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CAC Central Pool Proposal (2009-2010)

A. Project Title
Enhancing Learning and Collaboration Using Livescribe Pen Technology

B. CAC Priorities
1. Proposals for truly innovative projects that “push the envelope” and are not likely to
   be funded through other funding streams.
2. Proposals that facilitate interdisciplinary, cross-College projects.

C. Proposing Units
College of Business and
Department of Curriculum & Instruction

D. Responsible Administrative Unit
College of Business

E. Signature of Participants


_____________________________
Dr. Michael Crum
Associated Dean
College of Business
mcrum@iastate.edu

 
  
    
            

515.294.8105
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II. PROJECT OVERVIEW AND EXPECTED BENEFIT
The mission of Iowa State University is to, “create, share, and apply knowledge to make
Iowa and the world a better place” (ISU Strategic Plan 2005-2010). Promoting a culture
of “innovation, collaboration, and continuous improvement,” is a critical activity
supporting the mission of Iowa State University. This proposal aims to promote such
activities in three ways:

1. Continuous Improvement. Use a familiar and unobtrusive tool and enhance its
effectiveness through digitization of the task. The Livescribe smartpen
(http://www.livescribe.com/index.html) is a device which combines note taking and
audio recording into a simple, easy to manage system. The Livescribe smartpen enables
students to recall notes and ideas with greater ease. While students take notes during a
discussion or lecture, the smartpen records the conversation and digitizes the
handwriting, automatically synching the ink and audio, ensuring students never miss a
word. Students can access recorded lectures from classes simply by tapping directly on
their paper notes. By later tapping the ink, the smartpen replays the conversation from
the exact moment the note was written. The Pulse is the first to link intelligent audio
capability with data entry giving students an efficient way to save and replay their notes
while on the go. This makes it easy to find an exact quotation without having the
inconvenience of scanning the audio of a lengthy discourse using traditional audio
recording. Shortening the time it takes to find these audio tracks is bound to save time
for many students. This makes the Livescribe smartpen an ideal tool to improve
information recall and storage thereby facilitate learning. The smartpen connects to the
PC and the Mac, allowing students to transfer, backup and search for words within their
notes. Students can also transform their notes or drawings into interactive flash movies
and upload their creations online for anyone to see.

2. Collaboration. Enhance collaboration through enhanced mobility, interaction, and
coordination. Livescribe pen allows students to upload their notes and linked audio
recording to a private and/or public space. Livescribe desktop allows the student to
upload files onto their local computers and search their notes. Students may then upload
their note files to the Livescribe community in either a private or public domain.
Students may also email friends links to their note files, download the notes as a PDF or
share their note files through social networking sites such as Facebook. On the other
hand, Livescribe pen can be used by a student recorder during team meetings allowing
for capturing collective ideas and approaches to problems. The rigorous and continuous
documentation of team meetings and discussions have been proven critical for team
decision-making. Livescribe technology will be used to create a team identity and a
constant flow of teamwork documentation without the amount of work required when
using other traditional approaches, like typing meeting minutes, and audio recording of
team meetings. Learning in higher education is enhanced through use of social
networking and collaboration. The sharing functionality provided by Livescribe
technology supports student collaboration and facilitates teamwork, especially
interdisciplinary teamwork, when documentation of team processes and procedures is
critical for the development of a sense of belonging.

The Engineering Leadership Program (ELP) is interested in testing the Livescribe
Smartpen technology to enhance student development/interactions in co-curricular
settings. Possible scenarios of this testing would include: creating an "organizational
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memory" of project(s) and enhancing the process of leadership transitions, and/or
facilitating communication among freshmen engaged in service learning project(s) across
the colleges and curricula.


3. Innovation. Anywhere, anytime, anyway, access to learning objects. Electronic
learning resources that support mobile solutions create a culture of innovation and
enhance student learning. Currently, students use paper and pen, whiteboards, tape
recorders, or the traditional mouse and keyboard to capture ideas. This is useful in some
context, however during concept development students’ attention is often focused on
using the technology as opposed to idea generation and brainstorming. Using a more
natural way to transcribe and record information can promote peer-to-peer
communication and enhance idea generation. Livescribe smartpen strengthens students’
critical thinking, creative ability and communication skills by supporting a more natural
method of note taking with the power of smart technology to access the notes. Teams are
able to record concept development meetings and tie it to notes such as models and visual
representations of ideas quickly and easily.

