TOCC pilots iPad project

Jul 1st, 2013 | By | Category: Online TC News, Tribal College News, Web Exclusive

During the 2012–2013 school year, Tohono O’odham Community College (TOCC, Sells, AZ) introduced iPads as touch-based learning tools for students. Since an increasing number of courses at the college use e-textbooks and applications on iPads rather than traditional textbooks, TOCC has resolved to continue and expand on its iPad project. Students borrow the iPads from the college library and can keep them on long-term loan. Ninety iPads are currently in circulation at TOCC.

Students using the iPads report more success and greater interest in their courses. Being able to touch, point, and write with one’s fingers helps students engage in their work, while applications such as memory games help with learning terminology.

TOCC Title III project director Kristin Eberhardt and information technology manager Karla Volpi devised the iPad project, concluding that such a platform would combine kinetic and visual learning. They brought in college librarian Elaine Cubbins and other faculty to launch the pilot program. Cubbins coordinated cataloging and circulation of the iPads, while faculty members Teresa Newberry and Jorge Guarin taught courses that integrated the iPads during the fall 2012 semester. The following spring, TOCC offered nine courses that used iPads and in June was named a Computerworld Honors Laureate for its creative approach to promoting mobile access. The college plans to further expand its iPad project during the 2013–2014 academic year.

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