Here’s an article from the Chronicle of Higher Education that outlines a new project at Penn State to use the Apple Watch as a data collection tool about student learning.
Even before the Apple Watch was released, professors and pundits began speculating on whether it and other wearable devices might play a role in college classrooms. On Monday researchers at Pennsylvania State University’s main campus announced that they would be among the first to test the device’s usefulness in the classroom.
The experiment will begin this summer, with eight Apple Watches the university purchased for the project. Penn State plans to expand the research to more students in the fall. We caught up with Kyle Bowen, director of education-technology services at Penn State, to hear more about the project, and his thoughts on the possible role of wearables in teaching and learning. Following is an edited version of the conversation.
Q. I understand a professor there will be experimenting with Apple Watch to measure student learning this fall. Can you briefly describe that project?