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


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.

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Hargis, J., Cavanaugh, C., Kamali, T. et al. A Federal Higher Education iPad Mobile Learning Initiative: Triangulation of Data to Determine Early Effectiveness. Innov High Educ 39, 45–57 (2014). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10755-013-9259-y

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  • Mobile Learning
  • Active Pedagogy
  • Faculty Development
  • E-learning