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Sept. 20, 2013
For years Northwest Missouri State University has placed a focus on providing students with the tools they need to succeed in the classroom, and now the University is looking to the future by piloting a tablet computer program this fall.
Since 2005, Northwest has provided notebook computers to its students. This fall, while continuing its traditional laptop program, Northwest provided students in the pilot program with an HP Elite Pad tablet to use in place of the notebook computer.
The pilot program involves about 80 students serving on Northwest’s Student Senate and enrolled in the University’s honors program.
The HP Elite Pad tablet uses a Windows 8 operating system with an Intel® Atom® Z2760 processor and a 10-inch touchscreen. It also includes a 1080-pixel front-facing camera and an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera with a LED flash. The tablet has a battery life of up to 20 hours.
“This device provides students with the functionality and resources of a laptop, but it is packaged as a sleek, user-friendly tablet,” said Dr. Roger Von Holzen, Northwest’s vice president of information technology.
Students in the pilot program say there is an adjustment period with the tablet, but they appreciate its light weight and compact size. The device weighs 1.4 lbs. and offers enhanced capabilities that the notebook computers do not.
“I’ve had it since August and used it for classes, note-taking, paper-writing, and I really enjoy it,” Northwest Student Senate President Cody Uhing said. “It has everything our older computers have, and it’s much easier to carry. It’s much lighter, and those are redeeming qualities that students have enjoyed.”
In 1987, Northwest became the nation’s first public university to implement a comprehensive networked campus by providing networked computing stations in every residence hall, faculty office and administrative office.
In 2005, more than 2,200 notebook computers were distributed to students, signaling the beginning of the laptop program. Northwest provided notebook computers that were wireless-ready to every student living on campus.
In the fall of 2008, full-time undergraduate and graduate students were provided with wireless-ready notebook computers. The notebook program was expanded in 2009 to provide all part-time undergraduate and graduate students living off-campus with a notebook computer.
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