iPads for Learning

Program Overview

The Office of the Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning's iPads for Learning Program investigates the extent to which the use of iPads can potentially impact teaching, learning, and research when applied in the service of specific goals. Each quarter the program committee supports a select number of Stanford faculty and instructor proposals that demonstrate the potential to make a contribution to Stanford's understanding of using iPads to support teaching, learning, and research.

Academic Technology Solutions Lab (ATSL):

The ATSL also loans individual iPads to faculty members and instructors throughout the school year for short-term testing and experimentation. Please contact Michael Rouan (michael.rouan@stanford.edu) to reserve a unit. 

Program Goals

  • Investigate if, and in what ways, iPads impact teaching, learning, and research at Stanford University.
  • Provide awardees, and their students, with comprehensive technical, instructional, and logistical support.
  • Share lessons learned from the iPads for Learning Program with the Stanford community.

Total Award

Awardees will receive:

  • Hardware: iPads, USB cords, cases, and power adapters.
  • Software: Pre-loaded* free and paid* iOS applications to support your teaching or research goals.
  • Instructional support: Award recipients will meet with our team to discuss pedagogically sound and learner-centered approaches to integrating iPads into your course.
  • Technical support: Our technical team will assist with the testing and customization* of your iPads.
  • Logistical support: Our support team will help schedule your checkout and check-in dates.

All items must be returned by the end of the quarter (awardees will receive the due date during checkout). After the due date, a late fee will be assessed every 24-hours until all of the “Hardware” items are returned.

*Subject to availability.


All Stanford faculty members and instructors are encouraged to apply.

In service of the program's goal of sharing lessons learned from the iPads for Learning Program with the Stanford community, applicants agree to participate in the iPads for Learning Program's evaluation process including:

  • Completing a post-award survey about your experience using an iPad to support your teaching or research goals,
  • Completing an iPads for Learning Program feedback survey, and
  • Encouraging your students to complete our post-award survey at the end of the quarter, and participate in an optional focus group.
  • Applicants and participating students agree to sign a liability form during the checkout process to take responsibility for any lost or damaged iPads and peripherals.

Selection Criteria

After the deadline, the iPads for Learning committee will review the proposals. In service of the program's goal of investigating if, and in what ways, iPads impact teaching, learning, and research at Stanford University, applicants are encouraged to submit proposals that effectively:

  • Describe their course’s learning or research goals,
  • Describe how an iPad will help them achieve their goals,
  • Describe their plans for meaningfully integrating an iPad into their course, classroom activity, workshop, or research project, and
  • Describe how they will determine if the iPad has an impact on achieving their course's learning or research goals.

Selection Process

After the deadline, the proposals will be reviewed by a committee.

Reviewers will rate each proposal based on how thoroughly the applicant addressed the “Selection Criteria”.  The proposals with the highest overall ratings will be approved in order from highest to lowest until all of the iPads are reserved.

Why iPads?

The iPad combines powerful hardware features (touch interface, Wi-Fi, a camera, and a high-resolution screen), with over 500,000 native iPad apps available on the iTunes Store, allowing awardees to customize their iPads to create engaging pedagogically and disciplinarily relevant learning experiences.

Who Can Apply?

Individual Faculty & Lecturers

Curriculum and Course Development Contact Information:

Dr. Michael Rouan


Applications are typically due in March. Check back for deadlines.

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