Australian University to Hand Out 11,000 IPads to Students
Australia's University of Western Sydney is to hand out 11,000 iPads to its students and staff in one of the largest rollouts in an Australian university
The University will distribute 11,000 iPads to every new student and all academic staff in 2013 to support learning and teaching innovations across the curriculum and in informal learning environments.
This move -- believed to be the largest rollout of its kind ever carried out in an Australian university -- marks the start of the University's major longer-term strategy to engage students in new ways of learning and interacting with all that UWS has to offer across its campuses and online.
"With digital technology revolutionising how we connect and interact with the world, university study should be no different," says Professor Kerri-Lee Krause, UWS Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education).
"This initiative will not only readily equip our students and academic
staff with mobile tools to enhance learning, it will also help them to engage
with an ever-increasing online world."
Professor Krause says the iPad initiative is just one part of a comprehensive curriculum renewal strategy at UWS, which includes implementing more flexible study options for students and a blended learning model for all UWS degrees from 2013 and beyond.
Professor Krause says the iPad intiative is part of a suite of innovations that involve emerging technologies to engage students within and beyond the traditional classroom, as well as making the most of work-based and community-based learning to bring higher education to life.
She says UWS already has great examples of innovative teaching and learning in its Schools.
"The iPad initiative is just one part of our broader, four-year Blended Learning Strategy to embrace emerging technologies and other modes of learning as a way to complement our face-to-face teaching, which will of course remain core to UWS."