List Of Colleges Using Ipads
Almost immediately after the iPad was released, the academic world started to take interest in it. That’s why in a short period of time various programs designed to determine the impact of iPad use in schools and colleges were developed. One of the first universities that decided to embrace the iPad is the Oklahoma State University that launched the iPad program conceived in the fall of 2010. What’s expected from the iPad in the academic world is to be a collaborative tool and a device that manages to bring together teachers and students. That’s why the Oklahoma State University decided to use iPads for courses delivered by the School of Media and Strategic Communications and by the Spears School of Business.
The Illinois Institute of Technology has also been using the iPad for academic purposes since the fall of 2010. In this case the plans are more ambitious because to launch the program, the institution offered iPads to all incoming freshman graduates. That’s because the staff at the Illinois Institute of Technology thought that, especially for introductory courses, the iPad will be a real blessing that will make sure resources are uniform. The program’s launch wasn’t cheap at all because it was estimated at $250,000.
Another college that made it to the list is the George Fox University that made available in 2010 the chance for freshmen to choose between a MacBook and an iPad. The price for the device offered was included in the tuition, so in this case the use of Apple products in education wasn’t complimentary. The same goes in the case of the Oklahoma Christina University that makes available for the students that matriculate iPads at an extra cost. Apparently in this case the intention of using the iPad in education is not as obvious, because the students are also offered the chance to choose between an iPhone and an iPod Touch.
By contrast, the University of Maryland made available in the fall of 2010 free iPads for the students part of the College’s Digital Cultures and Creativity living and learning program. Apparently the institution plans to make the devices part of the class experience delivered, so we’re put face to face with another college interested in using the iPad for educational purposes. The same can be said about Duke’s Global Health Institute that since 2010 has made available iPads for all students involved in field research. To the list I also have to add the generous Long Island University that managed to offer, at least in 2010, free iPads to all incoming freshmen and transfer students. I must also mention the Oklahoma State University that made the iPad part of a pilot program.
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