|As we any new instruction
program, we were faced with various challenges.
|The most significant
challenge remains the amount of time and energy to prepare the devices for
the first session of each rotation. Easily we spend 8 to 10 man hours on
|The skill level of the
library faculty ranged from novice to expert and some of us were not
comfortable with instructing students how to use the devices, when we were
learning as well.. We established regular training sessions, once a week for
one hour. This was an opportunity for use to learn more about the devices,
improve our skill base and increase our comfort level.
|Some students came to the
class with their own handheld devices – Pocket PC’s or Sony Clio’s, etc. And
some students wanted to use their own devices rather than check out one we
were providing. So we are still working with that one.
|In addition, there is no
standard for application installation. Some apps are more difficult than
others to download; and the process can be time consuming and frustrating.
|Over the course of the
program, we have discarded some applications and added others – this based on
usability and expressed preferences from faculty and students.
|And then there have been
issued with damage to the devices – we have had three screens broken and one
device was dropped into water (possibly a toilet) and have had to be returned
and fixed. We haven’t had a lost device yet, and we hope we don’t have to deal
with that one.