iSmart: Harnessing Technology for Academic Success
This course is designed to familiarize freshmen students how to integrate various personal technologies for problem-solving techniques, organizing their work, and taking full advantage of their ASU learning experience. Technologies used in a college setting are highlighted, the student will be prepared to use the resources available for later course work and to move those learned skills directly into the workforce as a highly productive citizen. The first half of the class student will learn what it takes to overcome the many challenges in a college environment from goal setting to habits of successful students. The student will follow the challenges and attributes of “Rudy” Ruettiger as he overcame many challenges as a student at Notre Dame University (both on and off the football field). The second half of the class will look at existing technologies available to students and what make an application pertinent to “academic success.” The students will work in teams researching and presenting in the “Battle of the Apps” those applications that contribute to greatest academic success. Emphasis will be on critical thinking, information literacy, communication, and community engaged learning.