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Bar-Ilan University teste l'impact de l'iPod sur les jeunes et les seniors


Vendredi 26 Mars 2010

Bar-Ilan University tests iPod impact on young and old




Source : Bar Ilan University

Bar-Ilan University tests iPod impact on young and old

Date: 2010-02-23 Hour: 12:55


How are mobile devices impacting on the young and the elderly in Israel? Information scientists at Bar-Ilan University are conducting research in Israel on the subject, and are carrying out a unique new study with the support of the Apple Research & Technology Support (ARTS) Programme.

Prof. Judit Bar-Ilan, of the University's Department of Information Science, together with two academic colleagues, has developed a two-part research project. The first examines how Apple mobile devices can help students in higher education, how their interactivity can be increased, and better learning achieved as a result. The second part looks at usability and accessibility of the devices for people aged 60 and above, their levels of satisfaction and enjoyment, and how their lives might be changed and enhanced.

To carry out the research, the team has been equipped by Apple with 40 iPod touch devices, three iMac desktop computers to analyze results, and two MacBook Pro laptops for fieldwork and displaying output.

Beginning in the spring 2010 semester, the research project will be integrated into the Department curriculum. A class of 30 undergraduates has been chosen as the student test group, and the Department's graduate students will help define the most effective ways to address the 60 and over group.

“We are giving iPod touch devices to all students in one class, to see how they affect learning in comparison with other classes in the same year,” says Prof. Bar-Ilan. “This means big changes in the way we teach and engage with students – less face-to-face learning, and more use of podcasts, generated by faculty and students, and distributed between them. Our goal is to see how iPod touches can be integrated into education and into the learning process. We assume that students will be more motivated," she adds.

“New technologies are changing people’s lives, and we need to understand what that means,” says Prof. Bar-Ilan. “We know something about how the iPod and iPhone affect young people’s learning and social lives. We are less clear how the elderly use and benefit from them."

The project will use the same iPod touch devices with the over 60 age group this summer. “The challenge here will be to give them the right kind of support, and identify the applications that interest them,” Prof. Bar-Ilan contends. “For example, most over 60s will probably not want to play with the iPod as young people do, but if they see that they can access emails from grandchildren, that could be a big incentive to use them. We will ensure they are introduced to the technology in very positive ways, with plenty of support, and a few tricks to speed up learning,” she adds.

The research methodology for young and older groups is comprehensive, consisting of questionnaires, interviews, observations and diaries, for example. This thorough approach is important because the team hopes the findings will provide insights into advantages of touch screen devices for the elderly population, and shed light on whether novel and attractive learning and teaching methods increase learners’ motivation.

The results could also provide the basis for future research into how new technology devices are used by different user groups.

This week Prof. Bar-Ilan and her team will present the project at the annual conference of the Israel Internet Association. “In Israel, we are in a time of great change in use of technology in education, and in society more broadly,” says Prof. Bar-Ilan. “Apple is at the forefront of much of that change, and we must harness it by understanding what benefits it can bring.”








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