The 2013 Horizon Report identified tablet computing as a key emerging technology in Higher Education (HE). Laurillard (2007) states the iPad, has sold more than 85 million units up to the first quarter of 2014 and is predicted to sell over 377 million units by 2016. Literature exploring iPads and the creation of innovative iPadagogy facilitated through the use of iPads appear to be gaining ground, Hopkins (2014).
Discussions around whether or not the tablet computer is a game-changer and if it can it provide a transformative experience for teaching; learning and assessment are being explored within the HE sector, Cidre.(2014). The use of iPads as a dynamic learning tool and the use of iBooks as a dynamic learning resource for providing content may need to be considered.
Front Cover of Fire Safety ibook
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Returning to the Learning & Skills Exhibition for the second year, our areas of focus included gamification, augmented reality and mobile learning. We knew from experience that the conference provided access to a wide range of companies and industry leaders creating pioneering approaches to eLearning, both in business and education, so it was good to be able to speak to people in these fields to discuss practice and views. With over 230 exhibitors and 140 free seminars over 10 theatres, it was hard for two of us to cover everywhere, especially with over 6000 people buzzing around, but thankfully we managed to speak to the relevant stands covering our areas of interest.
The Technology Enhanced Learning Department, based in the Faculty of Health & Social Care, has been working in collaboration with Academic colleagues and WellChild, the national charity for sick children to develop an online resource to support and enhance parents’ knowledge of how to care for the WellChild.
Consisting of 5 eSessions; Tracheostomy Care, Gastrostomy Care, Oxygen & Suction, Basics of Ventilation and Basic Life Support, this online resource provides engaging and highly interactive learning content in an online learning environment which can easily be navigated by both parents and health professionals alike. Hosted in a Moodle environment and developed in Articulate Storyline, the package combines audio-visual components with interactive learning activities to enhance the user’s knowledge of how to care for the child with a tracheostomy or gastrostomy. Developed in collaboration with health professionals and Academic colleagues, the package is aesthetically designed to appeal to the parent with an emphasis on the visual appeal and instructional video content to highlight relevant procedures.