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iPhones the Latest to Join Mobile Learning Mix

Magazine article University Business

iPhones the Latest to Join Mobile Learning Mix

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LIKE LAPTOPS, MOBILE DEVICES are now seen by college and university leaders as learning tools. First it was iPods, and now initiatives using Apple iPhones are joining the campus mix. This fall, Abilene Christian University (Texas) will begin a pilot program in which incoming freshmen will be issued either an Apple iPhone or the iPod touch for daily use. They will get to choose which device they prefer.

With more than 15 web applications developed for use on these types of devices, students can perform tasks such as receiving homework alerts, responding to surveys and quizzes, checking meal and account balances, and creating a campus map.

Officials selected these devices because they provide web browsers, according to Chief Information Officer Kevin Roberts. They also consulted with colleagues at Duke University (N.C.), which started a similar program involving iPods in 2004.

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"We're looking to learn right away if this is something that's feasible," says Roberts. …

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