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Using the iPad to Enhance Student Learning

MINNEAPOLIS, MN (PRWEB) April 25, 2012

Saint Marys University of Minnesota moves into the vanguard of online and mobile learning by incorporating the iPad into its online graduate programs in Project Management, Organizational Leadership, and Human Resource Management in May. Staff and faculty who have developed the project will present their innovative approach at the Campus Technology Forum, which takes place April 30 through May 2 in Long Beach, CA.

Each student will receive an iPad preloaded with programs and resources and will use it to access the online learning environment, electronic resources, content-creation tools, and student services. But rather than functioning as a static device for receiving information, the iPad is deeply integrated into the curriculum of the programs, incorporating both native applications and specially designed learning activities that will enable and enhance student-to-student, student-to-instructor, and student-to-content interaction.

The project, designed for the needs of adult learners, will help enhance the social, teaching, and cognitive aspects of online learning, especially the role of the instructor. It also promotes and extends the anytime, anyplace advantage of online learning. Professional-grade applications make it easy for students to incorporate their studies into their work lives, complementing the practical, career-focused approach of Saint Marys online programs.

In their presentation at the conference, titled A Student-Centered Approach to Mobile Learning at Saint Mary's University, Bob Andersen, Saint Marys Director of Instructional Technology, will be joined by Shilpa Patwardhan and Rob Schnieders of Deltak edu, an online higher education company that has partnered with Saint Marys to implement and manage newly created mobile learning platform. The session will take place Wednesday, May 2, from 1 to 2:20 PM.

For more information about the project to integrate the iPad into online programs at Saint Marys University, please contact Julia Jensen at the above phone or email. To learn more about Saint Marys University and the online masters degree programs in Project Management, Organizational Leadership, and Human Resource Management, go to

About Saint Marys University of Minnesota
Saint Marys University of Minnesota (established in 1912) is a private, Lasallian Catholic institution offering comprehensive undergraduate and graduate programs. About 1,400 students are enrolled in the residential undergraduate College at the Winona campus. Approximately 4,300 students are enrolled in the Schools of Graduate and Professional Programs , which offers certificate, bachelor degree completion, master degree and specialist and doctoral programs. The university delivers education to its adult learners through campuses in Minneapolis, Winona and Nairobi, Kenya; centers in Apple Valley, Rochester, Oakdale and Minnetonka; and at numerous other locations in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Jamaica.

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