This session will present the findings of a Higher Education Academy (HEA) funded “Changing the Learning Landscape” (CLL) project. The iPad (and other tablets) Coffee Club was piloted at the University of Huddersfield during the 2013/14 academic year to help academic staff members use their iPads and other tablet devices effectively. This initiative was based on a successful iPad coffee club scheme implemented at the University of Southampton.
This session’s presenter/author conducted an iPad project, funded by the British Educational Research Association (BERA), which found that academics at the institution relied mainly on informal support systems (peers, friends and the web) rather than formal institutional support systems (e.g. learning technologists and staff development workshops) when they needed iPad pedagogical support and app recommendations.
The iPad (and other tablets) Coffee Club is a staff development session which provides facilitated space for academics to learn from each other by sharing apps, ideas and good practices regarding the use of their tablet devices for academic practices (teaching, research and administration).
Three iPad (and other tablets) Coffee Club events were held (one per academic term) over the academic year. The evaluative findings presented during this session are based on attendees’ survey feedback responses and interviews with some academics who attended at least one of these three coffee club events. This session will also focus on lessons learnt (successes and challenges) from piloting the scheme.
This session will be of interest to academics, learning technologists, and academic developers who want to support colleagues’ use of iPads and other tablets for academic practices in their institutions.
|Affiliation||University of Huddersfield|