- Associated Press - Sunday, February 18, 2018

MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) - Dakota Wesleyan University has unveiled an initiative and a partnership with international technology company Apple.

University President Amy Novak announced Tuesday that all full-time, on-campus students would receive an iPad on the first day of class this fall under the initiative called Digital DWU, the Daily Republic reported .

Novak also announced that tuition will not increase next school year, but students will see a technology fee.

“Digital DWU is our comprehensive, university-wide digital learning initiative that will be at the forefront of educational innovation,” she said. “It is our commitment to a model of learning that combines innovation and analysis, knowledge while leveraging the power of a digital revolution that changes the way we teach, learn and work.”

University officials said the partnership with Apple is the first of its kind in South Dakota, giving students the experience and technological skills necessary to compete in the real world.

“(Technology is expanding our world in ways we couldn’t have imagined, even a decade ago,” Novak said. “It’s fundamentally changing how we learn, how we work and how we communicate.”

Students can expect a person iPad, Apple TV in classrooms across campus, faster bandwidth and an engaging education, according to the president.

Morgan Ziegler is a junior in the university’s athletic training program, and is one of several students in a pilot class as part of Digital DWU. Ziegler and her classmates have been creating their own personalized textbook using the iPads they were given last month.

“I don’t think DWU’s ever done anything like this and it’ll help a lot with learning styles,” she said. “I’m just excited for the campus. It’s big.”


Information from: The Daily Republic, http://www.mitchellrepublic.com

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