Impact on Student Learning
HP Innovations in Education Project
Each student was provided with a HP Tablet-PC both during classroom and laboratory sessions. This provides students with access to notes at all times and direct feedback during lectures, bridging the gap between the two course components. Since, the entire classroom was on a dedicated wireless network, students were able to freely move around the classroom and still have access to the course material and other on-line resources. The HP Tablet PCs and supporting tools help students take notes, annotate text, draw diagrams, retrieve assignments, access electronic resources, organize class work, and mark up handwritten notes that that can be publicly displayed, and used as the basis for class-wide discussions. Students can run simulations on their HP Tablet PCs during lecture sessions, making class demonstrations more engaging while encouraging the development of design ideas to be tested in the laboratory.
The project has shown potential to significantly enhance the teaching and learning in classroom. The introduction of HP mobile Tablet-PCs and instructional tools enabled students to visualize and understand the concepts discussed during lecture and apply them in laboratory experiments. It helped them to be more organized in their coursework, improve their note-taking skills, better understanding of course concepts, work collaboratively, and participate in class-wide discussion. The students are now more likely to keep records of their learning process from the beginning, and steadily work on them, rather than cramming all the work at the end. Students are able to develop skills of self-monitoring and reflection by maintaining an e-portfolio showcasing quality of their work over the duration of their course.
Through the support from HP Innovations in Education grant the instructors are now able to:
- Increase usage of technology in classroom teaching
- Improve student attitude toward using instructional technology and supporting tools in classroom
- Promote collaborative work and active learning environment through effective delivery of teaching material
- Engage students in service-learning projects to gain real-world experience
- Create digital learning environment in courses that supports different learning styles and preparation of our students
- Provide access to laboratory equipment through HP Blade workstations and engage students in remote collaboration and maximize utilization of laboratory resources
- Improve quality of web-enhanced courses and increase web-enhanced/distance learning course offerings in the program
- Maximize utilization of laboratory resources through 24x7 access
The evidence on student learning was (will be) gathered through:
- Assessing the quality (using grading) and recording timely completion of service-learning project
- Tracking number of students responding to interactive activities and other discussion questions during class
- Student performance on pre/post tests related to course topics
- Student performance in overall course pre/post test
- Monitoring timely completion of group lab experiments conducted remotely
- Frequency of student involvement on out of class group activities or simulation projects
Students involved in the project were surveyed and interviewed to determine the effectiveness of technology in enhancing their learning experience. Assessment instruments were designed to provide qualitative and quantitative data that was used to determine the overall effectiveness of mobile technology in redesigned courses. In the first year of the project, student performance data was gathered through topic wise and course wise pre/post tests. The sample results are discussed in the result section.