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transforming education using mobile devices

Mobile technologies, including smart phones, tablets and laptop computers, are being used more often in educational settings. As the availability of these devices increases, educators are finding new classroom uses – both face-to-face and at a distance – which can increase the interest of students, allowing them to learn anytime, anywhere. These technologies also facilitate access to information or classroom requirements in context, where the skills and theories are actually being used.

Learning that becomes possible with the use of mobile devices provides new challenges to educators. Many educators do not have the knowledge and training necessary to effectively implement mobile learning strategies in the classroom. In response to these unique professional development challenges, the Technology Resource Center at the University of Central Oklahoma has developed the Digital Central Academy, a year-long program designed to equip, inspire, enable and assist faculty in discovering best practices for mobile technologies in education, through innovation and collaboration.

The Digital Central Academy goes far beyond simply providing faculty with mobile devices. Acceptance to the program involves a competitive, blind, peer-review application process. Participants also must commit to a series of participation expectations including an intense three-day, hands-on workshop and continuation throughout the academic year with ongoing collaboration, both online and face-to-face.  Each participant must develop a Mobile Technologies Implementation Plan that identifies specific instructional and productivity goals, to be enhanced through tablet use, and an evaluation method for the success of the plan.

The focus of the three-day workshop is on the implementation of mobile strategies in the classroom through the use of tablet technology.

Applications may only be submitted between 3/25/19 and 4/12/19.

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Application Information

The Digital Central Academy is a yearlong program designed to equip, inspire, enable, and assist faculty in innovatively and collaboratively discovering best practices for mobile technologies in education.

All interested individuals must complete a blind peer-review application process to be selected as participants in the 2019-2020 Digital Central Academy Cohort. Those selected will be expected to adhere to the guidelines outlined in the Agreement section below.

Selected participants will receive their choice of an iPad or iPad Mini 4, as well as classroom integration accessories. Participants will also experience an intense and exciting 3-day workshop the May 20th, 21st and 23rd, 2019 that will prepare them to effectively integrate the tablet into teaching and other faculty work.

Applications for Digital Central Academy are due by April 12th, 2019.

Only full-time UCO Faculty are eligible to participate in the Digital Central Academy. Individuals who participated in either the Digital Central Academy or iPad Academies in May of 2015 or earlier are also eligible to apply but preference will be given to faculty who have not previously participated.

Proposal Review

Digital Central Academy proposals will be blind peer-reviewed.  Proposals will be scored according to overall quality as well as level of creativity and innovation in regards to a) overall interest in using mobile technology to transform teaching/learning, b) the use of the tablet to support other faculty work in addition to teaching, and c) setting mobile technology specific goals/expectations.

Proposal Guidelines (1000 words or less)

Please address the following in your proposal:

Briefly describe your overall teaching philosophy and the role that technology tools (including tablets) plays in your philosophy and education as a whole. If you are unfamiliar with the use of tablets in the classroom, please explain your interest in participating in the Digital Central Academy as it relates to your overall teaching philosophy and professional goals.   How do you see the integration of a tablet transforming your teaching and/or student learning in your courses? How do you envision the tablet assisting you in your research and/or service activities (other faculty work)? What is your typical approach to learning new technology or skills? What do you hope to get out of the Digital Central Academy experience?   

Application process details
NOTE: To ensure the integrity of the blind peer-review process, please do not identify yourself in your proposal by name or title.  Applications may be edited to omit identifying information before being sent to reviewers.