Local university ditches textbooks for new technology

By Heather Sawaski, Local 5 News

Published 10/03 2013 03:24PM

Updated 10/03 2013 07:01PM

APPLETON, Wis. (WFRV) - Traditional text books will soon be a thing of the past at one area college.

"Very cool. Very cool," exclaimed Sara Payne. "It's going to be a lot easier."

The business finance major at Globe University's Appleton campus is one of hundreds of students getting acquainted with an iPad.

"It's going to be better class discussions I would say," commented Payne.

As technology changes, so should classrooms. That's why campus leaders are leaving traditional textbooks and giving students iPads and eBooks.

"Our instructors can allow the students to use the eBooks right there in the classrooms, but also use apps and new technology," explained Kimberly Stevens, Appleton Campus Director. "That's what the students are going to be experiencing once they graduate and they're going to be seeing in the career field."

The school's edUX learning initiative is rolling out at campuses across the midwest.

About 250 iPads will be given out at the Appleton campus over the next week. Most at no cost to students. With a price tag of $600, full time students can cover the cost with an iPad scholarship.

"It's $300 per quarter," said Stevens. "The cost is kind of taken out over six months, but the scholarship is then applied so it's truly free of charge for the students."

Officials say eBooks cost 40 percent less than a traditional textbook. It's a savings Sara Payne can't wait to cash in on.

"I think the most I've spent was $500," Payne said of traditional books. "But that's per quarter so having the iPad is going to be a lot cheaper because everything is just downloaded automatically."

Officials said once the students have an iPad, it is theirs to keep. If it is lost or stolen, it can also be replaced.

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