# HP Tablet PC Project: 2007-08

Due to several issues related to teaching assignments and logistics, it was not possible to repeat the same project setup as in the previous year. Thus, making these systems available to other faculty seemed to be the best solution. Even though the Tablet PCs were used by faculty, students benefited from the improved dynamics in the classroom. Tablet PCs were used in 12 different courses taught by 5 faculty and 1 graduate teaching assistant. Overall, 478 students experienced these improved modes of instruction.

The PI instructed all participating faculty in the use of Classroom Presenter for classroom instruction as used in the previous year (see Academic Year 2006-07). Examples of Tablet PC uses in different fields are shown below.

### List of Impacted Courses

### ENGIN112 - Introduction to Electrical and Computer Engineering

- Instructor: Prof. Tilman Wolf
- Course web site: http://www.ecs.umass.edu/ece/engin112/
- Number of students: 95 (Fall 2007)
- Frequency of Tablet PC use: every lecture

### ECE122 - Introduction to Electrical and Computer Engineering II

- Instructors: Prof. Russ Tessier
- Course web site: http://www.ecs.umass.edu/ece/ece122/
- Number of students: 95 (Spring 2008)
- Frequency of Tablet PC use: every lecture

### ECE232 - Hardware Organization and Design

- Instructors: Prof. Sandip Kundu and Alodeep Sanyal
- Course web site: http://www.ecs.umass.edu/ece/ece232/
- Number of students: 78 (Spring 2008)
- Frequency of Tablet PC use: every lecture and every discussion section

### ECE242 - Data Structures and Algorithms in Java

- Instructor: Alodeep Sanyal
- Course web site: http://www.ecs.umass.edu/~mettu/ece242/
- Number of students: 65 (Fall 2007)
- Frequency of Tablet PC use: every lecture

### ECE324 - Electronics II

- Instructor: Prof. Douglas Looze
- Course web site: http://www.ecs.umass.edu/ece/ece324/
- Number of students: 50 (Spring 2007), 51 (Spring 2008)
- Frequency of Tablet PC use: every lecture

### ECE354 - Computer Systems Lab II

- Instructor: Prof. Israel Koren
- Course web site: http://python.ecs.umass.edu/~ece354/
- Number of students: 18 (Fall 2007)
- Frequency of Tablet PC use: every lecture

### BIOL514 - Populations Genetics

- Instructor: Prof. Ana Caicedo
- Course web site: https://spark.oit.umass.edu/
- Number of students: 22 (Fall 2007)
- Frequency of Tablet PC use: occasional use in lecture

### ECE580 - Feedback Systems I

- Instructor: Prof. Douglas Looze
- Course web site: http://www.ecs.umass.edu/ece580/
- Number of students: 20 (Fall 2007)
- Frequency of Tablet PC use: every lecture

### ECE581 - Feedback Systems II

- Instructor: Prof. Douglas Looze
- Course web site: http://www.ecs.umass.edu/ece581/
- Number of students: 10 (Spring 2007)
- Frequency of Tablet PC use: every lecture

### ECE604 - Linear Systems

- Instructor: Prof. Douglas Looze
- Course web site: http://www.ecs.umass.edu/ece604/
- Number of students: 7 (Fall 2007)
- Frequency of Tablet PC use: every lecture

### ECE655 - Fault Tolerant Computing

- Instructor: Prof. Israel Koren
- Course web site: http://euler.ecs.umass.edu/ece655/
- Number of students: 7 (Fall 2007)
- Frequency of Tablet PC use: every lecture

### ECE666 - Computer Arithmetic

- Instructor: Prof. Israel Koren
- Course web site: http://www.ecs.umass.edu/ece/koren/ece666/
- Number of students: 5 (Spring 2008)
- Frequency of Tablet PC use: every lecture

### ECE697AA - Computer Networks

- Instructor: Prof. Tilman Wolf
- Course web site: http://www.ecs.umass.edu/ece/wolf/courses/ECE697AA/
- Number of students: 29 (Spring 2007), 21 (Spring 2008)
- Frequency of Tablet PC use: every lecture

### Feedback from Instructors

### Tablet PC Use

- "Students had lecture materials ahead of class. I had the flexibility to write on it. This made dynamic modification possible while the students could pay more attention to class and less to taking notes."
- "I could easily do interactive use of pen on the slides when opened using classroom presenter. Since the slides and my interactive pen work to locate important features were all projected on a big screen, students could easily visualize the demonstration and thereby learn quickly."
- "I liked the ability to have the basic material available as a set of slides, but to be able to readily modify that to students' questions and uncertainties. In many ways, it was like my old teaching style at the chalkboard were I would write the basic material from my notes, and then modify it as needed. Now, however, I could readily incorporate many different sources of information (such as movies, Mathematica demos, and Matlab programs) and interactively present them."
- "I partcularly liked the Classroom Presenter software and its interactive feature. I could do all my board work on the slides and could display them to students in a much easier way."

### Improved Student Learning

- "I have no hard evidence. I used the Tablet PC to interactively solve problems posed to the students in class. The problem was presented in PowerPoint. I asked students how they would approach the solution, and to follow through with that approach. As the solution developed, I would add the students details to the slide. If the students seemed to get stuck, I would add the next step."
- "Students seem to like a diverse set of presentation styles in class. Just PowerPoint alone isn’t enough. The ability to write notes in real time is important and helps the learning experience."
- "Many students found this interactive use of computer pretty cool and it aided them to learn the course material in an easier way."

### Overall Impact

- "My teaching evaluations have been steadily improving since I began using the Tablet PC."
- "I would not go back to a regular PC for teaching."