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Many colleges and universities have begun experimenting with tablet computers and iPad classroom integration initiatives that vary from campus-wide distributions to small-scale, single-class pilots. These programs are designed to provide evidence of improved student learning and engagement. Explore this resource site—a collection of all EDUCAUSE resources related to tablets and iPads in the classroom.
- Tablets in the Forest: Mobile Technology for Inquiry-Based Learning, EDUCAUSE Review Online, November 2013. McGill University gave environmental biology students mobile devices to gather rich data in the field and to support learning through real-time interaction with their instructor and the larger research community.
- Lecturing with an iPad, EDUCAUSE Annual Conference, October 2013. This short video from a University of Michigan professor discusses his use of an iPad in the classroom as a student engagement tool.
- Exploring Students' Mobile Learning Practices in Higher Education, EDUCAUSE Review Online, October 2013. A university-wide survey on students' mobile learning practices found that mobile learning typically occurs outside the classroom, with only limited guidance from instructors.
- The Pearson Foundation Survey on Students and Tablet, The Pearson Foundation, 2012. This survey, in it's second year, found tablet ownership in college and college-bound students has tripled in just a year.
- The Horizon Report in Action: Emerging Technologies Today and Tomorrow, EDUCAUSE Live!, 2012. This webinar discusses emerging technologies from the 2012 Horizon Report, including the use of tablets in higher education.
- How Are Students Actually Using IT? An Ethnographic Study, ECAR Research Report, November 2011. This report examines learning management system usage and satisfaction, student ownership and use of technology devices (especially mobile devices), and where on campus students choose to compute.
- iPad Pilot Project: Lessons Learned at a Liberal Arts College, EDUCAUSE 2011. This session highlighted the successes and challenges of faculty and support staff for an iPad pilot at a small liberal arts college.
- The iPad: Implications for Higher Education, EDUCAUSE 2011. The University of San Francisco implemented a six-month iPad study including 40 faculty with the intention of reviewing, experimenting with, and sharing its potential uses in higher education. This annual conference session show cased the study's findings as well as recommendations and future directions for the iPad and tablet computing in general.
- Mobile Perspectives: On E-Books—E-Reading: The Transition in Higher Education,EDUCAUSE Review, April 2011. The authors describe the Seton Hill University Griffin Technology Advantage, a mobile learning program that began in spring 2010 when the university decided to provide iPads to all full-time students for the coming fall.
- The Educational Potential of Mobile Computing in the Field, EDUCAUSE Quarterly, March 2011. This article describes how giving students hands-on experience of fieldwork with mobile tablet PCs loaded with visualization software facilitates active learning and integration of complex information and concepts.
- 7 Things You Should Know About iPad Apps for Learning, ELI, February 2011. Applications designed for the iPad offer interactive content that takes advantage of touch-screen navigation. The iPad combines robust computational functionality with a screen large enough to serve as a legitimate replacement for printed textbooks and other course materials.
- Leveraging the Interplay Between a Grassroots Pen-Based Computing Pilot and an Institutional Laptop Initiative, EDUCAUSE Quarterly, December 2009. A decade-long case study involving mobile and pen computing at DePauw University demonstrates the synergy possible from simultaneously supporting grassroots initiatives and institutional programs.
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- Study of Students and Information Technology, 2014
October 30, 2014
For the 2014 student techology use study, ECAR also collaborated with 213 institutions to collect responses from 75,306 undergraduate students about their technology experiences. Key F…
- Understanding Responsive Web Design in Higher Education
September 9, 2014
This paper is a publication of the ECAR Mobile Strategy and Application Development (ECAR-MSAD) Working Group. In higher education, nearly every user interaction that takes place on a desktop or …
- Creating a Fluid Learning Environment
October 13, 2014
Key Takeaways By 2025, mobile natives — students born after the Apple iPhone went to market — will be entering higher education , bringing with them an era of mobile l…
- Tablets and iPads
Tablets and iPads True Many colleges and universities hav…
- Turning the iPad into a Dynamic Hub in the Language Classroom
January 29, 2014
By Colin Keaveney Colin Keaveney is assistant professor of French (Teaching), University of Southern California. Recently, I decided to use iPad functionalities to enhance prepa…
- 7 Things You Should Know About Telepresence Robots
December 9, 2013
Most telepresence robots combine a mobile base with a small screen placed roughly at the height of a person —think of a tablet computer atop a mop handle anchored to a rolling platfo…
- Tablets in the Forest: Mobile Technology for Inquiry-Based Learning
November 4, 2013
Key Takeaways To support an inquiry-based field research experience , McGill University gave environmental biology students mobile devices to gather rich data in the field and t…
- Beyond the Hype: Strategies for Successful iPad Programs in Higher Education
September 30, 2014
A session at the EDUCAUSE Annual Conference
We will share our iPad implementation experiences at Michigan State University, Stanford University, and Lynn University in terms of student response, organizational structure, logistics, and curri…
- ECAR Study of Undergraduate Students and Information Technology, 2013 - Infographic
September 18, 2013
ECAR has surveyed undergraduate students annually since 2004 about technology in higher education. In 2013, ECAR collaborated with more than 250 higher education institutions to collect responses…
- Seminar 16P - Nurturing an Academic Tablet Initiative; or, OK, Everyone Has a Tablet, Now What? (separate registration is required)
September 29, 2014
A session at the EDUCAUSE Annual Conference
The success of tablet initiatives depends on an effective launch and maintaining engagement. Initiatives lose momentum for predictable, preventable reasons. In this flipped seminar, we'll ex…