iHE 2018

Mobile technologies have come a long way since the iPad was launched in 2010. Tablet devices are cheaper, faster and more reactive than ever before.  Apple has led the way but other developers have been catching up fast.

It is no longer about the device but about the technology that we use on them.

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 our protecting our privacy in this ever changing world.

Emerging from the Art+DesignLab in Cyprus, through the first conference in Paphos in 2014, iPads in Higher Education provides a unique platform for sharing experiences, engaging in debate, and inspiring new approaches.

iHE2018 will be in Bath, UK. 10th – 13th April, 2018.

the call

Since it’s 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.

iHE 2018: Enhancing Student Engagement Through Mobile Technologies, will explore and facilitate discourse around the role of iPads and other emerging mobile technologies in education, research, culture, and policy.

the committee

The conference committee for iHE 2018 comprises representatives from Bath Spa University and our co-hosts,  University of Southampton and UWE (University of the West of England).

The conference committee is supported by a Bath Spa University steering group and conferencing team overseeing organisation and delivery.


the conference

iHE began in 2011, when the  ‘Art + Design: elearning lab‘ started investigating the use of iPads in art and design education. At the time there was minimal empirical research on the use of iPads in HE, and the need was identified to provide a platform through international conferences, workshops and other related educational and appropriate academic events, for the dissemination of research on the use of iPads in Higher Education. iHE presented a Special Interest Group (SIG) workshop at ‘mlearn 2014’ titled ‘iPads in Higher Education (HE): Advantages and Disadvantages’.

The iHE steering committee comprises members of the original group, plus an additional member from the hosting institution that organises the forthcoming conference. This additional member has a two-year term and the position is renewed after the completion of the biennial conference.

In 2018, new devices such as Google Pixel, Microsoft’s Surface, and mobile phone technologies are positioning themselves as viable tools for enhancing student engagement. The conference will explore and facilitate discourse around the role of these emerging technologies alongside iPads in education, research, culture, and policy.


the location

©Photo by David Iliff: CC-BY-SA 3.0

Bath is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, defined as ‘places of outstanding universal value to the whole of humanity’, placing it alongside The Taj Mahal, Pyramids of Giza, the Great Wall of China and the Grand Canyon. The city is famous for its beautiful architecture, iconic sights and fascinating history, all of which attracted visitors for thousands of years.

There is nowhere else quite like Bath Abbey. Magnificent stained glass windows, columns of honey-gold stone and some of the finest fan vaulting in the world, create an extraordinary experience of light and space.

But there is more to it than that. There has been a place of Christian worship on this site for over 1,200 years and the Abbey remains a living church today with services taking place throughout the entire week.

© Diego Delso, Spain (wikimedia image)

Bath is the only place in the UK where you can bathe in naturally hot spa water and original Roman Style Baths. 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.

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