Artifact: EDCI-51300: Learning with Tablets
Demonstrates ability to describe common research methods in Educational Technology
The Learning with Tablets paper I wrote for EDCI-513 was the first academic paper I had written in over ten years. I really did not feel comfortable with this style of writing until I got feedback on the first draft. At that point it sort of clicked and I remembered how to write in that style. I am glad that this was my first class in the program because it helped me get back into the academic writing.
Additionally the process of researching this topic introduced me to educational research and some of the methods used to do the research. This was an area I was not to familiar with coming from a corporate background. It was interesting to me to see the methods used and learn some of the reasons behind those methods. Based on this experience I feel like I now have a good handle on how to recognize effective research and how to make sure the research I am asked to do is effective and unbiased.
Demonstrates ability to read and evaluate Educational Technology research
For this paper I chose to tackle how to use tablets in the classroom. The idea for this came from a desire by my employer to incorporate iPads into our classroom courses. This topic was interesting to me and I enjoyed reading the large number of sources I was able to find. It was interesting to read case studies from across the world. Based on all these sources I was to determine some tricks and recommendations on how to incorporate tablets into the classroom.
Applies research findings to the solution of common problems in Educational Technology
My research on this topic did also help me in my work. My employer runs a very large user conference where we provide short training class (1-2.5 hours). I incorporated iPad into a couple of these sessions. Because of the knowledge I had gained from this paper I was aware that I needed to work with my instructors to make sure they knew how to use the tablets and that I needed to make sure my logistics (wifi, charger, app, etc) where all in place. I believe this paper is a good example of my ability to create and utilize knowledge.