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Notre Dame to launch iPad pilot program

The South Bend Tribune are reporting on Notre Dame’s iPad pilot program:

“This has become known as the iPad class,” Corey Angst, assistant professor of management at the University of Notre Dame, told his students on their first day of class Aug. 24. “It’s actually not … it’s ‘Project Management.’”

A member of Notre Dame’s ePublishing Working Group, Angst is debuting the University’s first and only class taught using Apple’s new wireless tablet computer to replace traditional textbooks. The course is part of a unique, year-long Notre Dame study of eReaders, and Angst is conducting the first phase using iPads, which just went on sale to the public in April.

“One unique thing we are doing is conducting research on the iPad,” Angst says. “We want to know whether students feel the iPads are useful and how they plan to use them. I want them to tell me, ‘I found this great app that does such and such. I want this to be organic …We have an online Wiki discussion group where students can share their ideas.”

The working group participants are from a broad array of colleges and departments, including the Mendoza College of Business, Notre Dame Law School, College of Arts and Letters, First Year of Studies, Hesburgh Libraries, Office of Information Technologies, Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore, Office of Sustainability, Notre Dame Press and Office of Institutional Equity.

One problem, IMO, with these programs is I think they’ve put the cart before the horse. They bought the hardware, but is the software really up to the task? We discovered from the KDX pilots that the Kindle wasn’t. I think we will see the same outcome here.

Bookbyte to launch ebook pilot program

From the press release:

Bookbyte, a trusted e-commerce pioneer and online bookstore, today announced it will launch a pilot project with Salem-Keizer Public Schools in Oregon to bring digital learning experiences to the classroom. The pilot project is scheduled to kick off this September in conjunction with the new school year. Bookbyte Digital, a division of Bookbyte focused on digital content and e-books, is partnering with the school district to deploy digital learning programs via Apple iPads to enrich students’ learning experiences, increase teacher productivity and provide learning analytics.

As part of the digital content pilot program, teachers and students at three schools: Hammond Elementary School, McNary High School and South Salem High School, will receive iPads from Bookbyte for classroom use to enhance the learning experience. The pilot initially will provide digital math and English curriculum to more than two hundred primary and secondary students. Some students will engage with the iPad in as many as three times a day.

Monterey College of Law to run iPad pilot program

From Campus Technology:

As the centerpiece of a new mobile computing initiative, Monterey College of Law (MCL) in California is distributing Apple iPads to all students enrolled in a supplemental curriculum program that helps them prepare for the state’s bar exam. According to information released by the college, all entering first-year students signed up for the program within the first week, as did 70 percent of the remainder of the student body.

The college said the impetus for the program, which launched last week, was a perceived need to create studying opportunities outside of the classroom for its students, who, with a median age of 38, are typically full-time workers attending school in the evening. MCL has 36 incoming first-year students and a total of 105 students this year in its doctor of jurisprudence program.

The pilot program was developed in conjunction with BARBRI, the bar exam review/prep provider. BARBRI is providing MCL’s supplemental curriculum program and has worked with the college to ensure that the students won’t be absorbing the price of the iPads, according to Mitchel Winick, MCL president and dean.

We’re probably going to see a rash of these programs in the next couple months, so I’ve added this as a category. Just off the top of my head I can think of 4 other pilot programs I’ve already covered.

This one’s rather interesting. Most of the students in this pilot are older than the average college student. We’re going to get opionion form a bunch of baby boomers basically, and the other pilots will be filled with Gen Xs.

Texas university to launch iPad pilot program

The student newspaper for Abilene Christian University, the optimist, are reporting:

Students in Dr. Ian Shepherd’s microeconomics class were greeted with more than just a syllabus on their first day of class Tuesday. The students were told they will be given iPads and told they will be among the first in the nation to use a textbook on the device.

The 50 students in Shepherd’s class, along with 14 students in a senior level marketing course taught by Dr. Rick Lytle, will be issued iPads with the preloaded digital text book for their course. Students will not pay for the iPad or digital textbook, but will return the device at the end of the semester.

ACU is collaborating with iPad textbook developer Inkling to investigate the textbook and platform along with some other software being used in the class.

Curiously enough, last fall ACU ran another pilot with an iPhone textbook app. ACU are probably working with the same developers.

South African university to launch new ebook pilot program

From the announcement:

The University of Stellenbosch Business School and the popular South African online retailer kalahari.net launched an electronic book (eBooks) pilot project to determine the usability of ereader software in the learning process.

According to Prof John Powell, director of the University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB), the school’s objective for this project is to determine the usability of ereader software (eBooks) in the learning process.

