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iPads for Teaching and Learning Program

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Program Overview

The iPads for Teaching and 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. The program is managed by the Academic Technology Solutions Lab (ATSL) within the Office of the Vice-Provost for Teaching and Learning (VPTL). Throughout the year, the program committee selects a limited number of Stanford faculty and instructor projects based on the project’s contribution to Stanford's understanding of using iPads to support teaching, learning, and research. Awarded projects receive iPad devices for students and/or teachers, software, and instructional, technical, and logistical support.

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.

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.

iPads are commonly being used at Stanford University for a variety of goals:


  • Annotate slides during lecture presentations
  • Annotate, grade, and provide feedback on student work
  • Host collaborative online review sessions
  • Conduct remote office hours through web conferencing
  • Produce screen casts and instructional video
  • Record lectures for reflection, feedback, and improvement


  • Manage and organize class notes
  • Collaborative study sessions
  • Improved accessibility


  • Conduct user testing of newly developed applications
  • Record interviews
  • Surveys and questionnaires

Awarded Resources

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.

Support Resources



  • In-person orientation to iPads: Our staff will visit your group to instruct them on how to use the iPads
  • One-on-one consultation: Personalized session tailored to your specific needs. Contact


Application Process


Important Deadlines


Proposals Due

Awardees Notified


September 4, 2018

September 10, 2018


December 10, 2018

December 17, 2018


March 11, 2019

March 18, 2019


June 3, 2019

June 10, 2019


All Stanford faculty members, instructors, and teaching assistants are encouraged to apply.

Proposals for small numbers of iPads to be used by faculty members, instructors, or teaching assistants may be accommodated outside of the proposal deadline period. Contact to inquire.

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. 

Evaluation Requirements

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,
  • Encouraging your students to complete our post-award survey at the end of the project period
  • Applicants and participating students must sign a liability form during the checkout process to take responsibility for any lost, damaged, or locked iPads and peripherals

Contact Us

The iPads for Learning Program is offered through Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning, Academic Technology Solutions Lab and is managed by Kenji Ikemoto. Please contact Kenji with any questions.

Kenji Ikemoto, Academic Technology Specialist
Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning
408 Panama Mall, Room 138
(650) 488-1492