Spring term is now over, and we've wrapped up using the iPads in Patricia's technical writing course, Stuart's graduate level course, and the teacher training course for new technical writing instructors. Seems like the term just flew by, and we barely posted here this term.
Last week and this week, Stuart, Patricia, Erin, Brian, and I met to go through students' iPads to check to see what sort of settings they changes, what apps they downloaded, and get a general sense of how students used their iPads (data which we'll use in conjunction to interviews and written responses). Here are some pictures from today:
Stuart, Erin, and Brian collecting data from iPads.
Brian reporting data to Patricia, who is recording it on a spreadsheet.
Brian showing off the Harmonica app on the iPad.
From here, what's the plan? We're currently transcribing interviews from the fall and spring, and should get the ball rolling on writing up an article this summer. In the fall, Stuart and I will be re-imagining the technical writing course to integrate some of the features of the iPad better, and to imagine a technical writing course that takes into account the ways technical writing is and may be changing because of the logic of apps, mobile devices, and tablet devices.