Magazine article University Business

Out Go Those Spiral Notebooks: Some IHEs Are Requiring Students, Faculty to Use Tablet PCs

Magazine article University Business

Out Go Those Spiral Notebooks: Some IHEs Are Requiring Students, Faculty to Use Tablet PCs

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Mayville State University (N.D.) is conducting an experiment that is unlikely to be published in an academic journal: they are among the first campuses in the country to provide their full-time students and faculty members with tablet PCs.

Though it will take a couple of years for Mayville State to assess the functional value of tablet PCs on campus, Chief Information Officer Keith Stenehjem thinks they will provide "additional flexibility" to their more than 900 full-time matriculated students and instructors.

"Our campus since 1997 has been a ubiquitous notebook campus," says Stenehjem.

All tablet PCs, provided by Gateway, have been issued by the school for a two-year period, and in that time, the PCs receive software updates and maintenance.

The search for the ideal notebook PC began in November 2004 when the campus decided to experiment with different model But the Gateway M275 struck administrators as a great solution since it allowed students to take notes that would become digitized, said Stenehjem, thus eliminating ink and paper. …

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