College of Business iPad Policy FAQ
Why require a tablet at all?
- In the accounting and business world, the iPad and other recently emerging technologies are becoming standard everyday devices for productivity. In addition, these devices provide a vast array of opportunities to enhance learning.
- Furthermore, the College of Business is accredited by the AACSB. AACSB Standard 9 includes in the general skills areas:
- “Information technology (able to use current technologies in business and management contexts).”
- In addition, “Information technology […] impacts business practices to include data creation, data sharing, data analytics, data mining, data reporting, and storage across organizations […].”
- In the accounting discipline, the technology bar has been set even higher.
- New standard A7 requires that “Accounting degree programs integrate current and emerging accounting and business information technologies throughout the academic curricula.”
- Further, standard A7 requires that “student experiences integrate […] technology-driven changes in practices” and “graduates demonstrate the ability to effectively utilize technology; understand its capabilities, impacts, risks, and opportunities.”
Why the iPad?
- We chose the iPad because it is widely used in business and it consolidates access to many educational tools including apps, textbooks, calculators, calendars, cameras, video recorders, maps, dictionaries, and organizers.
- Additionally, the iPad is fully integrated with the iTunes U and iBooks platforms, which have both content development and delivery built into the device.
Why can't I use my non-iPad tablet?
- For consistency across courses/professors, etc., we agreed to choose one platform. The iPad is consistently the best ranked/reviewed and most used tablet device and has the widest range of apps. Your professors will be utilizing and having you utilize some apps on the iPad that are not available on other tablet devices. Of course, you can use your non-iPad tablet for other things, but you still need an iPad to take upper level courses in accounting.
Does this mean I don't need access to a computer?
- A laptop or personal computer or use of the UAFS lab computers will still be compulsory for some courses. Tablets haven’t yet replaced computers, although they do complement them well and can be used for some of the same functions.
Can I use my iPad mini?
- Students who have used iPad minis have said that it was just too small to see most of the apps we will be using. We anticipate that textbooks (via CourseSmart) would be very problematic on a mini as well. Zooming in on CourseSmart means zooming into part of the page (not like changing to a bigger font in iBooks or Kindle type apps) which is rather cumbersome and difficult to read. The iPad mini will function, but most students will not find it satisfactory for heavy use in learning because of its size. We strongly recommend and encourage the purchase of an iPad.
Where can I buy an iPad?
- iPads are available at most retailers of technology, including Best Buy, Walmart, and Apple stores, amongst many others. They are also available for purchase online at apple.com and other online retailers.
What do I need, tablet-wise?
- At a minimum, you must have an Apple iPad2 or newer tablet with
- 16 GB or more of memory/storage
- Wifi capabilities
- You must also have an iTunes account for purchase of apps required for classroom use
- You may elect to get more memory or a 3G/4G machine, but that will not be required.
- You will probably need a cover of some sort, maybe a keyboard and/or stylus.
- You can decide what you need or want beyond the minimum required specifications; you may elect to purchase more memory, a better display, a cover, a keyboard, or a cellular ready tablet, but these options will cost more.
Which courses require the iPad?
- All upper level courses in accounting, which includes all accounting courses with a course number of 3000 or higher, such as Intermediate Accounting I and II, Cost Accounting, Accounting Information Systems, Auditing, Tax Accounting I and II, Advanced Accounting, Advanced Cost Accounting, Governmental and Not-for-Profit Accounting, and Forensic Accounting.