PSWS nursing instructor part of University classroom technology pilot program

Michael Evans, MSN, MSEd,  RN, ACNS, CMSRN, CNE was one of 23 Penn State faculty to participate in a 2012-13 pilot of the new technology application, Doceri, facilitated by the University's Information Technology Services (ITS).

Doceri is a professional iPad interactive whiteboard and screencast recorder with sophisticated tools for hand-drawn graphics and built-in remote desktop control.

Mr. Evans used the Doceri application in one of his courses, Nursing 390: Transition and the Professional Nursing Role. "It allowed me to be more mobile and interactive in the classroom," he said. "It allowed me to move around more in the classroom and highlight important items in my presentation."

Doceri allows instructors to walk throughout their classrooms and engage with students, while projecting a computer desktop, on which they can write and sketch using an iPad. It also allows instructors to import reusable images into the application, which can then be drawn on and annotated during class. After class, those images can be saved and exported as PDF files for further use.

Mr. Evans would definitely recommend Doceri to other faculty.  "Give it a try," he said.  "I think that it is imperative that instructors continually evolve and integrate new technology into the classroom in order to meet the needs of today's learner."

In addition to his participation in the Doceri pilot program, Mr. Evans also attended the Penn State Symposium for Teaching and Learning with Technology on March 16, and served as a panelist for the "Campus Perspectives on Doceri Use in the Classroom" presentation.

The Penn State Symposium for Teaching and Learning with Technology is both an annual one-day event and a year-round online discussion of ways that faculty are using technology to enhance teaching, learning, and research/