Additionally, the ultimate goal of the using Livescribe smartpen technology is to
integrate student notes (files) with learning solutions such as ThinkSpace and eDoc.
ThinkSpace is a project currently under development by Dr. Pete Boysen of Academic
Computing Services. The ThinkSpace (PS) project goal is to develop a learning
management system (LMS) to support the design, presentation and evaluation of complex
problems for use in learning applications. ThinkSpace can be used within learning
management systems (e.g. Blackboard, Moodle, Sakai etc.) or standalone. eDoc is a
university-wide electronic portfolio system at Iowa State University. Designed and
developed here at Iowa State University, eDoc allows students (undergraduate and
graduate) to collect and present evidence demonstrating academic and professional
competencies to faculty advisors, departments, and potential employers. It also allows
students to interact and collaborate with their peers in a professional and scholarly
manner. (See Appendix B for additional information on ThinkSpace and eDoc learning
solutions.)

How will the proposed services be made available to all students?
Livescribe smartpen solutions require the smartpen hardware, the Livescribe desktop
application, and the special pixilated notepads. We are requesting Livescribe smartpens
be loaned out to students on a semester long basis. Students would check out the
smartpen and the supporting hardware (extra ink, notepads, charging cradle) each
semester. The smartpen would be returned at the end of each semester. If a student were
to not return all material (with the exception of the used notepad), then the student would
be held financially accountable for the missing equipment.

We plan on distributing the pens to students who are enrolled in senior level, capstone
courses where often students are part of a team tasked to deliver a completed project.
Capstone courses are part of many majors in the university. Once participating
departments identify the courses, pens will be allocated and distributed. Initially we
anticipate the capstone classes in management information systems (MIS 438) and
curriculum and instruction to avail of the pens. As we develop a sustained level of use,
additional pens may be procured using departmental resources.
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Livescribe desktop application is free to download. Students will need to download and
install the Livescribe desktop application on their own computer for use. Student
ownership of personal computers has grown significantly in recent years and hence the
need to install the desktop version of the software on these computers will not be an
issue. The desktop application can be found at
http://www.livescribe.com/smartpen/desktop.html. Post installation, the use of the
software is very straightforward. Students will dock their smartpen on their computer
with the provided USB connector cable. Livescribe desktop application will then be
loaded and the pen will automatically synchronize all audio and notes that have been
taken since the last time the pen was docked. Notes can now be searched, read, and
listened to. These notes are now located on the student's computer and can be viewed
through the Livescribe desktop application at any time post-synchronization. Visual
notes may also be printed on paper or saved to a PDF file. If the student is using the Mac
version of the desktop application, students may also opt to export the audio in AAC
format. Additionally, the student may opt to upload their notes with or without audio to
the Livescribe Online server. This will allow the student to share the notes with anyone
they choose to give permission to. Anyone viewing the notes through this method can
save the notes, without audio, as a PDF.

III. SUPPORT AND MAINTENANCE
Direct support for the Livescribe smartpen technology will come from College of
Business. Participating departments/units will handle their own distribution and return
process. In order to manage the process, the units may employ existing manpower or
request additional support as needed through cost sharing for staff, graduate or
undergraduate student support. The Livescribe Online web page is maintained and
supported by Livescribe, Inc and thus will not require additional support or maintenance
from Iowa State University. It will be the student's responsibility to keep their desktop
application up to date. The software will prompt the user to update when an out of date
version is being used. This takes minimal time and effort on the student's behalf.

III. BUDGET
The following table identifies the maximum and minimum investments required for the
Livescribe smartpen proposal.

Item                Item Price       Quantity           CAC          Total
MAX (1/Student)
Livescribe Pens       $129.00           100        $12,900.00     $12,900.00
(1GB)

Livescribe             $7.95            100           $795.00       $795.00
Notepads
Graduate Student    Quarter time         1          $6,300.00      $6,300.00
                                                   $19,995.00     $19,995.00
MIN (1/Team)
Livescribe Pens       $129.00           50            $6,450.00    $6,450.00
(1GB)
Livescribe             $7.95            50            $387.50       $387.50
Notepads
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Student               @$10/hr          160 hrs      $1,600.00       $1,600.00
                                                       $8,437.50    $8,437.50

The objective of the proposal is to support collaborative learning through the use of
unobtrusive technology. The Livescribe digital pen will be used in classrooms where
group projects are conducted. At a minimum, in a 50-student classroom, with 10 teams,
10 pens could enhance team learning (one pen per team) and can cover five such sections.
To fully support each students learning as well as team learning, all 50 students would be
provided a Livescribe smartpen, however reducing the number of sections that could be
covered. As a benefit of buying a greater number of smartpens, the ISU bookstore is able
to provide a $20 per unit discount on 50 or more pen purchase.