“We appreciate that eBooks are becoming a viable alternative for consuming content. In the absence of credible research to determine the consumption of eBooks in an academic environment, and clear indications of the impact on student learning, we initiated the project together with kalahari.net.”

According to John Jacobs, new business manager for kalahari.net eBooks, “the shared objectives of this project are to understand the consumption of digital content in an academic environment, so that we are able to respond to the challenges and leverage the opportunities.”

kalahari.net is developing its own eBook reader software which will allow people to read digital content, such as magazines or academic textbooks, on any device such as computers, hand-held ereaders or smartphones.

Did you catch the part where they said they were focusing on software, not hardware? They learned something from last year’s failed Kindle pilots.

via Marklives!com

DeVry, Oklahoma State to run iPad pilot programs

First off, the reason I know that Devry (a private university with 100k students ) are running an iPad pilot is because while I was at the ALA Conference, I bumped into the woman who runs it. She couldn’t give me details about the iPad pilot, unfortunately. That’s understandable. DeVry are a private corporation and the information is proprietary. But since the Devry Kindle pilot covered 3k students with Kindles, the iPad pilot will probably be pretty big (3k, no; 1k, maybe).

Campus Technology are reporting that OSU will run an iPad pilot this fall.

Oklahoma State University plans to run an Apple iPad project during the fall 2010 semester to research the use of the tablet device in a classroom setting. The initiative will integrate the iPad into classes led by two faculty members, one in the school of journalism and broadcasting and the other in the school of business. The experiment will involve about 125 students at two campuses, the main campus in Stillwater and the other in Tulsa. Each class will integrate the iPad differently but will focus on specific measurable outcomes.

ALA Conference Day 1: A secret Kindle pilot program

This was actually the third day of the conference, but it was the first that I attended. (Thursday and Friday didn’t have any ebook sessions that I could find.)

Conference Sessions

There were 2 sessions that I wanted to cover today, and a third that I missed because I didn’t realize it was related to ebooks. Fortunately Sue Polanka attended the 3rd session, and you can read about in 3 parts: here, here, and here. Of the 2 sessions I attended one isn’t worth writing about; there was nothing new. The other session was titled “Multiple Formats and Multiple Copies in a Digital Age”, and even though it’s about libraries I think it’s worth the time to write it up. I will post it tomorrow.

Exhibit Hall

I stopped by the Blio booth, and noted the location of a number of booths I wanted to visit on Monday. I found 3 different book scanners, and I’m going to try to get a video of each in action.


I have a dozen pens, a bunch of pads of paper, and quite a few pins. I know that’s not much, but I wasn’t in the hall much today. Later in the day I caught the beginning of a session sponsored by Tor-Forge, and they were giving away bags of books. All were paper books, unfortunately (I was hoping for ebooks). But I wasn’t there for the books anyway. No, I was there to get Cory Doctorow to sign my Kindle cover. He did.

Devry’s Kindle Pilot Program

The word of the day is: serendipity. At one session I happened to sit in front of someone who works for Devry. She mentioned to her companion how few ebook sessions there were (she’s right), so I turned around and told about the ones I knew of. We got to talking, and it turns out that Devry started a 2 year long Kindle pilot program some time back. They gave 3,000 students Kindles, and then tracked what happened.

She said it was a colossal failure. She didn’t give specifics, but she did say that by the one year mark only about 2/3 were still using the Kindle, and no one was using it as a textbook. She also mentioned that Devry had been quietly talking with their competition about the Kindle pilot program. She hinted that the University of Phoenix had also run a Kindle pilot, and had gotten similar results.

Ebrary announces new digital library pilot program

From the press release:

To help public libraries address the growing needs of school students, job seekers, and other library patrons, ebrary®, a leading provider of digital content products and technologies, today announced a new pilot program that combines more than 20,000 e-books from leading publishers under a simultaneous, multi-user access subscription model; free access for local public high schools; do-it-yourself e-publishing tools; and complimentary marketing services.

For more information, or if you want to see a demo, contact ebrary at: [email protected].

New e-reader pilot program launched in Germany

The University of Hagen (a distance learning school in Hagen, Germany) put out a press release earlier this month. A group of Graduate Education students were given Sony Touch Editions  for the summer semester. All of the content for the summer semester is included on the ereader, and the devices will only be loaned to the students for the summer semester.

Converting that content to a Sony compatible format took several months. As part of the program, the students are required to keep a weekly journal of their experiences. They’ll also be interviewed twice during the semester.