The good people of Oklahoma State, of which I am personally an alumni, have just released the results of an iPad pilot program that was tested out during the Fall 2010 semester.
The Oklahoma State college gave iPads to teachers and students in two separate OSU campuses, the main campus in Stillwater, and their other campus which is located in Oklahoma City. The program consisted of two subjects across five different sections, and overall it had a very positive impact on the success of the students who participated.
When the program was first initiated lots of consideration was given to make sure that the required courses were modified so that the use of the Apple iPad was not limited, so that the full impact of the changes could be evaluated correctly.
“We put this powerful and creative tool in the hands of faculty and students and the end result reached beyond enhancing the academic experience of our students,” says OSU President Burns Hargis. “The report outlines a possible decrease to student and administrative expenses, increased productivity, and how the iPad crosses between academic and personal barriers.”
“Consensus is the integration of the iPad can enhance a student’s academic experience and have a positive impact for faculty as well,” says Handy. “We used the iPad in every aspect of our course. The most important consideration is the device must be truly integrated. Simply distributing the device without evaluation of how the course might be modified for its use limits the impact.”
The study showed that students who participated in the iPad program actually saved money, although its not sure exactly how much, but it’s obvious because electronic versions of their textbooks were far less expensive than the actual print versions. The study also stated that the iPad had a positive effect on teachers as well, because the faculty was able to explore or recommend course-specific software.
Over three-fourths of the students who participated said that the iPad in fact increased their overall learning experience, which suggest that overall this test program was a complete success.
To read the full report regarding the success of the iPad at Oklahoma State, then you can check out the press report here.