Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

South Dakota University Mandates Use of Handheld Computing Devices

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

South Dakota University Mandates Use of Handheld Computing Devices

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tech / briefs By RONALD ROACH

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.

The University of South Dakota (USD) at Vermillion has provided Palm handheld computers to 1,300 first-year undergraduates and first-year law and medical students. The initiative, which is one of the first by a U.S. campus to mandate the use of handheld computers by undergraduate students, began at the beginning of the 2001 -- 2002 academic year.

"The University of South Dakota students live in a mobile society. We must provide a learning environment using the latest technology so our students can take advantage of the benefits of anytime, anywhere learning to better prepare for the future. Palm's mobile technology enables us to extend learning beyond the walls of classrooms," said USD president Dr. James W. Abbott at a news conference.

The USD Foundation is underwriting the majority of the cost of the handhelds. Students will bear a portion of the cost through a small assessment during four semesters, according to university officials. …

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