ihe 2018: Bath Spa

The 3rd biennial iPads in Higher Education Conference, iHE 2018 will be hosted by Bath Spa University in Bath, UK 10th – 13th April 2018.

Extended deadline for papers: 21st January 2018

Academic papers will be published as open access in the Future of Learning book series published by IOS Press. We can support industry workshops, demonstrations and interactive presentations in our Commons building.



Submission information

Long papers (5k-6k words) – 20 minute presentation +10 min Q&A
Short papers (2k-3k words) – 10 minute presentation +5 min Q&A

Extended Submission Deadline:  Friday 17th November 2017
Accept/Reject Notification and feedback: Friday 15th December 2017
Camera-Ready Submission of all papers: Friday 19th January 2018
Publication of programme: Monday 19th February 2018

Poster presentations

Posters are welcome about work-in- progress, initial research, projects in early stages or practice case studies. Posters should be a maximum of A2 in size. Please submit a 300-500 word abstract to Jeff Boehm: j.boehm@bathspa.ac.uk

Alternative presentations

We welcome a range of interactive presentation styles, besides the traditional academic paper. Participants are encouraged to offer workshop-style sessions, debates and visually innovative sessions. Please contact Jeff Boehm: j.boehm@bathspa.ac.uk


Emerging from the Art+DesignLab in Cyprus, through the first conference in Paphos in 2014 and most recently at San Francisco University, iPads in Higher Education provides a unique platform for sharing experiences, engaging in debate, and inspiring new approaches to enhancing learning and teaching.

Our students expect fast and free, they expect to be able to access and engage using their phones and other devices as part of their learning and our staff expect to use devices to be proactive and creative scholars.  We know more about our data and are more concerned than ever before about security and protecting our privacy in this ever-changing world.

Since its introduction in 2010 the iPad, like the iPhone, has fundamentally changed our perception of mobile devices, providing us with opportunities to alter the way in which we engage students. Increasingly, new devices such as Google Pixel, Microsoft’s Surface, and mobile phone technologies have also positioned themselves as viable tools for enhancing student engagement.

The conference will explore and facilitate discourse around the role of iPads and other emerging mobile technologies in education, research, culture, and policy.

Pedagogy & Instruction

This category covers the use of mobile technologies to enhance student learning and engagement on any level, from primary school to graduate and post-graduate studies.

– Assessing educational apps
– Instructional innovations
– Faculty professional development
– Assessing educational apps
– Collaborative, project-based and context-based learning
– Engagement with Learning Management Systems/Virtual Learning Environments

Research & Theory

Papers and presentations in this category could include the use of theory in mobile technology research, a comparison of research methods, innovative approaches to research, ethical considerations in research, and challenges with conducting research using mobile technologies.

– Empirical research on the instructional use of mobile devices
– Case studies on the instructional use of mobile devices
– Action research with mobile devices
– Pilot projects
– Research in App creation

Emerging Mobile Technologies

Topics in this category could address newer mobile technologies, including both devices and apps. These sessions could be more informative rather than research-based, and could include less formal experiences using new technologies.

– Evaluation of iPads and other mobile devices
– Mobile creativity tools
– Enabling flexible learning
– Virtuality
– App production
– Augmented Reality
– Immersive environments

Culture, Policy & Ethics

Culture – defined in the broad disciplines of sociology, anthropology and psychology; Policy – defined in terms of administration in the adaptation of mobile technologies or the study of explicit and implicit actions reflected in a learning environment/institution; Ethics – ethical considerations of mobile technology, including but not limited to areas such as privacy, permission and security.

– Using BYOD or institutional devices
– Developing a mobile strategy
– App creation
– Research issues
– Students as co-creators
– Teaching in schools
– Vlogs
– Use of web tools
– Social media strategies
– Data management

The Location
Listed by UNESCO as a world heritage site, the city of Bath is famous for its beautiful architecture, iconic sights and fascinating history, all of which attracted visitors for thousands of years. The city was founded upon natural hot springs with the steaming water playing a key role throughout its history. Lying in the heart of the city the Roman Baths were constructed around 70 AD as a grand bathing and socialising complex. It is now one of the best preserved Roman remains in the world.

The conference is hosted by Bath Spa University

More information at www.ihe2018.org

Neil Glen MA RCA n.glen@bathspa.ac.uk