Innovative Higher Education

, Volume 39, Issue 3, pp 231–245 | Cite as

A Community of Practice Model for Introducing Mobile Tablets to University Faculty

  • Michelle Drouin
  • Lesa Rae Vartanian
  • Samantha Birk


We examined the effectiveness of a community of practice (CoP) model for introducing tablets to 139 faculty members at a higher education institution. Using a CoP within a systems model, we used large- and small-group mentorship to foster collaboration among faculty members. Most faculty members agreed that the project was well organized and activities were useful. In terms of measurable outcomes, many participants had developed plans for or completed scholarly activities related to tablets. Our findings support the use of CoP models to integrate technology within higher education. Additionally, they support such integrations as proof of concept for large, whole-campus technology integrations.


iPads Mobile computing Technology integration Community of practice 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michelle Drouin
    • 1
  • Lesa Rae Vartanian
    • 1
  • Samantha Birk
    • 2
  1. 1.Psychology DepartmentIndiana University - Purdue University Fort WayneFort WayneUSA
  2. 2.Instructional Technologies, Center for the Enhancement of Learning and TeachingIndiana University - Purdue University Fort WayneFort WayneUSA

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