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Kaplan Takes Education to the iPad

KU Campus for Apple iPad allows student to take their courses through the popular mobile device and participate in discussions.
KU Campus for Apple iPad allows student to take their courses through the popular mobile device and participate in discussions.

Kaplan University has released a native iPad app that allows students to attend class through the mobile device.

KU Campus is an iOS-native app that Kaplan described as a "first of its kind" for a private-sector institution. With the new app, students can take their courses and access archived lectures, other course materials, activities, syllabi, links, and other information.

Kaplan University, a division of the Washington Post Co., serves more than 68,000 students online and through 11 physical campuses and six learning centers. The institution conferred more than 9,700 degrees in academic year 2009-2010 through 59 degree programs, 32 certificate programs, two diploma programs, and three law degree programs (this last via Concord Law School, a unit of Kaplan University).

Flexibility is a key to Kaplan's student population, most of whom are working adults and adults who have to care for their families. Fifty-five percent are older than 30. Eighty-eight percent take courses online.

"This application is a milestone in Kaplan University's commitment to delivering high-quality educational options to students who value the flexibility of an online format," said Gregory Marino, president of the Kaplan University Group, in a statement released today. "Our mission is to help our students succeed in every way possible. By offering technological innovation and continuous accessibility, we can accomplish this in ways yet to be achieved by others in the sector."

In addition to access to online courses, the app also offers:

  • Discussion boards for collaborating with students and faculty;
  • Access to financial aid information, including payment details, charges, information about scholarship, and other materials; and
  • Notifications.

KU Campus requires an iPad and supports iOS 3.2 or later. Additional details can be found on iTunes or on Kaplan's online learning portal.

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