Technology + Design + Academics

 

 

 

Inspired by helping students' achieve academic success, we are testing new methods of packaging information by thoughtfully interweaving new technologies with design and cognitive research to create responsive, intuitive, and
mobile education.

 

Mobile Education

Interactive Curriculum

Data Visualization

Mobile Applications

As technology has evolved to put increasing capabilities in the palms of our hands, so has the ability to capture learning experiences in ways unlike ever before. Developers at Ball State University envisioned a digital application for handheld devices that could integrate photos, video, sketches, field-recorded audio files, and a global positioning tracking system into one package. The result was Traveler—a unique application designed by Ball State to assist students with creating detailed trip journals as they travel the country, or globe, through the university’s immersive field study programs.

Google Play Store: User Reviews

Google+: The Traveler

 

Interactive Curriculum

This prototype is the first phase in changing CAP's first year curriculum into engaging interactive content for students. After developing the initial content, we worked with faculty to explore ways to utilize iPads in the classroom as well as create their own interactive content to share with the students on the iPads.

In this pilot class, 35 students were issued iPads to use for the Biomimicry section of the course. The interactive reference book has videos, vocabulary words, quizzes, links to other resources, and project pages with written directions and examples of previous students work for clarity. This module replaced the current 8.5 x 11 handout of the topic outline and project description.

Watch the demonstration

 

Data Visualization

For the next phase of development, we chose to apply data visualization technology to the works of art in the David Owsley Museum of Art.

http://thinkmap.bsu.edu/art

From the homescreen, select a category of art. The art from within the category will fan-out to display the collection. Click-on a piece of artwork to bring it into the center of focus. To view more details, click-on the image, and then click-on the 'select' button to discover more about the piece. By selecting each category surrounding the image, you can view additional works of art that are from the same century, period of art, and artist, or works of art using the same materials or techniques.


For the preliminary stage of applying data visualization technologies to education, we chose one of the university’s core curriculum courses, Word Origins and Vocabulary Development. For this test, prefixes, bases, suffixes were mapped together to show the relationships among parts of words to the whole word. The information cards relative to each part contained information about their rules of use, meanings, and origins.

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