Elizabeth City State University received a 2008 HP Technology for Teaching Leadership Award. The awards recognise instructors who use technology in such an innovative manner that it transforms the teaching and learning process. Only 10 campuses in the US and Canada received the Teaching Leadership Awards that provide a cash award and equipment to expand their classroom instruction.
These awards are reserved for universities as reinvestment grants awarded to HP Technology for Teaching grant recipients whose projects have demonstrated success in their first year of implementation. Dr Kuldeep Rawat, an associate professor in the ECSU Department of Technology, is the project director for the HP Technology for Teaching programme at ECSU. This programme was selected for its successful use of HP technology to enhance instruction; demonstrate a measurable, positive impact on student achievement; and expand the programme to cover other disciplines in science, technology, engineering and math.
During the 2007-2008 academic year, Rawat implemented HP mobile technology in two electronics engineering technology courses affecting 33 students. In the 2008-2009 academic year, the award will impact students in up to five courses–approximately 120 students. Specifically, students will use HP Tablet-PCs— small, hand held, mobile computers and related software. Those devices allow students to record classroom notes as digital files. The device also allows students to relay their work as digital files to the instructor for additional classroom discussion. The HP Tablet-PCs can be used from any location, during field trips, to allow students and instructors to interact on classroom assignments. The devices are scheduled for use this year with marine biology students who will conduct research from area waterways. On field trips, several students may collect water or soil samples from different locations yet relay their findings via the HP Tablet-PCs to an instructor who is based at a central location.
Rawat received a cash and equipment award valued at US$151,000. In addition to the award, a representative from ECSU will attend the annual HP Technology for Teaching Worldwide Higher Education Conference in San Diego, California in February 2009. During the conference, grant recipients will gather to exchange various uses of HP technology, such as the HP Tablet-PC, into the classroom.
Through a series of hands-on workshops, poster sessions and lectures at that conference, recipients from around the world will be invited to share their project details with peer educators across all disciplines such as mathematics; medicine and chemistry; and geological, physical, biological, and agricultural sciences. Many teachers and professors will also demonstrate their use of a variety of software solutions to support their course redesign efforts. Rawat says HP technology is invaluable for classroom instruction.
'This project will open the doors to endless instructional possibilities through the use of mobile technology in both classroom and field-based activities. I can now share classroom lectures and comments from attending students at a later time with distance learning students,' said Rawat. 'Students attending a lecture can use the HP Tablet-PC to relay their questions to the instructor and their classroom peers without interrupting the instructor as he/she speaks. An instructor can use the device to instantly poll students for responses. Then, the instructor can determine if students fully understand the topic being discussed before advancing to the next topic.'