Value of iPads for teaching and learning?

iPads: “Bane or Boon”?

An earlier post commented on the use of iPads in the classroom. The Chronicle of Higher Education notes two contrasting reports of the value of iPads for teaching and learning, the one referred to in the previous post and the other in the FT. The latter was much more positive about the value than the former:

How could this be? The two articles even reported on some of the same studies. One possible reason for the differing conclusions is that the FT story focused more on students’ reactions—the devices are great for reading, and just plain cool—and less on teaching.

For instance, both articles quoted Corey M. Angst, an assistant professor of management at the University of Notre Dame who tested the tablets in class. The FT reported, correctly, that students felt the iPad was easy to use and hard to give up. The Chronicle, however, also noted students’ complaints that it was hard to use iPads to take notes—the finger-touch interface isn’t good for writing. And one more telling fact: “For their online final exam, 39 of the 40 students put away their iPads in favor a laptop.”

Mr. Angst felt the iPad was an overall plus, but other professors who use computers in class to highlight material and respond to students’ questions said the iPad couldn’t do what they wanted.

No doubt iPads aren’t for everyone but, as the article also notes, iPad2 is arriving and may well address some of the issues identified in the piece.

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New FT 2009 MBA rankings

Latest league table from the FT is now available.

Not too much to get excited about but the top 10 do have something of a lead over the rest of the pack

1 University of Pennsylvania: Wharton
1 London Business School
3 Harvard Business School
4 Columbia Business School
5 Insead
6 Stanford University GSB
6 IE Business School
8 Ceibs China
9 MIT: Sloan
10 New York University: Stern

One particular high point for Nottingham University Business School in the alumni recommendations on CSR:

Best in corporate social responsibility

1 Univ. of Notre Dame: Mendoza

2 Nottingham University Business School

3 Yale School of Management

4 University of Virginia: Darden

5 University of California at Berkeley: Haas

6 IE Business School

7 Brigham Young University: Marriott School

8 Esade Business School

9 University of Michigan: Ross

10 University of North Carolina: Kenan-Flagler

FT Global MBA rankings

2008 Global MBA rankings

Just published by the FT.

Not hugely exciting but what does seem to me to be remarkable is that all of the UK institutions appearing in the top 100 have improved their positions since 2006 and all have improved on their positions over last year’s table (some dipped between 06 and 07 but only a few). Most UK MBAs though remain in the lower leagues with only LBS, Judge (Cambridge) and Said (Oxford) appearing in the premiership. Some definitely angling for promotion though and the trend is positive. (And University of Nottingham Business School charging up the table too!)