Duke explores Apple’s iPad for fall 2010

invisibleSHIELD case for iPad“Next year, some Duke students will be able to play with Apple’s latest toy—and use it for classwork, too,” Rachel Sussman reports for The Duke Chronicle.

“The Duke Center for Instructional Technology is looking for ways to incorporate the iPad into the classroom, said Lynne O’Brien, director of academic technology and instructional services,” Sussman reports. “CIT plans to buy a number of iPads for faculty and students by this Fall. ‘We’re very interested in what the iPad might enable for education and research at the University.’ O’Brien said. ‘Duke is a leader in exploring the use of mobile devices with multimedia. I think we will do some kind of explorations with the iPad.'”

Sussman reports, “Members of the faculty can approach CIT with a research question and a plan to use the iPad in the classroom. If CIT approves the professor’s proposal, students will be provided with iPads to use in the course. After a semester, the professor must provide an evaluation of the device.”

“O’Brien said that so far, about eight to 10 faculty members have contacted CIT to learn more about the iPad,” Sussman reports. “‘I wouldn’t be surprised if in the Fall, we have at least half a dozen instructors doing some type of experiment with them over the course of the semester,’ she said.”

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Sam I.” for the heads up.]

22 Comments

  1. One thing’s for sure: Duke got damn lucky when Arinze Onuaku sustained a quad injury and couldn’t play in the NCAA tourney.

    Evil:
    Duke, Yankees, ManU, Microsoft, Google

    Good:
    Syracuse, Red Sox, Arsenal, Apple, Ben & Jerry’s

  2. Just what we need – toys in the classroom at institutions of higher education. Yes, the iPad does make it easier – with it’s simple and fast access to mindless games – for the further dumbing down of our society.

    I wonder if Jobs is actually working for Obama as part of his plan to seize the country.

  3. @ Toy
    “Just what we need – toys in the classroom at institutions of higher education. Yes, the iPad does make it easier – with it’s simple and fast access to mindless games – for the further dumbing down of our society.

    I wonder if Jobs is actually working for Obama as part of his plan to seize the country.”

    Mindless seems to be your thing!

  4. I love it how in this society we root for people/organizations/institutions to succeed…..and then when they do, we can’t wait to tear them down. Duke and the Yankees do what they’re supposed to do…win. It doesnt make them evil, just successful. Who cares if the Yanks have a big payroll? They get paid to win….and they win. When the Dead Sox (with a pretty obscene payroll themselves) have won even HALF the Word Series the Yanks have, then maybe they’ll be doing their job, but the fact that they continuously lose doesn’t make them “good,” it just makes them a poor ball club.
    I wonder how many of the inane “good/evil” posters on here are just waiting to take a pot shot at Apple because of their huge success.

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