iPads enhanced online studies at Oklahoma State University

Students at Oklahoma State University say that iPads can be a positive addition to higher education.
Students at Oklahoma State University say that iPads can be a positive addition to higher education.

Oklahoma State University released a study that shows that Apple's iPad tablets can play a positive role in academics when used in an institution of higher education, officials from the school announced.

Throughout the fall 2010 semester, university officials gave faculty and students iPads in order to study how they can be used in an academic environment. Burns Hargis, president of the university, said he was thrilled with the results, as the iPads increased productivity and lowered expenses.

Since students were able to purchase cyber versions of their textbooks for class, they were able to save money. Using these savings, students would be able to cover the cost of an iPad in two semesters, university officials said.

Of the students who participated in the pilot program, about 75 percent said they believe using an iPad enhanced their learning experience.

Students are also embracing online studying techniques by opting to take classes over the internet. According to the 2010 Sloan Survey of Online Learning, in the fall 2009 semester about 5.6 million students were enrolled in at least one online education course.

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