John K Caruso | University of Notre Dame
In August 2003, the Kaneb Center for Teaching and Learning and the Office of Information Technologies at the University of Notre Dame began a one-year collaborative initiative to explore the potential impact of tablet PCs as a teaching tool. Fourteen Notre Dame faculty members received a tablet PC with basic productivity software and initial training on its use. Staff from the OIT Office of Information Technologies, and the Kaneb Center for learning, worked with them on strategies for using the tablet PC in the classroom and provided assistance in preparing materials. The participants made the tablet PC the primary computer for their teaching role, using it regularly in at least one undergraduate course. They also participated in a study of the project, which included class observation and the sharing of a weekly journal entry detailing their use of the tablet PC. I was one of the initial fourteen.
I must acknowledge the efforts of Chris Clark of the Kaneb Center and Kevin Abbott of Office of Information Technologies at the University of Notre Dame, who developed and oversaw the project. It is their hard work and vigilant assistance that made the project an enormous success and this valuable information possible.