Promoting Student Engagement & Active Learning with Digital Devices
Vyacheslav Dushenkov, Assistant Professor; Zvi Ostrin, Associate
Professor, Natural Sciences, All from Hostos Community College
The accessibility of digital devices, ever-growing web-based content, and teaching apps call for developing innovative pedagogical methods for integrating digital materials into the teaching process. Mobile devices in the classroom and laboratory promote individualized active learning, increase student enthusiasm and engagement, augment the retention of material, enhance information access, permit 3-D visualization and virtual dissection of anatomical structures, and facilitate virtual microscopy. Although we have effectively used iPads in the A&P lab environment, it is clear that the use of digital devices in science courses needs continued assessment.