Leading scholars discuss JSU iPad, e-book successes

Diverse Issues In Higher Education
April 26, 2013

CyberLearning Summit Highlights Jackson State University’s iPad, e-Textbook Initiatives


April 25, 2013

Classrooms shifting to more technology

Imagine the possibilities if every student on every college campus owned a tablet, had 24-hour access to the latest apps and digital gear, and all faculty penned e-books for their courses. Jackson State University is marching toward this reality after its 2012 freshman class received iPads.

On April 25 and 26, leading scholars in cyberlearning will convene in Jackson to discuss the impact of the Technology Advantage Scholarship Initiative and raise their digital IQs during the Democratization of CyberLearning – Trailblazers Summit.

Students5_800x600“JSU is a trailblazer in the cyberlearning world,” said Dr. William McHenry, executive director of the Mississippi e-Center Foundation, which funded more than 1,150 iPad scholarships for JSU freshmen. “Universities from across the country are inquiring about this project, and we can’t wait to share our findings.”

The Mississippi e-Center @ JSU supports JSU, and is hosting the summit and offering worldwide access to sessions by streaming the summit live online.

Presenters include JSU’s Dr. Robert Blaine, a 2013 Apple Distinguished Educator; Harvard University’s Dr. Emorcia Hill, who will focus on cyberlearning research and evaluation; and Dr. Robbie Melton, who will share insight into Tennessee’s plans to implement a statewide mobile learning community in 40 institutions. Dr. Robert Michael Panoff, of the Shodor Education Foundation, will give a talk on how visualization helps improve the brain’s retention.

“Participants are going to take away the keys to the establishment of a new digital learning community,” said Blaine, JSU’s interim associate dean of College of Liberal Arts. “No university has taken on a task of this magnitude and uniformly trained faculty to erase blackboards as their primary platform.”

Organizers are incorporating engaging TED-type talks called J-Talks, virtual presentations, and a dynamic virtual interaction between summit participants and presenters. A JSU theatre professor is helping transform the conference center into an ideal setting for J-Talks. High school educators and college students will join professors and researchers at the summit. McHenry says TASI is supporting JSU’s efforts to change lives, and the summit will help JSU and other trailblazers learn from each other.

Seating is limited for the summit. A $50 registration fee covers three meals. Register at www.jsucyberlearning.com and text “jsucyber” to 72727 for updates.


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