Purchasing Livescribe smartpen for the greatest number of students is aligned with ISU
CAC’s evaluation criteria in the following ways:
1. General student benefit: Students will be able to access notes and information more
efficiently and share progress with peers.

2. Innovation: Livescribe smartpen is the premier technology for note taking and idea
capture. The smartpen’s ability to link written notes with audio clearly sets it apart from
its nearest competitor. Moreover, the smartpen supports enhanced peer-to-peer
interaction and collaboration.

3. Contribution to instructional program: Livescribe technology will promote idea
exchange and note sharing between students and between students and professors.

4. Cost efficiency: Purchasing the greatest amount of smartpens reduces the cost per
pen by $20.

5. Integration with existing facilities: Livescribe smartpen is compatible with current
Windows and Macintosh systems
in place at ISU; Livescribe
desktop will be an extension of the
already first-class software ISU
provides to students.

Appendix A

The Pulse Smartpen:
   1. Power button
   2. Headset jack
   3. Built-in microphone
   4. Organic Light-Emitting
      Diode (OLED) display
   5. Built-in speaker
   6. USB connector
   7. Infrared camera
   8. Removable ink cartridge
   9. Rechargeable lithium battery (non-removable)
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Components of Livescribe Smartpen set:
  • Pulse smartpen
  • 3D Recording Headset and neckstrap
  • USB mobile charging cradle
  • Getting Started Guide
  • Starter single-subject, college-ruled notebook
  • Carry-all soft case
  • Ink cartridges and stylus
  • Interactive controls sticker sheet
  • Demo card

System requirements for installing and running Livescribe Desktop:
   • Mac Version
          o Mac Leopard OS 10.5.5 or newer
          o Intel-based CPU
          o 300 MB of free disk space
          o An available USB port
          o An Internet connection
   • Windows Version
          o Windows XP or Vista
          o 600 MHz CPU or higher
          o 512 MB RAM
          o 300 MB of free disk space
          o An available USB port
          o An Internet connection

Livescribe Dot Paper:
To perform its many operations, the Pulse smartpen requires Livescribe™ dot paper. This
paper is standard paper with printed microdots on its surface. These dots are nearly
invisible to the human eye. However, the smartpen can easily see these dots and uses
them to know which page you are writing on and the exact location on that page. The
smartpen can even see these dots through the ink you write on your pages. The
microdots are printed on each page in a special pattern based on technology from Anoto
AB. This dot pattern consists of small dots (100 micrometers in diameter) arranged with a
spacing of approximately 0.3 mm. The dot pattern overlays an imaginary square grid. The
dots are slightly displaced from the grid, with each dot in one of four possible positions,
forming the proprietary Anoto dot pattern.

                     The dot pattern identifies the specific page and locations on the page
                     of the notes you write. The smartpen uses the dot pattern in a way
                     similar to a geographical positioning system (GPS). But, instead of
                     identifying locations on land, it finds locations on paper and stores
                     your writing as digital ink using those locations. Using this patented
                     dot-positioning system (DPS), the smartpen precisely tracks its own
                     movement on paper. As a result, anything you write – words,
numbers or drawings – can be stored, recognized, and intelligently responded to. The
area of the entire Anoto dot pattern is huge, and represents a piece of paper the combined
size of Europe and Asia. Livescribe™ dot paper is based on a subset of the entire Anoto
dot pattern.
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How the Pulse smartpen Works:
When you power on the Pulse smartpen and begin writing on Livescribe paper, the
smartpen captures and stores the notes you write. To capture your writing, the smartpen
uses its built-in infrared camera to take digital snapshots of the dot pattern as the tip
moves over the paper as you write. When recording audio using the Paper Replay™
application, the smartpen links the recorded audio to your notes based on the dot pattern
on the page. With this information, the smartpen can play back the audio that was
recorded at the exact time you were writing your notes. Specifically, when you tap on
your notes with the Pulse smartpen, it locates the position where you are tapping and
starts to play back the audio at the position linked to that paper location.

Livescribe Community:
At the Livescribe community, you can check out what others are doing and post your
own creations for others to rate and comment on.




 Featured Files - Livescribe will randomly choose files to be featured on the front page of
the Community area.

Just Added - This section of the Livescribe Community page shows the most recently
added content. Clicking on the Just Added item takes you to the content creator’s
myLivescribe page. Livescribe Online PulseTM Smartpen User Manual 63

Featured Contributors - This section of the Community page highlights members of the
Livescribe Community who provide the most, and highest-rated, submissions. Click on a
Featured Contributor to go their myLivescribe profile.
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Top Rated - This section shows the top-rated content in the Livescribe Community.
Most Viewed - This section of the Community Page shows visitors which content has
been viewed the most.

