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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.
- Students' Mobile Learning Practices in Higher Education: A Multi-Year Study, EDUCAUSE Review July/August 2015.Two university-wide surveys about students' mobile technology ownership and learning practices show that mobile device ownership is high and continues to increase among students.
- Technology-Driven Service Learning: The Instructor's Role and the Student's Experience, EDUCAUSE Review Online, February 2015. To enhance student interactions with community organizations in a service-learning course, Ohio State University's Sociology Department introduced mobile technology, giving its students iPads to use throughout the semester.
- 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.
- 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.
Schools with Tablet or iPad initiatives
Library Items on this Topic
EDUCAUSE Library Items for Tablets and iPads
- ECAR National Study of Undergraduates and Information Technology, 2011
December 15, 2011
The EDUCAUSE Center for Analysis and Research (ECAR) has experienced a groundbreaking year in 2011, with an aggressive research agenda implementing two versions of its annual National Study of U…
- How Are Students Actually Using IT? An Ethnographic Study
November 29, 2011
This ECAR research bulletin describes an anthropological ethnographic analysis of student practices relating to the use of information technology on the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) c…
- Tune In March 5 -- The Horizon Report in Action: Emerging Technologies Today and Tomorrow
February 27, 2012
During this free hour-long session, “ The Horizon Report in Action: Emerging Technologies Today and Tomorrow ,” Malcolm Brown and Veronica Diaz of the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative wil…
- Connecting Student Data from ECAR and CDS
September 29, 2011
This CDS Spotlight focuses on integrating selected data from the 2010 CDS survey results with selected results of the ECAR National Study of Students and Information Technology in Higher Educat…
- Tune In January 24 -- eTexts: A Perishable Opportunity for Higher Education?
January 18, 2012
What role, if any, should colleges and universities play in the shift from print to digital textbooks? This free hour-long session, “ eTexts: A Perishable Opportunity for Higher Education? …
- The Digital Revolution and Higher Education: College Presidents, Public Differ on Value of Online Learning
August 28, 2011
This report, written by Kim Parker, Amanda Lenhart and Kathleen Moore, is based on findings from a pair of Pew Research Center surveys conducted in spring 2011. Below is a list of topics discu…
- Spotlight on Mobile Computing: The Mobile Difference
July 14, 2011
In this interactive session, Lee Rainie, director of the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, will discuss the project’s latest findings about how people use mobile …
- Mobile Computing 5-Day Sprintâ€”Summary
June 3, 2011
This EDUCAUSE brief summarizes the main themes from the EDUCAUSE Mobile Computing 5-Day Sprint, held April 25–29, 2011. This learning experience brought together presenters and hundreds of part…
- Teaching and Learning: Four Perspectives
April 26, 2011
Mobile Computing: A 5 Day Sprint—Tuesday, April 26, 2011 Mobile Learning Today and Tomorrow - Judy Brown In this session we will explore the status of mobile learning today, in…
- The iPad for Professors: Evaluating a Productivity Tool After One Year
April 7, 2011
The ProfHacker has published a number of posts about Apple's first-generation iPad. Now that Apple has started selling the second-generation version, they thought it was time for the authors…