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Call for Proposals: Mobile Device Initiative for Fall 2014

March 17, 2014 Apple, Mobile Learning Comments Off

The full application is available here. Submit your proposal to by Monday, April 28, 2014 at 5:00pm.


The purpose of this initiative is to enable University of Richmond faculty members to explore, and ultimately utilize mobile technology in their teaching. Since the beginning of this program, we have found that incorporating these mobile technologies can enhance the student educational experience as well as the potential to aid in research and personal productivity. These mobile technologies certainly provide for interesting and unique opportunities in higher education.

We believe that mobile technologies have the ability to transform learning, change how professors transmit knowledge, and effectively change how students acquire, interact with, and use knowledge.

This program is intended to support faculty members interested in integrating a mobile device, apps, and web-based tools into a specific course that they teach. For those accepted into the Mobile Device Initiative, the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology will distribute the mobile technology to faculty for one full year. The students participating in the course for which the application was submitted will receive the mobile device for one semester.

When drafting your application, faculty are strongly encouraged to collaborate with their CTLT Liaison. Your CTLT Liaison is available to work with you to further develop and implement classroom activities during the semester.

Faculty members selected to receive a mobile device will be asked to collaborate and share their experiences with other program participants. In addition, faculty members will be asked to share their experience with the campus community through other CTLT initiatives (such as the Learning@Richmond Newsletter, Workshop participation, Pizza & Pedagogy Lunches, PETE events, PETE: After Hours, etc.) Participation in these events is optional. To add to our growing knowledge base of learning impact, students will be asked to complete a brief survey on their experiences with the mobile device, at the end of the semester (Results from previous surveys are available).


Submit your proposal to by Monday, April 28, 2014 at 5:00pm. You will be asked to address the following questions in your proposal:

  • How will learning improve by providing ready, portable access to course materials for reference and review?
  • How will the device support collaborative learning by facilitating storage and sharing of course-related materials among students and between students and instructors?
  • How will the device provide richer learning experiences through the integration of audio and/or video-based resources?
  • How will the device support learning and research in authentic field settings?
  • How will the device simplify course delivery or reducing time needed for course management?
  • … be specific, including which apps you plan to use on the device.


Proposals will be reviewed by CTLT staff. Priority will be given to first time applicants. Applying faculty members will be notified by a CTLT Liaison regarding the selection decision via email. The device will be distributed to selected faculty as soon as possible after the selection process.

Ownership of the mobile device will rest with the University. Faculty and students will need to sign a return/fine agreement agreeing to return the devices or be fined for the cost of repair or replacement.

Faculty and students will be able to download free apps, however additional apps for purchase will be the responsibility of the individual faculty/student, and made through his or her personal iTunes account.  A $50 iTunes gift card will be provided to each participating faculty member.

The CTLT has inventory for supporting 2-3 classes using iPod Touches and 2-3 classes using iPads. The iPod Touches do not have a camera but can perform audio recordings and their utility with the App Store is limited due to device-application version compatibility. The iPads have front facing and rear facing cameras. The mobile devices contain WiFi access only. Please contact your CTLT liaison for more device dependent information.


Please download and complete the MDI Fall 2014 Application. When drafting your application, faculty are strongly encouraged to collaborate with their CTLT Liaison. You should submit your finished proposal to by Monday, April 28, 2014 at 5:00pm.

Rethinking TAs as Future Faculty

Although this article addresses the student teaching model used in K12, I think this would make a for a rewarding template in Higher Ed.  Especially in situations where the TA aspires to become a faculty member after graduation.

Indiana University, Bloomington (Photo by Justin Kern)The article describes a more appealing approach than traditional student teaching – in which a teacher candidate starts out as a passive observer and then takes over the teaching after a few weeks-has become a part of the University of Southern Indiana’s teacher preparation process. That’s because classroom teachers are becoming increasingly reluctant to turn over their students to a novice for long stretches in an age when teacher pay and tenure are tied to student improvement and performance. “Teachers are beginning to be reluctant to host a student teacher,” said Joyce Rietman, director of USI’s advanced clinical experience and co-teaching. “Their name is on (the) test scores. It’s scary and risky to take a student teacher.” The article is from the Hechinger Report.

The full article can be found here:

MOOC Research Initiative

July 15, 2013 MOOCs Comments Off

The MOOC Research Initiative (MRI), funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, will begin to address a research gap evaluating MOOCs and how they impact teaching, learning, and education in general.

From their website:

“The dramatic increase in online education, particularly Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), presents researchers, academics, administrators, learners, and policy makers with a range of questions as to the effectiveness of this format of teaching and learning. To date, the impact of MOOCs has been largely disseminated through press releases and university reports. The peer-reviewed research on MOOCs has been minimal. The proliferation of MOOCs in higher education requires a concerted and urgent research agenda.”

Check out their site here.


MOOCs and Intellectual Property

July 8, 2013 MOOCs Comments Off

I’ve been on a MOOC kick these past few weeks, and this story caught me eye…

“If we lose this battle for intellectual property,” Nelson said, “it’s over. Being a professor will no longer be a viable career. It will be a service industry. That’s it.”  Cary Nelson, former president of the American Association of University Professors said during his opening remarks for that organization’s annual meeting in Washington D.C.

George Mason University’s David Austin Walsh describes the positive and negative aspects of MOOCs.  Read the full story here.


Survey Data on MOOC Choices/Usage

July 1, 2013 MOOCs Comments Off

Despite the buzz around Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), data about them is scarce, limiting the ability to judge how the courses will fit into the higher education landscape—and particularly whether they will be creditworthy and eventually profitable.

Hoping to counter this, the University of Edinburgh (where I attended for 1-year as an exchange student) has compiled the most comprehensive data to date on the sector, revealing the study choices, motivations and nationality of participants in its six Coursera-backed MOOCs.

Read the full story on the PIE News website.

The CTLT liaisons are the bridge between teaching and technology. The liaison group collaborates primarily with University of Richmond faculty to effectively incorporate technology into the teaching and learning processes. We deal with diverse technologies, and are happy to work with any skill level.

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