Tablets in Classrooms

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UMN Assessment
Time Frame
2 to 5 Years
Last Updated on Sep 12, 2014

As opposed to Bring-Your-Own-Device strategies, Tablets in Classrooms initiatives are centrally supported and/or funded efforts to deploy a common tablet platform across a program, college, or institution. By requiring a single platform, institutions may be able to realize savings in the areas of training, maintenance, and support, while ensuring a common learning experience and taking advantage of platform-specific applications or functionality in ways that device-agnostic initiatives cannot.

Tablets in Classrooms at the University of Minnesota
In the fall of 2010 the University of Minnesota College of Education and Human Development (CEHD), in partnership with the University's Office of Information Technology, provided its entire freshman class of about 450 students with iPads, in what was at the time, the largest pilot of its kind at a major research university. The pilot researched how iPad use relates to student retention, engagement, and learning outcomes. A broad spectrum of first-year undergraduate courses in the Department of Postsecondary Teaching and Learning will incorporated the devices.

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