Touch surfaces, such as the iPad, are becoming increasingly important in the information technology arena as affords natural gesturing and importantly allow for easy viewing, storage and annotation of documents. Moreover, it has the support of a growing number of 3rd party application developers specialising in educational applications and utilities.
The project (iWestminster - The Westminster Learning Surface) aims to explore the potential of touch surfaces for use in higher education as part of the everyday experience in the delivery and use of teaching and learning material. The aim is to leverage the full potential of such devices by taking advantage of the natural interaction that these devices. In addition, it will explore the wide range of 3rd party and built-in applications that will support many core student activities such as reading and annotation of documents and textbooks, research, planning and day-to-day scheduling activities.
Some custom iPad applications will also be developed by Anne-Gaelle Colom and Philip Trwoga, to support the student learning (MiModule, MiGame), to ensure students make the right course and module choices (MiCourse), and stay motivated (MiGrade).