University Executive Forum-Apple iPod project Carl Berger The gem of an idea... Dan Updegrove mentions Jim Miller pounces Peter Hoffman extends Bill Duff supports Voila…a project The invitation Dear UEF member,
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Dear UEF member,
During our meeting last month, the topic of integrating iPods into the curriculum of higher education was discussed on several occasions. UEF members collectively advised that Apple should put iPods in the hands of UEF members to encourage a better appreciation and understanding of the potential use of this exciting technology within education.
Jim Marshall, VP Education Sales, was excited to hear your interest in the iPod and is interested in exploring how it might fit into the learning environment of Higher Education. We are pleased to announce that to help facilitate the iPod exploration, Apple will provide each UEF member
institution with 2 iPods. Carl Berger, from the University of Michigan, has graciously agreed to coordinate this "UEF iPod in HiEd" program.
Shortly after the first of the year, two iPods will be sent to the attention of each UEF member, along with more details regarding the evaluation and feedback process. Please begin identifying the people in your organizations that you would like to have involved in the program so that you are ready to begin soon after they arrive in early in January.
We would anticipate a report from Carl and this group at our next UEF meeting. Bill Duff, National Manager for Higher Education Sales Programs, and I will provide staff support from Apple.
From Lionel Tolan, Simon Fraser: I really appreciate this. I was the guy who brought it up at the meeting and I was so convinced by my own rhetoric that I bought one to give to the Director of our Language Learning Lab. I did this about 3 weeks ago but unfortunately it had a problem when I got it. After I got it back from the repair shop Trude had headed off for Christmas so I'm saving it for her. With your initiative maybe I can get this one back to see how it does with music... :-) Please thank Santa Jim...
From Annie Stunden, University of Wisconsin-Madison: That's a neat xmas present. We'll figure it out after the first of the year.
From Bobby Schnabel, University of Colorado at Boulder: Thanks very much Peter. I have already e-started our campus discussion of how we might be use them. I think this is a great idea and thank you very much for listening and responding to the UEF input. Is there some time frame that these are being lent for? -- it will be good to know this up front.
From Jim Davis, UCLA: This is good news. We are looking forward to testing these.
From Larry Levine, Dartmouth: We've given this some thought and we're excited about it. I hope we receive the two iPods soon. We can think of the proverbial "whole bunch" of ways to use iPods in curriculum/teaching/learning and research. We're likely most ready to roll with language teaching. Also have ideas for music education, any kind of recorded audio for various (extremely available and convenient) learning methods like drill/practice, review, verbal explanations, glossaries, and pronunciations (not just foreign languages). And of course, very generically speaking, it's just plain convenient and so recommends itself for a "mobile learner" - the digital world consists of what you can see and what you can hear (given that touch, smell, and taste have not yet been digitized) - as a hard drive, the iPod stores what you can see and hear, but it also "displays" what you can hear. I'm sure our faculty would fill in many specific examples.
From Craig B. Luigart, US Department of Education: Looking forward to this experiment!
From Dan Updegrove, UT, Austin: This is good news, both to ensure that all UEF members get early exposure and to coordinate the testing/feedback process.
From Mike Ribaudo, CUNY: thanks peter - sounds great - have a happy holiday Mike
From Steven Sather, Princeton: One last surprise from Apple this year. Thank you on behalf of Princeton. I am already thinking of who at Princeton will be the best targets. Of course I might need to do some "testing" for the first couple of weeks. I read on-line someplace that someone has already created a program that will take your Entourage contacts and download them to the iPod.
From Marty Ringle, Reed College: This is great. I've already started the investigation with an iPod that we purchased but will be able to do more with the ones you send next month. I view this as an excellent opportunity to try out all sorts of new things.
My thanks to you, Carl, and the members of the UEF for coming up with this.
From Sam Scalise, Sonoma State: Smart move.
Project: Extending iPod for higher education
To develop and share content and technology to extend iPod technology in higher education.
To explore obvious uses in content such as music by extending the breadth of content and developing appropriate databases that can be shared across education
To explore unique uses in other areas of education such as language, biology and the health sciences.
