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Wireless Tablet PCs for enhanced teaching at an Australian regional university teaching both campus and distance modes

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2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Atlanta, Georgia

Publication Date

June 23, 2013

Start Date

June 23, 2013

End Date

June 26, 2013



Conference Session

Tablets, Mobile and Technology

Tagged Division

Computers in Education

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23.1373.1 - 23.1373.13



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Steven Chingnam Goh University of Southern Queensland

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Dr. Steven Goh completed his B.Eng. in Manufacturing at Materials at UQ, his M.B.A. in Tech. Mgt. at Deakin University, his M.P.A. at USQ, and a Diploma in Company Directorship from AICD. He joined USQ as an engineering academic staff in 2006 after spending ten years in industry in various roles including R&D manager, Business Development engineer to managing director of his own firm. Dr. Goh is currently active in a number of boards including the QLD Division committee of Engineers Australia and its sub-committee on Education Linkage (input into K12 and Tertiary Education). His research interests are in engineering education, engineering management, and renewable energy. He is a recipient of a USQ Faculty Award for Excellence in teaching-Early Career 2008, USQ Associate Fellow 2009, and USQ Senior Fellow 2010. He served as the 2012 QLD president of Engineers Australia.

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Linda Ann Galligan University of Southern Queensland

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Dr. Linda Galligan is the Department of Mathematics and Computing’s academic liaison officer, senior lecturer and mathematics coordinator. She teaches mainly into first year statistics and mathematics courses. She also has strong links with schools to provide programs and activities for students and teachers. Her research includes: comparing mathematical word problems in English and Chinese; code switching in Chinese/English; embedding academic numeracy in university programs; and more recently tablet technology and its impact on teaching and learning.

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Harry Ku University of Southern Queensland

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Dr. Harry Siu-lung Ku is a senior lecturer in the Faculty of Engineering and Surveying, University of Southern Queensland. He has 34 years of experience in tertiary education and industry in Hong Kong and Australia.

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Wireless Tablet PCs for enhanced teaching at an Australian regional universityteaching both campus and distance modesAbstract: This paper examines the concept of using Tablet PCs as a potential effectivelearning and teaching (L&T) enhancement tool in classroom environments. It reports onfindings and recommendations of a faculty sponsored L&T enhancement project in theFaculty of Engineering and Surveying at the University of Southern Queensland (USQ),which aims to investigate the role of wireless enabled Tablet PCs as a L&T enhancement tooland its impact on student’s retention and progression. The project has identified scenarios ofusing Table PCs by educators in classroom settings. These include using Tablet PC as apresentation medium with hand-drawing functionality, an electronic assignment marker, alecture recording tool, and a wireless video projector. Pedagogical aspects of wireless tabletPCs are widely explored in this paper. It is argued that the use of tablet PCs as a teaching toolhelps improve parity between on-campus and external students, improve interactivitybetween teachers and students, illustration of concepts, and turnaround of markingassignments.

Goh, S. C., & Galligan, L. A., & Ku, H. (2013, June), Wireless Tablet PCs for enhanced teaching at an Australian regional university teaching both campus and distance modes Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--22758

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