iPad study at USF may suggest how larger smartphones can be used in higher education

September 24, 2014 0 Comments

The University of San Francisco implemented a six-month iPad study including 40 faculty with the intention of reviewing, experimenting with, and sharing the iPad’s potential uses in higher education. This video contains interviews with some of the faculty involved in the study.


Although this study was done in 2010, I believe there is something of interest for educators today.

Last week, Apple raised the bar in the the mass marketing of larger smartphones, releasing both 4.7″ and a 5.5″ diagonal screen models (iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, respectively). The 5.5″ model (iPhone 6 Plus) functions almost identically to the iPad and iPad Mini. Some commentators are even claiming that phones of this size will replace the tablets to a very large degree.

For educators, this means that the excitement generated by the faculty participants in the USF study may be rekindled (pardon the pun!) and transferred to the smaller devices. Whereas the tablets functioned as computers-in-briefcases, so to speak, the phones are now poised to function as computers-in-pockets.

Plug in ‘smartphone’ for ‘iPad’ in the following video for some very interesting results.


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