From the article:
- Long Island University's two-year-old program that distributes Apple iPads to students and faculty have introduced numerous advantages, including campus-wide access to online resources and textbook options, as well as challenge to IT infrastructure.
- CIO George Baroudi predicts that digital textbooks will be the norm in just a few years.
- LIU tagged $160,000 for network infrastructure upgrades, but new wireless network demands resulted in higher-than-expected capacity needs.
"... Incoming freshmen are given iPads at no cost, while graduate students and part-time undergraduates can purchase the devices at half price, $250. These tablets belong to the students, so students are advised to visit a nearby Apple Store to resolve problems. That means less of a support burden for LIU IT staff. To date, the initiative has reached about 10,000 students and educators. ..."