Mobile Computing

Lynn U Extends iPad Program

Lynn University will extend its iPad initiative to evening undergraduate programs beginning in the fall of next year in an effort to improve accessibility and quality and reduce costs.

Students in Lynn's iPad program receive an iPad Mini with required textbooks, apps, course materials, iTunes U courses, a LiveText license and an Apple Care warranty.

"Students who have work, family and other obligations will now have flexibility in how they earn their bachelor's degree," according to a Lynn news release. "The new program offers accelerated eight-week terms, easy transfer of college and work experience credits and a highly individualized experience with academic advising and professional coaching services."

Credit hours for the program will cost $295 for online courses and $355 for on campus courses, and students will be able to combine the two as they see fit. Additional savings will provided through use of e-books and faculty-created iBooks, as well as a reduced application fee of $30.

"Lynn's iPad-enabled curriculum provides mobile access to rich interactive content for busy adults and professionals," according to information released by the school. "Lynn has been utilizing the iPad ecosystem with daytime students since fall 2013, and has seen increased engagement from students enrolled in those courses. In recent surveys, 99 percent of students and 97 percent of faculty reported that the iPad ecosystem significantly enhanced the learning experience."

"With new tools for learning, less overhead and more flexibility for faculty members, we are able to revisit old assumptions about pricing models," says Lynn University President Kevin M. Ross, in a prepared statement. "Our new online degree program is a mobile ecosystem delivered through the iPad, iTunes U and iBooks, and it addresses the pressing issues of accessibility, cost and quality."

More information about Lynn University's iPad program is available at lynn.edu.

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Joshua Bolkan is contributing editor for Campus Technology, THE Journal and STEAM Universe. He can be reached at jbolkan@gmail.com.

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