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UWS gives iPads to all new undergraduate students for February 2013



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UWS has announced that all new undergraduate students who enrol to study at UWS in February 2013 will receive a free Apple 16GB iPad with Retina display to support them in their learning.

This is believed to be the largest rollout of its kind ever carried out in an Australian university, and 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. 

This technology will enable students to engage with the growing number of online services – which will include online lectures, live web streaming of lectures, library services, apps and other tools which aim to provide the best possible learning and university experience. These online and off-campus options will complement face-to-face teaching which will remain core to learning and teaching at UWS.

“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.

Under the banner of create@UWS, staff and students will work together to create new ways of engaging with knowledge within and across disciplines and in online, community and work-based settings.  “The create@UWS initiative extends what our UWS academic staff are already doing so well in their teaching through innovation and a strong emphasis on engagement,” says Professor Krause.

“Over the next couple of years UWS will challenge some of the traditional lecture-style presentations by including more of the interactive learning that students value so much.

“Mobile technologies will be a key part of this strategy. We want to support our academic staff to make the most of iPads and custom-designed apps in class so that, even in the largest lecture theatre, students have access to just-for-me, just-in-time interactive learning experiences.”
 

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.

 

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