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Microsoft Research Faculty Summit 2007. Undertaking a Large-Scale Tablet PC Deployment for Computer Science & Engineering Education. Joseph G. Tront Glenda R. Scales Virginia Tech. Goals. Describe VT tablet PC deployment Demonstrate aspects of the use of the tablet as a tool

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undertaking a large scale tablet pc deployment for computer science engineering education

Undertaking a Large-Scale Tablet PC Deployment for Computer Science & Engineering Education

Joseph G. Tront Glenda R. Scales

Virginia Tech

  • Describe VT tablet PC deployment
  • Demonstrate aspects of the use of the tablet as a tool
  • Discuss assessment of the effectiveness of the technology
  • Discuss how tablet can support your teaching/learning environment
  • University – ~28,000 students
  • CoE: 7,700 undergraduate & grad students
    • 45% from out of state
    • 19% female
    • 15% under-represented populations
    • Average SAT—1268
    • Average GPA from high school—3.75
  • 13 Departments
  • Degrees awarded annually:
computer requirement history
Computer Requirement History
  • College of Engineering began its requirement in 1984 with IBM machines
  • University decided to require computers in 1997
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Computer Requirement History
  • The College moved to a notebook/laptop requirement in 2002
    • Mobility key to this move
rationale for move to tablets
Rationale for Move to Tablets
  • To support pedagogical directions
  • Provide advanced pedagogical tools to promote and support faculty / student engagement in and outside of classroom
improved pedagogical practices
Improved Pedagogical Practices
  • Dynamic presentation
  • Active participation
  • Note-taking
  • Collaboration
  • Process-focused
decision process
Decision Process
  • Constituencies:
choosing tablet requirements1
Choosing Tablet Requirements

Software baseline package 2006:

  • Autodesk Student Community (ASC) site and exchange program
  • MatLab
  • Adobe Acrobat
  • Microsoft Campus Agreement
    • OS Upgrades
    • Office Professional
    • One Note
    • Visio
    • Project
choosing vendors
Choosing Vendors
  • Selection Criteria:
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Choosing Vendors
  • Selection Criteria:
  • Faculty
    • Faculty Development Institute
    • Training by vendors
    • Faculty Study Groups
  • Students
    • Student Technology Council
      • Freshman Tablet PC Group
      • Provide training for students
      • Test hardware and software
deployment plan
Deployment Plan

FIRST Adopters

  • Faculty: Target freshmen classes, provide tablets, peer mentoring
  • Infrastructure: Classroom design, network, power
  • Research: Curriculum reform, education technology
  • Student: Student Technology Council, Utilization of tablets
  • Technology: Technical support faculty and students, Appropriate use of new software and hardware;
deployment model years 1 2
Deployment ModelYears 1 & 2
  • First adopters
    • Technology front runners
  • Freshmen teachers given tablets
    • Simple infusion of technology
    • Notes; grading; presentation
  • Departmental “gateway courses”
    • Presentation
    • Interaction
    • Collaboration
expected improvements in teaching learning practices1
Expected Improvements in Teaching/Learning Practices
  • Increased Active Learning Opportunities
    • Flexibility
    • Spontaneity
    • Facilitate interaction

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Expected Improvements in Teaching/Learning Practices


  • More Natural
  • Comprehensive
  • Easy search & recall
  • Synchronizedvoice recording
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Expected Improvements in Teaching/Learning Practices
  • Facilitate Collaboration
    • Cooperation
    • Communication
    • Distance & local
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Shameless Commerce Division
  • Overlays display with a virtual transparency
  • Allows ink on top of active presentation
  • Punch through allows operating program to be affected by stylus/keyboard
  • Beliefs about teaching, learning and technology:
    • Learning gains come from adequate instructional design theory and practice. (Clark, 1994).
    • Educational technology can effectively support the teaching and learning process.
    • A movement towards a constructivist teaching approach which advocates that learners must be engaged in constructing their own knowledge.
  • How can tablets combined with ink aware software support faculty with engaging students particularly in large classes?
  • How can tablets assist faculty with being more efficient?
assessment plan
Assessment Plan
  • Students
    • Interested to learn how the new capabilities of the Tablet may be impacting how students take notes.
    • Interested to learn how students are using the Tablet and their opinion of the new technology
  • Faculty
    • Current teaching practices
    • How faculty will adopt Tablet PC and new instructional strategies
measurements to date
Measurements to Date
  • Changes in Learning Strategies
  • Frequency of Technology Use
  • Faculty frequency use of technology
the end
The End



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