Implementing Wireless, Networked Learning Communities

By:
Ms. Deana Hueners,
Dr. Maureen Murphy,
Dr. Nancy Moose,
Dr. Justin Blessinger,
Dr. John S. Nelson
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The presentation will describe and critique the effectiveness of the instructional strategies, learning activities, and initial outcomes of implementing a Wireless Mobile Computing Initiative (WMCI) at Dakota State University. This initiative put tablet/notebook wireless computing devices (primarily Gateway M275 tablet PC/notebooks) in the hands of all full-time freshmen and sophomores in Fall 2004. The primary goals of the initiative were to encourage students to become more effective and independent learners and to provide faculty the tools to assist students in developing skills in accessing, organizing, analyzing, and presenting information using up-to-date resources and computing technologies. To fully utilize this technology, faculty redesigned curriculum and learning activities over the summer of 2004 to integrate this technology into all general education courses.

The presentation will investigate the practical and theoretical implications of the WMCI at DSU, considering the initial repercussions of the impact on faculty workload, the result of the dependence on electronic infrastructure, and the impact on student learning communities. Presenters will describe and evaluate various ways in which the Initiative was implemented, including how instructors organized classes in new ways as part of a drive toward "paperless" classrooms. Presenters will also begin to answer the question, "What happens when students are wireless, online all the time?"


Keywords: Wireless, Network, Tablet PC, Learning Community, Learning Communities
Stream: Technology in Education
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: Implementing Wireless, Networked Learning Communities


Ms. Deana Hueners

Instructor of English, English Department College of Arts and Sciences, Dakota State University
USA


Dr. Maureen Murphy

Assistant Professor of Computer and Writing, English Department College of Arts and Sciences, Dakota State University
USA


Dr. Nancy Moose

Professor of English, English Department College of Arts and Science, Dakota State University
USA


Dr. Justin Blessinger

Assistant Professor of Computer and Writing, English Department College of Arts and Sciences, Dakota State University
USA


Dr. John S. Nelson

Assistant Professor of English, English Department College of Arts and Sciences, Dakota State University
USA


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