eLearning has developed a booking calendar for our class set of iPads to help users see when our class set of iPads are free for use in teaching, research or administration. You can check it out here: http://www.otago.ac.nz/its/services/teaching/otago054435.html. ITS has two sets of iPads available for loan and the availability of each is indicated by a coloured bar on the calendar.
We’re hopeful that this service will allow our customers to see in advance when the iPads are available and make requests for the iPads knowing they are the devices have not been previously booked. At this stage the calendar is read only and it is still necessary to use the iPad Loan form to send a request through for booking the iPads.
eLearning and ITS now have 2 sets of iPads available for use in University departments for teaching research and administration. The iPad loan scheme is a great way to get the most of out mobile technology without the large financial commitment.
Each set of iPads (3rd Generation) comes with a USB hub to charge all the iPads in one go. A MacBook can also be included so Apple Configurator can be used to manage App installation.
For more details check out the ITS website (http://www.otago.ac.nz/its/services/teaching/otago034345.html)
A recent user has been the Division of Health Science’s REACH Scholarship programme (http://tearawawhanauora.org.nz/2013/03/reach-otago-scholarship-for-year-13-maori-students-interested-in-health-career/) to give Māori students the opportunity to see where a career in health can take them and what opportunities the University of Otago can provide for them.
Here are some of the things they had to say about our iPads which they borrowed for a week:
I would consider myself very lucky!! The iPads were really handy and useful and it was easy to keep with the itinerary.
They were fantastic, being able to take notes, take pictures … made the iPads an integral part of my time down in Otago at the REACH programme
I really enjoyed using the iPads during the R.E.A.C.H scholarship. You could quickly get onto the Internet and it was good to take notes on.
We think this is pretty neat and an excellent use of the iPads.