SOCW 355 Multicultural Issues - Shanalingigwa

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About This Article

This article describes how mobile computing, specifically tablets, was piloted in Prof. Oswald Shanalingigwa's SOCW 355 Multicultural Issues to transform teaching and learning.

Intended Audience

WSU instructors interested in past faculty experience with tablet devices in the classroom.

Summer 2013 iPad Pilot

Students in this course had access to an iPad tablet to use throughout the summer semester along with several apps selected by Dr. Shanalingigwa for use in class and in the field.

How the iPads are Used in SOCW 355

In SOCW 355, Professor Shanalingigwa sends his students into the field to study culture, multiculturalism, assimilation, pluralism, citizenship, immigration, and refugee status first hand. Students need to communicate with each other and the instructor from the field and send back evidence and artifacts in the form of notes, videos, and audios in a timely manner.

Professor Shanalingigwa chose to pilot iPads in his SOCW 355 class to assist students in their communication and recording from the field as well as their work from home. This left the major objective of this tablet pilot to be:

  • Determine whether the iPad would simplify and speed up student communication. Dr. Shanalingigwa hoped to discover the value of the iPads as tools in learning. Students found the tablets' size and mobility handy and found communication easier.


Changes in the classroom

  • Responses to assignments came faster. Because of the flexibility of the iPads, students were able to quickly record, edit, and transfer artifacts from site visits to Professor Shanalingigwa. Students are expected to complete their assignments anywhere in the United States but to get their captured "real moments" sent back to Professor Shanalingigwa within a few hours.


  • Configure the iPads to support Word and PowerPoint documents. Applications that support viewing and reading of standard Office documents should be standard issue on all iPads.

iPad Applications Employed in SOCW 355

Professor Shanalingigwa used the following applications in his SOCW 355 iPad pilot:

  • Dropbox
  • Facebook

Descriptions, pricing, and links to iTunes for each of these applications is available on the iPad Pilot Applications page.

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