2003 UNC Teaching and Learning with Technology Conference
March 2729, Greensboro, NC

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Secure Digital Mobile Classroom

Jackson, Mary S.         (252) 328-1448
      Criminal Justice Studies
      East Carolina University
First co-presenter: Stevens, Nathan C.    
Organization: East Carolina University

Abstract (up to 200 words):
Work in Progress: This project is testing the fesibility of using handheld computers (PDA's with Secure Digital Cards or e-cards) with criminal justice students. We are testing the PDA's with students who are in the military, law enforcement officers, probation officers and students who do not have frequent access to a home or work station computer. Currently ten students are using the instruments. Three of the students are in the military (just been deployed) and one sent to Quantico for training. These students are able to continue their classwork even though there has been an interruption in their personal lives. The PDA's have been programmed with the class work and the e-cards function like a text book for the students. This project was funded by the NC Governor's Crime Commission. The project started October 1, 2002 and we are still in the testing phase as more students are being deployed because of the impending war. We feel that these tools will become extremely teaching tools for educators in the future. East Carolina University is the only University in the Country, to our knowledge, that is testing mobile classroom teaching for military and law enforcement officers. We currently have 10 units that are being used by military and or law enforcement officers. Three of the military students are being deployed and one law enforcement officer is on "special assignment." These students do not have regular access to a computer work station. Therefore the handheld computers with the e-cards are a good tool to utilize so that these students can continue their education. We are currently testing the fesibility of their use to determine if this is a reasonable academic tool for military and police officers who are committed to not only to "serve and protect" citizens, but also committed to education as well.

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Session type:
Short presentation (20 minutes)

Time slots:
C9 - Fr 4:30 - 5:15

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