University of North Carolina’s Information Technology Services has built upon their previous faculty-based Tablet PC pilot, and have begun incorporating students for the 2007-08 school year.
First and foremost, ITS-TL identifies, explores and pilots different ways to integrate technology into the instructional mission of the University. A recent example is the UNC Tablet PC Research Group.
This year, the tablet PC is included in the laptop models available through the CCI program. Capitalizing on the availability of the tablet PC, and leveraging the knowledge gained through last year’s faculty tablet PC pilot, ITS-TL has partnered with student government to conduct a student tablet PC pilot.
Tablet PCs are now on loan to 25 students for the 2007-08 school year. More than 475 students volunteered to participate in the pilot. Selected students attend a basic orientation program and follow-up training sessions, create regular blog postings and give their feedback through focus group meetings.
Results of this pilot will help inform the selection of future computer models through the CCI. Results will also be made available to aid incoming students in selecting the best CCI computer for their academic needs.