Your myLivescribe Profile - Expand the world of your smartpen by creating your own
myLivescribe profile on the Livescribe Online community, where you can upload and
store notes and content to share with your friends, the community, or anyone on the Web.




Livescribe Online References:
   1. http://www.livescribe.com/starthere/index.html

   2. http://www.livescribe.com/cgi-bin/WebObjects/LDApp.woa/wa/CSKBPortalPage

   3. http://www.livescribe.com/cgi-
      bin/WebObjects/LDApp.woa/wa/CSForumPortalPage


Appendix B

ThinkSpace Project
The purpose of this project is to develop a learning management system (LMS) to
support the design, presentation and evaluation of complex problems for use in learning
applications. ThinkSpace can be used within learning management systems (e.g.
Blackboard, Moodle, Sakai etc.) or standalone.

Definitions:
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   •   Space: a web location where a group of users can conduct learning activities.
   •   Team: a group of students, either self-selected or designated by instructor. Each
       team shares resources (files, cases etc.) and communication tools.
   •   Assignment: Any activity a student needs to complete. Typically an assignment
       will be a problem ranging in complexity from a simple test to a staged problem or
       open-ended situation. The instructor may choose to make an assignment for
       individuals or teams.
   •   Resource - any digital file used to display information.
   •   Library - all information related to the class (resources, student information and
       results etc.) is stored in the class library. The instructor has full access to the
       library while students have access to their group and private information.
   •   Guest - a non-campus user who has been enrolled in a class using their email
       address as the name
   •   Home - starting page for users

Mockups of the evolving user interface for ThinkSpace:
Home is the initial view seen by users who log into ProblemSpace.

Home is accessible from several entry points:
 1. Campus Login - A campus user logs into the ProblemSpace directly
 2. Visitor Login - A visitor logs into the ProjectSpace
 3. Portal Login - A campus user logs into the portal and clicks on a link within the
    portlet displaying classes
 4. LMS Login - A user in an LMS (Blackboard, Moodle) views a class from the LMS
    section (only the associated class will be displayed)

Characteristics:
   • Any user can create a class and enroll others
   • Each tab represents a class the user is enrolled in
   • If accessed from an LMS, a class will be auto-created and auto populated. The
       instructor can display the class tab within the LMS or just a list of assignments.
   • The instructor can change class characteristics by clicking Class Properties.

   •   The instructor creates the class schedule by clicking the edit icon in the schedule.
       The instructor may then drag and drop announcements, assignments and
       documents on desired days.
   •   Assignments are selected by clicking on the assignment link in the schedule.
   •   Action Items are either informational or will pop up a dialog. Here are some
       possibilities:
           o The instructor can send a reminder to students (announcement)
           o Assignment due dates will automatically generate a reminder and
               disappear after the due date.
           o Requests to add/delete a user from a dynamic team
           o Requests to approve a team submission by the team members will appear.
           o Request to approve a submission by a student will appear for the instructor
   •   In the user profile you can configure whether the action items are distributed to
       your cell phone or email address.

Current Mockup of Home Screen:
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eDoc
System

Introduction: The eDoc project is a multi-year, multi-unit collaboration among different
colleges at Iowa State University. The project began in Fall 2003 and is funded by the
Computation Advisory Committee (CAC) that provides advice and recommendations to
the Provost on all aspects of student computing at the university.

Purpose: The eDoc project involves developing a campus-wide, web-based electronic
portfolio system called eDoc. It allows students (undergraduate and graduate) to collect
and present evidence demonstrating academic and professional competencies to faculty
advisors, departments, and potential employers. It also allows students to interact and
collaborate with their peers in a professional and scholarly manner.

Each portfolio a student creates in eDoc is organized according to a "theme" or interface.
A theme may be designed by any department, college, or employer to define the
competencies, information, and documents required by the reviewing agency.

Partners: The flexibility afforded by the eDoc project allows college partners to move in
and out of the project in response to their respective needs. Please click Partners to see
details of colleges involved.
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  Open Source Technology: eDoc is integrated with the iState portal using the uPortal
  software developed by the JA-SIG Consortium. iState is a campus-wide service to
  provide a "pocket-size" view of the Iowa State Web in simple, web-based tool. The iState
  portal is available to all students, faculty, and staff of Iowa State.

  3-Year CAC Funding: In 2004 eDoc was awarded CAC funding for two more years. The
  first year of funding resulted in the design and development of four discipline-specific
  themes. LAS piloted its prototype with 100 students in the English department. The other
  colleges have developed prototypes that are ready for testing.

