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Lynn University saves students money on textbooks
Published Aug. 20, 2014
Lynn University today announced the expansion of its award-winning iPad initiative to include all day undergrad students, new MBA students and Ed.D students, more than double the deployment* over the 2013-2014 academic year. The tablets, which deliver the university’s nationally praised core curriculum and enhance the student learning experience, also save the students hundreds of dollars.
“Our iPad program provides students with more than a trendy device,” says Chief Information Officer Chris Boniforti. “Combined with our curriculum and faculty-produced iBooks, it is a transformational learning device that truly engages students. It also helps them save hundreds of dollars over the cost of traditional learning materials.”
As of 2014, thanks to the university’s faculty-produced iBooks and other course materials that are downloadable at no cost to students, the average Lynn first-year business student can anticipate spending only $29, a 97 percent savings over new hard-copy textbooks that cost $938. Even the lowest available examples provide significant cost savings. For example, a first-year biology student saves 44 percent on new book purchases and 62 percent on hard-copy rentals.
“We deliver approximately 100 percent of day undergraduate and 80 percent of MBA course content through the iPad and iTunes U,” says Gregg Cox, vice president for academic affairs. “This is significantly expanded over last year, and we hope to achieve 100 percent delivery in another year or two. Meanwhile, we continue to evaluate the program to ensure our student engagement increases and that the learning experience also improves.”
After the first year of implementation, a Lynn study showed that 94 percent of students and 97 percent of faculty associated the iPad with favorably contributing to the learning experience. Students and faculty enjoy many benefits by using iPads in the classroom, including their seamless integration with new learning systems available this year across campus, such as those in the new International Business Center.
Lynn has been recognized as an Apple Distinguished School for the 2014-2015 academic year. The designation is reserved for schools that meet criteria for innovation, leadership and educational excellence, and demonstrate Apple’s vision of exemplary learning environments.
Lynn measures its award-winning program’s progress through student surveys, student performance metrics and cost analysis. Each analytic tool examines achievement across four program goals: improving student engagement, extending the learning environment, making a transformational academic change and saving students money on textbook purchases.
*Lynn University delivered approximately 750 iPads in the 2013-2014 academic year, and totals are anticipated to reach 1,800 in 2014-2015.