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Providing Faculty iPods to Explore Innovative Teaching and Learning
Journal of Effective Teaching (2008)
  • Jace Hargis, University of the Pacific
  • Scott A. Jensen, University of the Pacific
  • Carolynn S. Kohn, University of the Pacific
  • Matthew P. Normand, University of the Pacific
  • Deborah Schooler
The iPod digital music player has been available since late 2001, and even in higher education, its presence has been seen, although mostly in the hands of students and rarely for outcomes-based educational purposes. In 2004, Duke University provided free iPods to all 1,650 first year students, which subsequently enabled faculty to create learning opportunities, which actively engaged students to integrate digital audio and more into their lessons. Our study takes an alternate approach in which the Center for Teaching and Learning provided a small group of faculty (n=11) from different disciplines with a free iPod, microphone, training, support and collaboration opportunities. The faculty members were asked to create innovative instructional methods and then use the tool in their classes for the 2008 spring semester. In return, faculty agreed to share their outcomes, which would become part of a resource showcase to assist other faculty. So, instead of distributing the technology to a wide audience, where only some may participate, and our goal was to identify those who would actively engage in the project, develop specific applications, and ultimately assist faculty and subsequently students, in integrating functional instructional technology. The primary purpose of this study is to share another model for using and distributing electronic media tools in higher education and secondarily to provide the results of this model in the form of varied and successful uses of the device in teaching and learning.
  • iPod,
  • active learning,
  • instructional technology
Publication Date
September 1, 2008
Citation Information
Jace Hargis, Scott A. Jensen, Carolynn S. Kohn, Matthew P. Normand, et al.. "Providing Faculty iPods to Explore Innovative Teaching and Learning" Journal of Effective Teaching Vol. 8 Iss. 2 (2008) p. 21 - 31
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