Sponsored by the University Corporation at Monterey Bay
WeTEC in partnership with CAT-The Center for Academic Technologies-was awarded a grant by the Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education (FIPSE) at the US Department of Education (October 2009). This two-year project will integrate an array of handheld devices across the curriculum. These include Flipcams, Touchbooks, Student Response Systems ("clickers" and "virtual clickers"), Writing Pads, Kurzweil software, and WizCom Super Pen Translator Handheld Scanners.
Project Executive Summary
We are a mobile society, attached to our devices, "untethered" to a network, and adapting ourselves into an "always-on, always-connected" culture. This transformation has profound impacts for today's campuses, which face an array of issues-including financial challenges, research, curriculum models, adherence to federal and state accessibility requirements, and best practices for integrating accessible mobile media content and tools into our students' academic and cultural lives.
CSUMB faculty and staff will address these challenges by demonstrating strategies to effectively integrate diverse technologies across the curriculum, providing accessible course materials for all students no matter what their physical or learning disability-and by extension, accessible to all learning modalities, structured around the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL).
The project will provide students affordable access (at minimal rental fees) to such tools as Student Response Systems ("clickers") pocket size-cameras ("flipcams), Touchbooks (notebooks with Tablet functionalities), Writing Pads, Kurzweil 3000 software and Super Pen Translator Handheld Scanners-so that they may integrate these into their learning-on campus, in the community, and at home.
The goals of this project are to motivate faculty and staff at other institutions who are not yet making their courseware and technologies 508 compliant to take on these standards so that all students are well served-and not just those mandated under the guidelines of national regulatory policies.
We trust that our curriculum models, case studies, best practices and other examples shed "new light" on using assistive technologies and how these may be applied to UDL. We believe that by sharing our experience broadly and creatively, we may inspire others to advance accessible, mobile education in new directions.
This new project will integrate mobile tools across the curriculum by allowing students to rent at low fees devices to assist them in achieving the learning outcomes for their courses.
This Project is supported by a grant from the
US Department of Education,
Fund for the Improvement of Post Secondary Education/FIPSE