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Active learning, tablet technologies, iPads, Nearpod, computer-assisted instruction, space utilization, SCALE-UP classrooms


This study details a trial in which three undergraduate library instruction sessions were conducted on a class set of iPads, within a SCALE-UP classroom. The iPads suggested strong potential as replacements for desktop computers and demonstrated support for key active learning approaches: instant polling, content sharing, and navigation of web pages and databases. The SCALE-UP classroom has made notable contributions in promoting undergraduate learning, and its advantages were found to be extensible to library instruction. The pedagogy which the space is designed to reinforce, collaborative learning segments interspersed with lecture components, seemed to promote student engagement in library instruction sessions.


This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in College & Undergraduate Libraries on 06/11/2015, available online: