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iPad use in fieldwork: formal and informal use to enhance pedagogical practice in a bring your own technology world

Whalley, B. W., France, D., Park, J. R., Mauchline, A. L., Powell, V. and Welsch, K. (2015) iPad use in fieldwork: formal and informal use to enhance pedagogical practice in a bring your own technology world. In: Souleles, N. and Pillar, C. (eds.) iPad use in fieldwork: Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on the use of iPads in higher education (ihe2014). Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp. 110-125. ISBN 9781443876261

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We report on use of iPads (and other IOS devices) for student fieldwork use and as electronic field notebooks and to promote active. We have used questionnaires and interviews of tutors and students to elicit their views and technology and iPad use for fieldwork. There is some reluctance for academic staff to relinquish paper notebooks for iPad use, whether in the classroom or on fieldwork, as well as use them for observational and measurement purposes. Students too are largely unaware of the potential of iPads for enhancing fieldwork. Apps can be configured for a wide variety of specific uses that make iPads useful for educational as well as social uses. Such abilities should be used to enhance existing practice as well as make new functionality. For example, for disabled students who find it difficult to use conventional note taking. iPads can be used to develop student self-directed learning and for group contributions. The technology becomes part of the students’ personal learning environments as well as at the heart of their knowledge spaces – academic and social. This blurring of boundaries is due to iPads’ usability to cultivate field use, instruction, assessment and feedback processes. iPads can become field microscopes and entries to citizen science and we see the iPad as the main ‘computing’ device for students in the near future. As part of the Bring Your Own Technology/Device (BYOD) the iPad has much to offer although, both staff and students need to be guided in the most effective use for self-directed education via development of Personal Learning Environments. A more student-oriented pedagogy is suggested to correspond to the increasing use of tablet technologies by students

Item Type:Book or Report Section
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Agriculture, Policy and Development > Biodiversity, Crops and Agroecosystems Division > Centre for Agri-environmental Research (CAER)
ID Code:38078
Additional Information:Originally published as: Whalley, B. W., France, D., Park, J. R., Mauchline, A. L., Powell, V. and Welsch, K. (2014) iPad use in fieldwork: formal and informal use to enhance pedagogical practice in a Bring Your Own Technology world. In: First International Conference on the use of iPads in Higher Education, 20-22 March 2014, Paphos, Cyprus, pp. 100-120
Publisher:Cambridge Scholars Publishing

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