Can iPod Touches Help Students Learn Nueroscience?

In the spring of 2010, liaisons at the University of Richmond’s Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology teamed up with professors interested in mobile learning by providing iPod touches and microphones to proposal-winning faculty. Allison Czapracki, technology liaison to the sciences, guided biology professor Dr. Linda Boland and her students in finding relevant neuroscience applications and podcasts, setting up a flash-card system used on the web and iPod touches, connecting them with a digital storytelling class, and using discussion forums to reflect on and evaluate one another’s digital stories.

Did students think that using the iPods for course-related work helped them learn the material better, or were they just another flashy device? Were students more engaged with the subject matter? Did the students benefit from creating neuroscience digital stories, and was the investment in that project worth the professor’s and students’ time? Czapracki will share the results of this experiment and reveal Dr. Boland’s insights and lessons learned about teaching with iPod Touches.