ECSU professor receives HP Technology for Teaching Leadership Award
Kesha Williams July 23, 2008
Elizabeth City State University received a 2008 HP Technology for Teaching Leadership
Award. The awards recognize instructors who use technology in such an innovative manner
that it transforms the teaching and learning process. Only 10 campuses in the US and
Canada received the Teaching Leadership Awards that provide a cash award and equipment
to expand their classroom instruction.
These awards are reserved for universities as reinvestment grants awarded to HP Technology
for Teaching grant recipients whose projects have demonstrated success in their first
year of implementation. Dr. Kuldeep Rawat, an associate professor in the ECSU Department
of Technology, is the project director for the HP Technology for Teaching program
at ECSU. This program was selected for its successful use of HP technology to enhance
instruction; demonstrate a measurable, positive impact on student achievement; and
expand the program to cover other disciplines in science, technology, engineering
During the 2007-2008 academic year, Dr. Rawat implemented HP mobile technology in
two electronics engineering technology courses affecting 33 students. In the 2008-2009
academic year, the award will impact students in up to five courses--approximately
120 students. Specifically, students will use HP Tablet-PCs--- small, hand held, mobile
computers and related software. Those devices allow students to record classroom notes
as digital files. The device also allows students to relay their work as digital files
to the instructor for additional classroom discussion. The HP Tablet-PCs can be used
from any location, during field trips, to allow students and instructors to interact
on classroom assignments. The devices are scheduled for use this year with marine
biology students who will conduct research from area waterways. On field trips, several
students may collect water or soil samples from different locations yet relay their
findings via the HP Tablet-PCs to an instructor who is based at a central location.
Dr. Rawat received a cash and equipment award valued at $151,000. In addition to the
award, a representative from ECSU will attend the annual HP Technology for Teaching
Worldwide Higher Education Conference in San Diego, Calif. in February 2009. During
the conference, grant recipients will gather to exchange various uses of HP technology,
such as the HP Tablet-PC, into the classroom.
Through a series of hands-on workshops, poster sessions and lectures at that conference,
recipients from around the world will be invited to share their project details with
peer educators across all disciplines such as mathematics; medicine and chemistry;
and geological, physical, biological, and agricultural sciences. Many teachers and
professors will also demonstrate their use of a variety of software solutions to support
their course redesign efforts. Dr. Rawat says HP technology is invaluable for classroom
"This project will open the doors to endless instructional possibilities through the
use of mobile technology in both classroom and field-based activities. I can now share
classroom lectures and comments from attending students at a later time with distance
learning students," said Kuldeep Rawat. "Students attending a lecture can use the
HP Tablet-PC to relay their questions to the instructor and their classroom peers
without interrupting the instructor as he/she speaks. An instructor can use the device
to instantly poll students for responses. Then, the instructor can determine if students
fully understand the topic being discussed before advancing to the next topic."
The HP Tablet-PC offers several advantages:
An instructor can save her/his classroom lecture notes as digital files that students
can access anytime, from any location where suitable Internet service is available.
The lectures can be saved as movie files that students can watch at their leisure.
A student's classroom assignment or their examination can be saved on the device and
transferred to instructor's HP Tablet-PC. Such an electronic process reduces the chances
of an assignment being lost or destroyed as was the case with assignments written
The instructor can use the HP Tablet-PC as a replacement for the traditional chalkboard-an
advantage that could suit various needs of physically impaired or deaf students/instructors.
The screen of the HP Tablet-PCs also allow students/instructors to increase the size
of the fonts that appears on screen-something that could not be done quickly with
penmanship written on the traditional chalkboard.
An instructor can mark a student's homework or exam that is submitted on HP Tablet-PC
then provide personalized feedback without exchanging a piece of paper. The device
is helping teachers and students reduce the use of paper.
The HP Tablet-PC offers instructors a fingerprint identification system that will
prohibit any unauthorized use of the device.
The HP Tablet-PC offers instructors' unlimited writing space, unlike the traditional
Since 2004, HP has contributed $60 million in HP Technology for Teaching grants to
more than 1,000 schools in 41 countries worldwide. During the past 20 years, HP has
contributed more than $1 billion in cash and equipment to schools, universities, community
organizations and other nonprofit organizations around the world.
More information about the 2008 HP Technology for Teaching program and grant recipients
is available at www.hp.com/go/hpteach. More information about Elizabeth City State
University's HP Technology for Teaching Project is available at
For more information on ECSU's award or use of it, contact Dr. Kuldeep S. Rawat, firstname.lastname@example.org.