Innovative Higher Education

, Volume 39, Issue 1, pp 45–57 | Cite as

A Federal Higher Education iPad Mobile Learning Initiative: Triangulation of Data to Determine Early Effectiveness

  • Jace Hargis
  • Cathy Cavanaugh
  • Tayeb Kamali
  • Melissa Soto


This article presents faculty perceptions of the first month of iPad deployment in a national college system and a case study describing the integration of mobile learning devices in one college, interpreted within the framework of a SWOT analysis. We include a brief history of the implementation; description of the three-tier structure of infrastructure, pedagogy, and content; faculty perceptions; and pedagogy interview findings. We collected data using 1) case study interviews, 2) a faculty dispositional survey, and 3) iPad lead faculty. Overall, the large-scale deployment of iPad mobile learning devices was associated with high faculty engagement in formal and informal professional development activities and adoption of an active student-centered pedagogy. In addition, the program stimulated innovative approaches to technical challenges; and it spurred development and evaluation of new digital content.


Mobile Learning Active Pedagogy Faculty Development E-learning 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jace Hargis
    • 1
  • Cathy Cavanaugh
    • 2
  • Tayeb Kamali
    • 1
  • Melissa Soto
    • 3
  1. 1.Higher Colleges of TechnologyAbu DhabiUnited Arab Emirates
  2. 2.Abu Dhabi Women’s CollegeHigher Colleges of TechnologyAbu DhabiUnited Arab Emirates
  3. 3.University of California-DavisDavisUSA

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