To explore adaptation of iPod technology to other forms of information
To continue to understand how higher education and Apple can work together to develop exciting projects
To provide specifications for databases that can be populated by several institutions
To demonstrate extended use of iPod in higher education
To document the process for developing collaborative technologies between Higher Education and Apple Corporation
Design of study:
Each UEF institution will receive two iPods to explore ways to extend content and technologies. UEF institutions interested in the project will submit initial ideas for content and technologies. Content and technology exploration groups will be established and each participating institution will designate a content and a technology specialist to participate in one or more exploration projects.
UM WorkTools ( a modification of UM CourseTools for collaborative research projects will be provided for exploration groups. Groups will use WorkTools (threaded discussion, archived e-mail, resources, assignments, announcements and chat) to develop project deliverables. Teleconferences may also be used to share information as well as e-mail and video conferencing. Reports will be generated by each exploration group and complied into a final project report.
Each report will contain:
content or technology area of exploration,
specifications for development of content and technology
requirements for exploration area project
prototype (screen shots to actual working applications) if possible
brief report on the process to develop the project.
Three times during the project, institutions will be surveyed to determine reaction to iPods. Survey's will be returned analyzed and set to institutions to provide measures of overall interest, satisfaction and collaboration.
Apple will provide access to the iPod development group and will also proved leads for third party groups working on iPod projects. (Already the ProVue database group have hacked the iPod system to develop database utilities using and MP3 [but not music] formats.)
So we can make an impact for fall term we need to have the initial report to Apple at our next UEF meeting on May 14th. Working backwards the time line looks like this:
Jan 13 -> Start discussions of possible content areas of focus for iPod teams on your campus
Jan 13 -> receive iPod and distribute to key campus folk on a limited basis
Jan 20 -> selection of content areas of focus for your campus
Jan 20-> selection of Apple team to work with project
Jan 24 -> initial survey on iPod reaction sent to institutions
Jan 27-> selection of iPod campus team with lead for content and technology
Jan 27-> WorkTool collaboration set up for initial ideas on content and technology use by content and by technology
Jan 31-> survey responses returned.
Feb 1-> groups commence interaction
Feb 27-> first conference (electronic) on projects progress
March 1-> second survey on iPod reaction sent to institutions
March 8-> second survey responses returned
March 27-> second teleconference
March27-> third survey on iPod reaction sent to institutions
May 1 -> Project reports due
May 14-> Overall project presentation at UEF forum.
Looks very ambitious and perhaps we're expecting too much. If so let us know and give some constructive criticism.
What do you mean, it’s too complex!!
Reed has already started to look at ways to incorporate iPods into our environment, so we'd be more than happy to participate. Would it be possible, though, to have two levels of the proposed game plan (i.e., "iPod Investigation"
and "iPod Investigation - Lite")? Writing and sharing a report on areas of usage that we're exploring is relatively easy, low-cost, and has a high probability of success. Getting feedback on multiple surveys, undertaking
software development this spring, etc. is somewhat out of our scope. Is there, perhaps, a smaller oar we can pull :-) ?
First lesson: Keep it simple, stupid!
Hi UEF members.
Thanks for your response to the iPod project. For many of us, returning back to reality after the holidays helped us realize how few cycles our staff have to spare, particularly during these trying budget times.
As Gary pointed out...it's not lack of interest (many of us have already started) it's the size of the proposed project. Marty mentioned an iPod Lite version that would allow for involvement but less filling.
After exploring the 2 iPods each institution receives, each institution participates in an iPod iDea bash, (sharing ideas in e-mail or lurking or working in UMWorkTools)
When/if individual shared projects emerge, teams from participating institutions will develop iPod.ext's. These could range from working models, or sample prototypes, or screen mock ups, or specs, or idea outlines.
Reports would be shared and a compilation prepared for the May UEF.
Outcomes for the project can be grouped into 2 categories:
What are the ways the iPod can be used to enhance teaching and learning? Provide case examples including information such as the institution and department, specific classroom/learning environment, educational objectives for using the iPod, description of the project, and the expected advantages or benefits. Apple would like to share these success stories with other educators.
What modifications would you recommend that Apple make to the iPod to extend or enhance the usefulness of the iPod as a "digital audio playback device"? These ideas will be shared internally within Apple.
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