  Current Themes: Total Users: 685 (30 Jan 2006)
Theme
       Department
      Project
        Status
           Current
       Potential

                              Lead(s)
                          Users
         Users

Bustheme
    Undergraduat Ann
Farni
          Testing
          58‐

to
be
    800

             e
Program,
                                        used
by
       undergra
             Colege
of
                                         undergrad
     d
–
all

             Business
                                          students
in
   majors

                                                                BusAd
201

Cetheme
      Civil,
           Larry
          Testing
        73(piloting
   TBA

              Construction
     Northrup
                       in
CE
104)

              and
              (retired)

              Environment
      Marlee

              Engineering
      Walton

                                (instrutor

                                using
eDoc)

Cit_ARthem    Curriculum
       Niki
Davis,
    Redesigning
 8
(5
cit_AR
      ?
Ph.D.

e
and
        and
              Rema
                        in
Spring
        students

cit_Ptheme
   Instructional
    Nilakanta
                   2005.
48

              Technology
                                    cit_Ptheme

                                                             in
Jan
2006.

                                                             2
to
be

                                                             implemente
                                                             d
in
March

                                                             2006

Eledtheme
    Denise
           
               Designing
   TBA
              TBA

              Schmidt,

              Jenna

              Seymour

Elpstheme
    Tom
Alsbury
      
               Testing
&
      60
PhD
        80
PhD

                                                Re‐             students
      students

                                                evaluating

Ffhptheme
    Family
           Sue
Crull
      Testing
        6
             

              Fianance
&

              Housing

              Policy

freeform
     Student‐          Pete
Boysen
    
               20
            

              design

              website

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fshntheme
      Food
Science
     Anne
         In
              60
‐
FSHN
     TBA

                and
Human
        Oldham,
Jean
 production
      340‐

                Nutrution
        Anderson
                      60
‐
FSHN

                                                                 203

                                                                 60
‐
FSHN

                                                                 110

                                                                 17
‐
Dietetic

                                                                 interns

                                                                 327
‐
Total

Generic
        Student‐          N/A
              Designing
   23
(MIS
       TBA

                designed
                                        graduate

                portfolio
                                       students

                                                                 and
others)

Mremtheme
 Natural
               Joe
Colletti
     Redesigning
 38
            TBA

           Resources
and

           Ecology

           Management

Nremjob
   Natural
               Joe
Colletti,
    Redesigning
 3
              TBA

           Resources
and
         Jen
Nelson

           Ecology

           Management

Prelead
   M.Ed.
                 Tom
Aisbury
      Designing
    23
students
   150

           Educational
                                                          students

           Administratio
           n
PreLEAD

           program
–

           Principle’s

           License

Isucomm
   ISUComm
               Don
Payne
        Reevaluatin   N/A
           TBA

                                                    g

designthem      College
of
       Roger
Baer
       Designing
    N/A
           TBA

e
              Design

website
        Intensive
        Mary
             Designing
    N/A
           TBA

                English
and
      Barratt,Alexe
                Orientation
      y
Konobeev

                Program



  Potential Themes:
  Department
                   Contact
Person
       Status

  Aerospace
Engineering
        Ambar
Mitra
          Gave
presentation
and
expressed

                                                      interest
‐
not
yet
met
with
eDoc

                                                      team

  Psychology
                   V.
Girl
              Very
interested
‐
Met
with
Rema,

                                                      eDoc
GA.
Needs
to
talk
with
dept.

                                                      chair

  Honors
                       Gene
Takle
           In
process
of
discussing
design

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Foreign
Language
          Linda
Allen
         Interested
‐
Met
with
Rema,
eDoc

                                                GA.
Needs
to
talk
with
dept.
chair

HHP
(Health
&
Human
       Cindy
               Very
interested
‐
made
a

Performance)
              Frederickson
        presentation
to
their
curriculum

                                                &
assessment
committee
and
the

                                                faculty.
Plan
to
use
it
in
the

                                                undergraduate
program.

Leadership
&
Service
      Jennifer
Garrett,
   Meeting
to
discuss
multiple

                           Emily
Jensen
        portfolio
designs


Documentation and Help: In general when creating documentation and help files for
eDoc, menu items should be verbs, make directions brief with bulleted items, and when
linking to instructions in another area, open in a new window and include a CLOSE
WINDOW button so user can navigate more easily. In the future, we will include xml
tags defined for eDoc use.

eDoc Online References:
 1. http://pws2.ait.iastate.edu/wiki/display/EDOC/eDoc

				
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