Academic Librarians and iPads Project

iPad screen

A few years ago, I researched how academics at the University of Huddersfield used their iPads for academic practices { teaching, research and administrative tasks}. This research study was funded by the British Educational Research Association {BERA} and its key findings were published in the British Journal of Educational Technology {BJET} – Volume 46, Number 6 issue. You can also watch the short animation video below about the project’s findings. Continue reading Academic Librarians and iPads Project

May iPad (and other tablets) Coffee Club

Image source: Olaojo Aiyegbayo
Image source: Olaojo Aiyegbayo

I facilitated a Coffee Club session last Tuesday which 14 colleagues attended. The attendees were mainly academics, subject librarians and learning technologists.  I decided to do something different during this session. Coffee Club attendees were given paper slips and asked to write down their three favourite apps which they use for work-related purposes other than Mail, Calendar and Dropbox. Attendees were divided into three groups and had to share their three apps with their group members. I captured each group’s apps on a flip chart during the feedback stage of the session. This list of apps can be found below. Continue reading May iPad (and other tablets) Coffee Club

iPad (and other tablets) Coffee Club Promotional Tactics

Image source:  MIKI Yoshihito (´・ω・)
                                                                   Image source: MIKI Yoshihito (´・ω・)

This post is about the how I promote the iPad (and other tablets) Coffee Club events to colleagues at the University of Huddersfield.

All the colleagues who have ever booked to attend a Coffee Club session are sent a promotional email notifying them of the upcoming Coffee Club event. There are currently about 100 people on this mailing list and this is my most effective promotional tool. Continue reading iPad (and other tablets) Coffee Club Promotional Tactics


Image by Jane Gaffikin
                                                                                 Image by Jane Gaffikin


I facilitated another iPad (and other tablets) Coffee Club session yesterday; the third one for this academic year. 15 colleagues attended the session. Some of the apps mentioned at the event included:

Video Enhanced Observation (VEO) – teaching observation app developed by Newcastle University staff

Paper – drawing app

Timer+ – timer app which can be used for presentations

Scannable – scanning app

Camscanner – another scanning app

Edtech Teacher – iPad teaching video tutorial app for schools but some tutorials could be customised for University teaching.

I also got Coffee Club attendees to share the following apps via Padlet. Continue reading MARCH IPAD (AND OTHER TABLETS) COFFEE CLUB

Taking iStock of 2014

Image source: Photo Giddy
Image source: Photo Giddy

2014 has been a good year with regards to both iPad research projects {BJET and CLL}.

I completed the Changing the Learning Landscape project, submitted a final report and presented the project findings at two conferences:

Aiyegbayo, O. (2014) Piloting the iPad (and other tablets) Coffee Club at the University of Huddersfield. 21st Association for Learning Technology Conference (ALT-C), Coventry, 1-3 September, 2014.

 Aiyegbayo, O. (2014) Exploring academics’ formal and informal iPad support systems. Media Enhanced Learning Special Interest Group (MELSIG) Conference, Manchester, 14 April, 2014. Continue reading Taking iStock of 2014

BERA and HEA funded projects on academics’ use of iPads


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