“If you focus on a tree you may miss the forest” stated Dr. Alison Terry, a Higher Education Apple Executive, who guided the discussion at our final iPad meeting of the semester. Through a thoughtful conversation she challenged us to think of the big picture instead of focusing our attention too narrowly on the technology. If you have a goal for your course, department, or organization, what challenges prevent you from achieving your goal? After carefully considering your goals and challenges you can then work towards the best solution. For instructors, in some instances there may be an app that can help you to disseminate your course materials in an exciting way that works for both you and many of your students, but far too often finding feasible solutions will require more thought and effort.
If we begin to think about collaborating across schools we can harness the knowledge, wisdom and experience of our faculty and students to perhaps resolve some of the common issues that abound in the classroom. Our final meeting was certainly a departure from our typical iPad discussions, but I believe it left many of us thinking. If you have any ideas that you would like to explore, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you to all of the presenters and attendees of our spring semester iPad meetings. We look forward to meeting with all of you in the fall. Please take a moment to complete the iPad meeting survey that you have already received.
Have a wonderful summer!