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Reactions to iPads and eBooks

This presentation will reflect on the integration of tablet-computers for content-based language education through evaluation of the students reactions to both digital materials (e-books produced by the presenters for content and language integrated learning) and the medium (iPads). Presenters will discuss the reactions of students and faculty to the e-books produced in-house for the content-based English language curriculum at a university in Japan. The university provided all incoming students with tablet computers (iPads) as part of its on-going commitment to curricular innovation and the use of the latest technology beginning with the 2012 entering class (April 2012). At this time, faculty began to transfer previously print-based texts produced in-house to the digital format for the tablet computers and to write new materials that took advantage of the features available in a tablet computer. The presentation will focus on the reactions to the e-books for the first two years of their use in this educational setting. Data for the presentation comes from both focus group interviews and individual interviews with students, surveys of student use of the e-books, and observations of how the e-books are by students in their learning. Students in their first and second years were surveyed regarding their use of the tablet computers in general and their use of the technology in their English-language courses. They provided information about use of the device, what they like and disliked about using a tablet computer, how they used the English-language materials both in class and out-of-class, and the overall impact of the tablet computer and the e-books on their motivation to study. Survey participants were also asked about their preferences in reading and to indicate whether they e-books were viewed as legitimate textbooks. In addition, the presenters will provide advice for other programs considering adoption of tablet computers and briefly discuss issues faced in the Japanese context for the use of tablet computers.

Author(s):

David Bramley    
Department of International and English Interdisciplinary Studies
Osaka Jogakuin University
Japan

Associate Professor
MA TEFL/TESOL
Materials Design, Language Education

Tamara Swenson    
Department of International and English Interdisciplinary Studies
Osaka Jogakuin University
Japan

Professor
PhD Communication
Materials design

Steve Cornwell    
Department of International and English Interdisciplinary Studies
Osaka Jogakuin University
Japan

Professor
Ed.D. Education
Content Based Instruction

Brian Teaman    
Department of International and English Interdisciplinary Studies
Osaka Jogakuin University
Japan

Professor
MA Education
Materials Development

Kazuko Tojo    
Department of International and English Interdisciplinary Studies
Osaka Jogakuin University
Japan

Professor
MA Education
Materials Development, language education

Brad Visgatis    
Department of Human Sciences, Comnmunication & Pyschology
Osaka International University
Japan

Professor
Ed.D. Educationm
Testing of Motivation

 

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