (Undergraduate Student)
Robert Meteer (Undergraduate Student)
Christopher Price (Staff)
Justin Ryan (Graduate Student)
Topic: Teaching and Learning
Location: 107 Edwards
Time: 9 am (Session I)