UC Davis Information & Educational Technology

UC Davis iPhone Research Program

Sponsor: Peter M. Siegel, Vice Provost for Information and Educational Technology, and Patricia Turner, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies

Status: The UC Davis iPhone Research Program for Teaching and Educational Technology was officially launched on July 16, 2007, on the first day of the Summer Institute for Technology in Teaching (SITT). Faculty participating in the institute and/or in the Faculty Mentoring Faculty Program have until August 15, 2007 to submit an application (see program details below).

Rationale: UC Davis is one of several campuses working with Apple’s University Education Forum (UEF) to investigate how iPhones might be used effectively in post-secondary education, and how they could be integrated with other educational technologies.  John Couch, Vice President for Education at Apple Inc., works with the approximately twenty campuses represented on the UEF, to help Apple understand higher education’s technology needs.  Some of the campuses represented in the UEF that will be participating in Apple’s iPhone research program include: UCLA, UC Berkeley, UC San Diego, Stanford, Duke, Carnegie Mellon, Sac State, and Foothill-De Anza Community Colleges.  UCDavis is among a select first wave of campuses looking at iPhone technologies, teaching and technology.

UC Davis faculty and staff who are known users and/or developers of educational technology are invited to propose a small research project involving the integration of iPhones in their instruction, and/or in their use or development of educational technology.  The results of the individual research projects will be documented, evaluated, and reported to the campus and back to Apple via the UEF.  One or more participants may also be invited to co-present at a conference to report on our findings through this program.

Program details:

  • Purpose: The purpose of the UC Davis iPhone Research Program is to invite faculty and staff who are invested in using or developing educational technology to think about how iPhone technologies might enhance teaching and/or the technologies that are employed in teaching on our campus.
  • Who can apply: Faculty attending SITT or who are members of the Faculty Mentoring Faculty Program are invited to apply.  Employees of IET-Mediaworks and Classroom Technology Services are also invited to apply. 
  • Proposal evaluation: A review panel (consisting of faculty plus the Directors of the TRC and of Mediaworks/Classroom Technology Services (MW/CTS) will select six projects – three from faculty, three from staff.  The finalists will then meet with the TRC and MW/CTS to coordinate the projects and funding. 
  • Allocation of iPhones: Each research project will require the use of one iPhone – the cost of the iPhone will be covered by the program.  Principal Investigators (PIs) will be allowed to keep the iPhone upon completion of their projects (see Funding below).
  • Deadlines:
    • By August 15, 2007: Interested faculty and staff should develop and submit individual or joint proposals (i.e. joint faculty and staff).
    • By Sept. 1, 2007: Projects should begin as soon as possible following the selection of the research proposals, but no later than September 1, 2007.
    • By Dec. 15th, 2007: Projects (or at least a proof of concept) must be complete. Projects that were granted additional time beyond this deadline (Phased approach) must complete and submit at least a proof of concept in order to qualify for ongoing funding.
    • December 15th: A project evaluation and report must be submitted, regardless of whether the project is completed or is a proof of concept.
  • Funding: The iPhone Research Program is being funded by the Vice Provost for IET, Pete Siegel. Pedagogical and technology support and resources are provided by the Teaching Resources Center and IET-Mediaworks and Classroom Technology Services.
    • Program funding will cover estimated costs for the purchase of one iPhone and for project-related usage on the account (to meet the research needs) through December 2007.  
    • PIs will be expected to purchase their own iPhone and to set up an iPhone account (if they do not already have an iPhone and/or an account that can handle an iPhone). 
    • Any account costs incurred during the course of the project that are not related to the project (e.g., personal long distance calls, non-project related text messaging, download of digital music files for personal use, etc.) will not be reimbursed to the participant.
    • After December 2007, the iPhone owner will be responsible for all costs associated with the iPhone account. 
    • Additional funding will be made available should the research results lend themselves to a presentation at a recognized higher education conference, such as Educause or ELI. 

    Application details:

    Submit a brief but succinct proposal that outlines the line of inquiry that you would like to research and/or experiment with.  The research could involve any of the following or something completely different – show us your creativity!!!

      • Testing iPhone with an application or applications for use in your fall quarter class
      • Working with a staff member to investigate interfacing the iPhone with an educational technology currently available at UC Davis
      • Learning how to use the various iPhone technologies and documenting how they might help you be more effective in your teaching.

      What to include: Your application should address the following topics:

      • A description of your goal: i.e. what need or issue would you like to investigate,(how you would like to be able to use the iPhone in your instruction and for what purpose), by the end of your project.
      • What you will need to research, learn, or develop in order to achieve the above goal.
      • Will you need any assistance from an IET or other staff person ?
      • A timeline for your project
      • Will you need additional time beyond the December 15th, 2007 deadline to complete your project ?  If so, you must propose a phased approach that includes at least a completed “proof of concept” by December 15th, 2007.
      • How you will evaluate / analyze your findings.
      • A statement of commitment to delivering a report by December 15th
      • Contact information where you can be reached this summer.

      Your application need not be long – just long enough to inform the committee and help us understand what you are wanting to do.

      Submitting your application: You may submit an application in any of the following ways:

      • As an attachment to an email to mediaworks@ucdavis.edu; or
      • As a hard copy delivered to Mediaworks in Surge II – addressed to the iPhone Program; or
      • As a hard copy to the TRC in Wellman – addressed to the iPhone Program

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