Mobile/Digital Now is about transforming the Stony Brook University experience across campus. Through active engagement with faculty and students we are working to reinvent both physical and virtual learning environments, optimizing wireless access, inspiring instructors to move to digital content, and to leverage mobile access across the lifecycle of student experiences.
We will work with the Stony Brook community to embrace the ideals of a Mobile/Digital Now approach to providing enhanced access to anytime, anywhere teaching and learning resources.
We aim to control the cost of textbooks through the use and adoption of digital content. We will provide faculty with both face to face and online resources to help guide their move toward creating and delivering content for a Mobile/Digital campus environment.
Through the innovative MDN Faculty Fellowship program we will build an engaged and digitally ready community of faculty who will be ready to transform the academic experience of our students.
Control the costs of learning materials through eTexts, open course materials, and Stony Brook University designed content.
Provide Stony Brook University students with a modern experience focusing on access to learning anytime, anywhere.
Support our faculty in the appropriate utilization of technology to enhance their teaching and scholarship.
Increase access of critical courses to enhance both retention and four year graduation rates.
Equip our University community with state of the art mobile devices that are capable of enhancing the experience for our faculty, staff, and students.
Provide the University community with access to critical systems and services while on the go.
“I’m trying to see how much more intimate and collaborative we can make things and how much more we can amp up the social connection that happens in the classroom using technology. A lot of times we think of technology as disconnecting us with other people, but I think a lot of times the converse is true. I teach visual arts and literature, so I work a lot with electronic archives and visual imagery connected with the literature I teach. I always try to make my resources electronically available. While I’m already using a lot of technology, I’m really curious about ways we can do in-class collaboration with iPads and virtual equipment.”
“Nowadays technology is everpresent in our student's lives. Properly used, technology can be a potent tool for effecting a positive change in learning outcomes and student success. Technology is also changing the way I teach. My search for effective ways to reach different types of learners and to assess student understanding through multiple means is ongoing. It has also enabled a wealth of opportunities to enhance the relationship between me and my students. Suffice to say, the use of technology contributes immensely to the myriad of activities which continue to make teaching and learning more meaningful and fun.”
"I have no doubt in my mind, that the use of mobile apps and devices equipped with sensors will usher education into a new realm of hands-on, flexible, and always-available learning. Through this fellowship, I hope to create a new digital framework for my Freshman Design Innovation class with all its lecture and video content available on the mobile devices with instructors available a click away. Students will be able to connect and engage with their classmates in meaningful discussions, and then come to class better prepared to work on hands-on assignments and projects. My vision is to use mobile technologies in my classes to remove the artificial boundaries between learning and playing while providing more time for hands-on activities that enhance student's cognition.”
"I’d love to see the day, and I don’t know if I’ll be teaching long enough to see it, where every student has their own tablet-like device with them and everyone is connected to the Internet, because we could do a lot more creative things. Chemistry is a very visual subject. A good chemist has to become somewhat of an artist. So, we have to teach students how to draw and we’d really like to be able to do that in class, and of course, a tablet is ideal for drawing. Our students actually use their cell phones and take pictures, but if they had a tablet, they could draw. Drawing on a phone is not the easiest thing to do."
On Monday, July 6, 2015, Stony Brook University’s Mobile/Digital Now initiative provided 185 EOP/AIM freshman with iPads as they began their four year journey at the University’s Summer Academy. These iPads serve as reinforcements in the University’s commitment to access to excellence for this cohort of freshman and as part of an initiative to help transform and reinvent learning environments, while providing enhanced access to anytime, anywhere learning resources. Additionally, it supports Stony Brook faculty in the appropriate utilization of technology to enhance their teachings, will control costs of learning materials for students through eTexts, increase access of critical courses to enhance both retention and four-year graduation rates and equip the University community with the latest mobile devices that will aide in future academic success.