Innovations with m-learning at Warwick
Tablet PCs in Physics
The Department of Physics is evaluating the applications of tablet PCs for teaching science. As part of the new TOOLS loans service from eLab, a pair of RM tablet PCs will be used to teach undergraduate physics modules during the Spring Term 2005.
Tablet PCs for Mathematics Education
Over the last few years, Dave Pratt at the Institute of Education has been involved in a European project called Webkit , which has been using Tablet PCs in schools.
"We hit the situation before the technology was at all established so we had enormous technical issues to begin with. By the end of the project, the technology was beginning to settle down and there was reason to be optimistic."
Last year Mick Hammond, at the Institute of Education, won a TTA grant to explore Tablet PC with lecturers and students. That project is ongoing.
As a follow up to that project, Dave Pratt has won another TTA grant.
"This is allowing us to equip all PGCE maths students with a tablet PC or a laptop. We are using ten new Tablet PCs, 6 from Mick's project, 6 ITS laptops from their loan stock and some of the student's own laptops. All machines will be wireless. They will take ownership of them using them for maths sessions and anything else they want, and taking them into school when their next placement begins. We will be keeping records of how they use them - the successes and the obstacles. There will be a report that is fed back to TTA."
WEVL – Warwick Engineering Virtual Laboratory
The project, funded by the Teaching Development Fund in 2002, has created a virtual laboratory environment which allows users to access simulations and real scientific experiments via remote access. It also allows teachers to create and modify experiments and monitor the quality of access from the students. Users and teachers access the virtual laboratory through a web interface. The project will assist the University in delivering global remote education and training in Engineering and Sciences and users in better understanding of taught material and access to expensive experimental resources for research development.
DOLCE VITA (Development of Objective Learner-centred Clinical Examinations Via Innovative Teaching and Assessment)
OSCEs (Objective Structured Clinical Examination) are important in medical education, but are complex and expensive. Students often feel unprepared and anxious, impacting performance. Collation of marks is lengthy and subject to error, mitigating against the rapid feedback that would facilitate learning.This project will re-engineer the preparation, execution and assessment of OSCEs,. Activities will be selected from a prepared bank of tasks, checklists for staff and individual student schedules generated. Assessments will be recorded on PDAs and updated on a central system, enabling instant feedback.Most importantly, the system will be used in formative fashion in a Mock OSCE, allowing instant diagnostic feedback.