Wacom pen tablets allow students to submit on-the-fly mathematics artifacts to improve efficiencies in general education outcomes assessment at Upper Iowa University.
FAYETTE, Iowa (November 26, 2012) – In 2011, UIU implemented LiveText, a comprehensive e-Portfolio, learning assessment, and accreditation management service to enhance its general education course assessment process. General education courses provide students with skill sets sought after by employers.
As stated in the UIU GEAR (General Education Assessment Requirements), "The approach to general education assessment at Upper Iowa University represents a departure from traditional strategies focused on teaching and instead focuses on student-centered learning strategies that integrate critical thinking, problem solving and respect for intellectual property in all aspects of the learning experience. As part of the overall Academic Quality Improvement Program, Upper Iowa University seeks to continuouslyreflect on its vision to develop global citizens who become lifelong learners prepared for leadership."
In order to capture on-the-fly student artifacts, UIU's mathematics department purchased Wacom pen tablets for use in general education math classes. A year later, assistant professors of mathematics, Mary Stangier and Dr. Le Gui, say the devices have been invaluable and time-saving when it comes to assessing general education courses for an engrafted Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) action project.
With the aid of the pen tablet, students electronically record their assignments, and upload them directly to LiveText. Prior to the implementation, instructors and staff were required to scan each assignment and import the documents into LiveText.
The pen tablets also provide UIU students with another mode for accessing 21st century learning skills. "We found that students naturally collaborated with any technology issue," said Staniger. "Students quickly assumed the role of trainer. If anyone had trouble downloading, saving or submitting, multiple students were ready to help their peers."
About Upper Iowa University
Founded in 1857, Upper Iowa University is a private, not-for-profit university providing undergraduate and graduate degree programs and leadership development opportunities to some 6,200 students—nationally and internationally—at its Fayette campus and learning centers worldwide. Upper Iowa University is a recognized innovator in offering accredited, quality programs through flexible, multiple delivery systems, including online and independent study. For more information, visit www.uiu.edu.
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