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 How Mobile Devices are Changing Higher Education 

6/1/2012

Students and teachers are increasingly embracing tablets and e-book readers in their personal lives, but do these devices have a place on community college campuses? Several institutions are exploring answers to that very question by piloting mobile technologies inside and outside college classrooms.

Scottsdale Community College (SCC) in Arizona, for example, is equipping about 125 faculty and students in a handful of classes with Apple iPads. The college has also purchased iPads for the library and tutoring centers for student use, and it bought another batch for other faculty and staff to evaluate.

“It’s about better engaging students in class, seeing how instructional support areas can use the devices in terms of working with students, and finding out if faculty and staff can use them to be more efficient and effective,” says Lisa Young, an instructional design and educational technology faculty member at SCC.

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