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Digital Central Academy Overview

The Digital Central Academy (DCA) is a yearlong program designed to equip, inspire, enable, and assist faculty in innovatively and collaboratively discovering best practices for mobile technologies in education.

The DCA goes far beyond simply providing faculty with mobile devices. Acceptance to the program involves a competitive, blind peer-review application process. Participants must also commit to a series of participation expectations including an intense 3-day hands-on workshop, and continuing throughout the academic year with ongoing collaboration both online and face-to-face.  A key program activity is the development by each participant of an Mobile Technologies Implementation Plan that identifies specific instructional and productivity goals that will be enhanced through tablet use, as well as identifying how the success of the plan will be evaluated.

For More Information

For more information about this program, please contact the coordinators at digitalcentral@uco.edu or call (405) 974-5595. 


Transforming education using mobile devices. 2016-2017 digital central academy.

Applications Are Not Currently Being Accepted - Please Check Back in Spring 2018!

Have you heard about the amazing things that faculty are doing with mobile technologies both in and out of the classroom? Are you ready and willing to use a tablet in your teaching and other faculty duties, but need assistance with getting started? Apply for the 2017-2018 Digital Central Academy!

Selected participants will receive their choice of an iPad, iPad Mini 4, Samsung Galaxy Tab S3, as well as classroom integration accessories. Participants will also experience an intense and exciting 3-day workshop the May 15th, 16th and 18th, 2017 that will prepare them to effectively integrate the tablet into teaching and other faculty work.

Only full-time UCO Faculty are eligible to participate in the Digital Central Academy. Individuals who participated in either the Digital Central Academy or iPad Academies in May of 2013 or earlier are also eligible to apply but preference will be given to faculty who have not previously participated. 

Apply now for the 2017-2018 Digital Central Academy sponsored by the office of information technology. Applications due April 27th, 2015.Digital Central Academy Overview

The Digital Central Academy is a yearlong program sponsored by the Office of Information Technology. This program is designed to equip, inspire, enable, and assist faculty in innovatively and collaboratively discovering best practices for mobile technologies in education. 

Over the past six years, more than 85 UCO faculty members have participated in the Digital Central Academy and are now integrating tablets into their work. Now is your opportunity to participate!

The 3-day interactive workshop on May 15, 16 and 18, 2017, will focus on Transforming Education through the use of Mobile Devices and will include:

  • Using the tablet for Productivity and Professional Development
  • Mobile learning, active learning and other teaching strategies
  • App smashing and tablet creation workflows
  • And much, much more!

All interested individuals must complete a blind peer-review application process to be selected as participants in the 2017-2018 Digital Central Academy Cohort. Those selected will be expected to adhere to the guidelines outlined in the Agreement section below.

Only full-time UCO Faculty are eligible to participate in the Digital Central Academy. Individuals who participated in either the Digital Central Academy or iPad Academies in May of 2013 or earlier are also eligible to apply but preference will be given to faculty who have not previously participated. 

Proposal Review

Digital Central Academy proposals will be blind peer-reviewed.  Proposals will be scored according to overall quality as well as level of creativity and innovation in regards to a) overall interest in using mobile technology to transform teaching/learning, b) the use of the tablet to support other faculty work in addition to teaching, and c) setting mobile technology specific goals/expectations.

Proposal Guidelines (1000 words or less)

Please address the following in your proposal: 

  • Briefly describe your overall teaching philosophy and the role that technology tools (including tablets) plays in your philosophy and education as a whole. If you are unfamiliar with the use of tablets in the classroom, please please explain your interest in participating in the Digital Central Academy as it relates to your overall teaching philosophy and professional goals.
  • How do you see the integration of a tablet transforming your teaching and/or student learning in your courses?
  • How do you envision the tablet assisting you in your research and/or service activities (other faculty work)?
  • What is your typical approach to learning new technology or skills?
  • What do you hope to get out of the Digital Central Academy experience? 

Agreement:

By submitting an application, selected participants agree to the following: 

  • Fully participate in the 3-day Digital Central Academy workshop on May 15, 16 and 18, 2017.
  • Develop a plan for integrating the tablet into at least one Fall 2017 course and other faculty duties. Complete plan due May 2017.
  • Attend Digital Central Academy follow-up training sessions (at least 2) during the 2017-2018 academic year. (topics, dates and times will be announced in Fall 2017)
  • Attend three required follow-up meetings in September 2017, December 2017 and May 2018.
  • Be willing to share mobile technology integration experiences and ideas with the broader UCO community through various venues.
  • Review proposals for Digital Central Academy 2018-2019.

Digital Central Academy Applications are due by April 17th, 2017.  Selected participants will be notified by April 25th.

*Tip: It is recommended that you compose your responses in a word processor, and then copy/paste your responses into the online application form.

Applications Are Not Currently Being Accepted - Please Check Back in Spring 2018!