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Mobile Computing Awareness Day Sept. 14

September 7, 2011

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MACOMB, IL -- Western Illinois University's Mobile Computing Task Force is sponsoring its Third Annual Mobile Computing Awareness Day event 11 a.m.–2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14 in the University Union Heritage Room. Faculty and instructional staff members will be demonstrating their uses of mobile technologies in instruction, and those who attend can register to win an iPad. The event is open free to WIU faculty, students and staff.

The schedule for the Third Annual MCAD event is listed below. The iPad giveaway is scheduled for 2 p.m., and those who enter the drawing must be present to win (one entry per person).

11 a.m. — Welcome, University Union Heritage Room

Mobile Computing Task Force Chair and Dean of University Libraries Phyllis Self will kick off MCAD with a welcome message.

Presentations — University Union Heritage Room

  • 11-11:25 a.m. — Research with the iPad
    Presented by Jess White, associate professor, sociology and anthropology
    Relevant to all fields, this presentation will cover ideas and recommendations for using Apple's iPad device as a research tool. White will review applications (apps) that provide tools for reading and organizing articles and/or papers; preparing documents and drafts; organizing research questions and thoughts; organizing Internet resources; using Twitter in a research capacity; as well as other apps that make the iPad a useful research aid. (Note from the presenter: Although not the focus of the presentation, many of these applications are also available for the iTouch and Android devices; she noted that users of the iPad and these other mobile devices are welcome to share their experiences with the apps during her presentation.)
  • 11:30-11:55 a.m. — Your Third Identity – Online
    Presented by Jill Myers, associate professor School of Law Enforcement and Justice Administration (LEJA); Laurel Borgia, professor, curriculum and instruction; and Lisa Dennis, instructional design, Spoon River College
    The goal of this presentation is to increase awareness as to the impact of your third identity—your online identity—on your future. Mobile devices enable 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days per year connectivity with people, information and services. Without geographical limitations, instantaneous access and communication occurs through calls, texts and instant messages. Technology allows sharing of pictures and information within seconds of an occurrence. This ubiquitous dissemination of information is wonderful; however, its advent has created a new entity—your third identity.

12-12:45 p.m. — Table Showcase, University Union Heritage Room

Faculty and instructional staff members will showcase the ways they utilize mobile computing for learning in their classrooms.

  • Web Conferencing for Mobile Users
    Hosted/presented by Sean Cordes, associate professor, University Libraries, and Justin Georges, instructional materials specialist, University Libraries
    Adobe Connect is a flexible web-conferencing solution. Over the past year, personnel in the WIU Leslie F. Malpass Library instruction unit have used this web-conferencing software to deliver and support online meetings, eLearning and webinars. Now there's convenient mobile access with Adobe Connect Mobile, so users can participate from a variety of mobile devices. This presentation will demonstrate how to use an iPad and Android device to connect in a live meeting.
  • COEHS Faculty Innovators: The iPad Exploration Continues
    Hosted/presented by Dawn Sweet, instructional systems technology manager, College of Education and Human Services (COEHS), and Joanna Graham, instructor, health sciences
    This table will showcase iPad and mobile projects in which members of the Faculty Innovators program in the COEHS are currently involved. It will also provide an overview of topics new members of the Faculty Innovators program will be learning in face-to-face meetings over the next two semesters.
  • WIU Mobile
    Presented/hosted by Kim Sikes, associate director, Center for the Application of Information Technologies (CAIT) at WIU
    Sikes will demonstrate WIU Mobile, a free mobile application for WIU's Macomb campus designed for Apple iOS and Android devices. WIU Mobile offers the ability to view important campus resources and plan your time on campus directly from your mobile device. Stop by for an interactive tour of the features, which include a campus map, news, events, computer lab stats and residence hall dining menus.
  • How to Find Your Apps for iTouch, iPhone, iPad and Mobile Tablets
    Hosted/presented by Ledith Whitehall, instructional technologist, COEHS
    iTouch, iPhone, iPad and mobile tablets are terrific devices, made even more amazing by the huge number of applications available; however, it can be very difficult to find a particular type of application you might need or want. Even more difficult is finding the best application of a specific type. This table showcase presentation will provide you with helpful steps that will aid you in your search for the best application to suit your need.
  • Mixing It Up: Incorporating Mobile Media Content to Your Lessons Through the Use of iTunes U
    Hosted/presented by Sam Edsall, professor, broadcasting
    During this session, Edsall will demonstrate how iTunes U provides students the opportunity to access course content outside the classroom via their mobile devices. Students can download video podcasts of lectures, project examples and post homework assignments. Setting up, editing and adjusting folder parameters on iTunes U will be demonstrated.
  • Vultus Video Made with iPhone Photography
    Hosted/presented by Bruce Walters, professor, art
    This table showcase will display the Vultus video created with iPhone photographs from the art collection at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City (see Walters will also demonstrate and discuss iPhone photo apps.
  • University Technology
    Hosted/presented by Matthew Clark, consultant, research and instruction, University Technology
    At this session, learn how to set up your mobile device to work with Zimbra and/or learn basic functionality of some mobile devices.

12:45-1 p.m. — Break
1 p.m. Presentations Resume — University Union Heritage Room

  • 1-1:25 p.m. — Faculty iPad Use: Inside and Outside of the Classroom
    Presented by Paul Schlag, assistant professor, recreation, park and tourism administration
    This session will cover how Schlag's iPad use has changed his teaching inside and outside of the classroom. A discussion about the ideal role of the iPad in the learning experience will follow.
  • 1:30-1:55 p.m. — Using a Kindle and Twitter to Create a Dynamic Student-Focused Discussion
    Presented by Kathy Olesen-Tracey, instructional technology systems manager, CAIT at WIU
    This session will cover how instructors can use a combination of Twitter, YouTube and a Kindle to create an engaging and meaningful learning experience. Olesen-Tracey will explore how all these tools were combined to create a book discussion that received national attention and was recognized as a best practice from the National Institute for Literacy. She will provide attendees with ideas and the tips needed to implement these ideas.

2 p.m. — iPad Giveaway: Only one entry per person. Must be present to win.

For more information about MCAD, contact Chad Dennis at the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Research at WIU at (309) 298-2439 or

The Mobile Computing Task Force at WIU assists in establishing the framework for using mobile information technologies to promote the University's core values: academic excellence, educational opportunity, social responsibility and personal growth. As part of the MCTF at Western, approximately 30 committee members are investigating and examining how mobile technological devices can aid learning opportunities and provide Western's students with additional technology tools to explore and create meaningful learning experiences.

Learn more via the WIU Mobile Computing Blog at or visit MCTF on Facebook at

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