Magazine article University Business

Investing in Tablets for Athletes

Magazine article University Business

Investing in Tablets for Athletes

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With days spent on buses and planes, it's easy for student athletes to fall behind in class. That's why The University of Akron (Ohio) is giving them iPads.

Fully funded by donors, the program was piloted last year, with all members of the men's and women's basketball teams receiving tablets at a cost of $500 each. Along with improving academic performance, the tablets are meant to make it easier for coaches to communicate with players.

"We want to enhance--by using digital technology--the teaching and learning experience, and really the athletic experience," says Akron CIO Jim Sage.

Not surprisingly, the athletes in the pilot program spent most of their time checking email, listening to music, watching videos, and playing games, Sage says.

And while they did get some schoolwork done, officials wanted to ensure that the iPads were equipped with better classwork centered apps before deploying the program to other sports teams. Athletes will now be able to access the university's LMS from their iPads and more easily write papers. …

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