LOEX Conference Proceedings 2012

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To Go: Learning on the Go, Anytime, Anywhere

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What do you do when your classroom equipment and set-up are obstacles to effective, powerful and memorable instruction? The University of Virginia Library saw that challenge and sought a solution to teach undergraduate students effective research skills without compromising the amount or quality of instruction. What started as a half-baked idea sprung into reality in the form of a an iPad equipped, fully mobile classroom in a box.

Faced with an ever shrinking supply of computer-equipped classrooms, we increasingly relied on student-supplied technology to teach research tools and skills. This presents new challenges; not everyone has access to a mobile device or laptop, the quality of devices is varied, and the use of personal equipment increases student distraction. Sensing a trend, we investigated library-owned mobile devices as a way to eliminate these challenges and get back to the business of teaching.

Want to know what we did and how we did it? Join us to see how we folded the mobile classroom into existing space, maximized the mobility of the classroom, and the everyday logistics of selecting, storing, and maintaining the equipment. And of course, find out how our new technology was received and how we used it to teach research techniques to groups of undergraduates in their first semester.