The first ever University of Huddersfield ‘iPad (and other tablets) Coffee Club’ held this week was a success.
Feedback from one of the attendees provided in Yammer the following day was
“This was a really good event, well worth attending – and the carrot cake was nice too.”
25 colleagues booked to attend the event and 17 showed up. It seems that colleagues are really busy at this time of the year. Most of the attendees were iPad users and there were 2 Android users as well. A colleague who didn’t own any tablet device came to the event because he was planning to get his own iPad soon and was eager to learn more about the device.
The venue of the session was the University’s Large Conference room. The session was divided into two sections. The first part was the ‘show & share’ section which involved five colleagues who had expressed the interest to share their favourite work-related apps with fellow coffee club attendees. Each ‘show & share’ presenter had a 5 minute slot and they were encouraged to focus their app sharing on what they thought was so great about their app of choice (strengths and benefits) and the reason why they wanted the coffee club attendees to download and try the app.
The second half of the coffee club was the ‘wisdom of crowds’ section. Coffee club attendees were encouraged to pose tablet related issues which they were struggling with and the hope was that there might be another coffee club attendee who could provide the answer or solution. All the questions posed were solved during the session. If there had been an unanswered tablet issue/question then the plan was for me to either search the web or get in touch with my academic contacts who are knowledgeable about tablet devices to get a solution. I will then email that solution to all the coffee club attendees.
It was a great session and I believe that all the attendees got something of value from attending it. The next two coffee clubs are slated for 2014. Watch this space.
I asked the coffee club attendees to check out the tablet app site which I am slowly populating with relevant work-related apps.
A WordPress Media Explorer collection of the session’s tweets