Lynn's unique style has always helped our faculty and students achieve great things. And now, our iPad-based learning initiative puts innovation at your fingertips.
- What is the iPad program? Lynn’s award-winning, tablet-based learning initiative puts a transformational learning device into the hands of our students and empowers faculty to more creatively deliver our nationally praised core curriculum. As of fall 2014, all day undergraduates, new MBA students and new Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) students received a brand new iPad mini to study with and keep upon graduation.
- What is the benefit of learning on an iPad? Mobile technologies enable Lynn to truly transform teaching and learning. Mobile content on the iPad more effectively engages students and empowers faculty to teach in exciting ways, breaking the constraints of the traditional classroom. Lynn students use the device to enhance classroom discussions through interactive lessons, virtual tutoring, reading, dictation, and organizing coursework. In a survey of Lynn freshmen who used the device in fall 2013, 94 percent said the iPad mini contributed to their learning experience and 73 percent said that the iBooks are more effective than traditional textbooks.
- How does Lynn’s iPad program compare to other programs? Apple has named Lynn one of a select few Distinguished Schools for innovation, leadership and educational excellence. Lynn’s iPad program is one of the most extensive in the country, offering more content and a higher degree of faculty adoption than many other schools that are experimenting with the same technology.
- Will the iPad have a data plan? There is no data plan included. The devices are Wi-Fi enabled. Lynn University has a state-of-the-art wired and wireless network so that students have a reliable, scalable and fast wireless connection anywhere on campus. Online students must have access to a wireless Internet connection from their home or other location.
- What are the technical requirements for me to operate the iPad? You will need access to a Wi-Fi connection.
- What comes preloaded on my iPad? Lynn pre-loads the devices with Mobile Iron, iTunes U, iBooks, LynnU app and myLynn app. Mobile Iron allows Lynn to make available a complete set of pre-paid apps for students. The apps include productivity and collaboration tools, as well as faculty-selected apps for specific Lynn programs.
- What if I prefer to do my coursework from a computer or laptop? Can I get by without an iPad? You are required to use the iPad because your instructors use iTunes U, iBooks and apps to hold courses. iTunes U and apps do not work on a laptop or desktop computer.
- Is there anything I can’t use my Lynn-issued iPad for? All students must follow university computing policies. See page 67 of Institution-wide Policy Manual.
- I don’t know how to use an iPad or iTunes U. Is there training available? Lynn will provide video tutorials. In addition, Apple has several resources available at: http://www.apple.com/support/ipad/.
- Do I have a choice in what color iPad I receive? No.
- What, if any, accessories are included with the iPad? Your Lynn iPad mini comes with a power adapter and cord.
- How do I set up an iTunes account? We will provide both digital and paper instructions with your iPad.
- Do I need a new iTunes account, or can I use my existing iTunes account? It's up to you. We suggest that you set up a brand new account if you currently share your iTunes account with family members.
- Can I install Lynn apps on another device that I own? Yes, you can access the Lynn apps through iTunes, using the same Apple ID as the one you use for your Lynn iPad.
- If I already own an iPad and don’t wish to receive one from Lynn, do I receive a discount on my tuition bill? No. You will need to use your Lynn-issued iPad for your coursework. This ensures that you will have seamless access to content, services and technical support.
- When do I get my iPad? You’ll receive your iPad mini prior to the start of the term, once your bill has been paid. Assuming all fees have been paid, day undergraduate students will pick up their devices during orientation or the first week of classes.
- How much does the iPad cost? The cost of the iPad mini is included in the technology fee charged to all day undergraduate students. Deadlines and fees for each term will be specified in your financial letter.
- What happens if I take a leave of absence or terminate the program early? Do I have to return the iPad? Undergraduate students must return the iPad to Lynn. Upon withdrawal, dismissal or any other notification to promptly return the issued iPad, you must return the iPad to IT Support Services immediately. Unreturned iPads will result in a $400 fee. Any unreturned accessories, including AC power and cords issued by Lynn University, will result in a $25 fee.
- What is the cost to ship the iPad back to Lynn if I don’t complete the program? Undergraduate students are responsible for returning the iPad if they don’t complete the program. They may return it in person to campus or ship it at their own expense.
Who is responsible for loss or damage of the iPad?
For undergraduate students, Lynn University will determine on a case-by-case basis any fees to cover for iPad damages or losses. Remember, you are responsible for the device, and you will need it for your coursework. Below please find our standard fees for repairs or lost devices. Fees may be higher for multiple repairs on one device or multiple replacements for one student.
You must notify the IT Support Desk immediately after the loss or damage occurs (phone: +1 561-237-7979). In the event of loss or theft, you should also contact Campus Safety at +1 561-237-7226.
Repairs: For all accidental repairs covered under the User Agreement, a loaner iPad will be issued during the time it takes for repairs. If the device is repairable, the repair fee is $50. If an iPad is not repairable, it will be replaced for $150.
Lost or stolen iPad ($150): All lost or stolen iPads must be reported to Campus Safety and IT Support Services immediately. A replacement iPad mini will be provided. After the third replacement, the student will be charged the full replacement cost of $400.
Unreturned iPads ($400): Upon withdrawal, dismissal or any other notification to promptly return the issued iPad, you must return the iPad to IT Support Services immediately. Unreturned iPads will incur a $400 fee.
Unreturned accessories ($25): Any accessories, including AC power cords issued by Lynn University, must be returned upon notification. Unreturned accessories will incur a $25 fee.
- Do I need a credit card on file to cover costs if I lose, break or don’t return the iPad? No.
- Whom do I contact for service/tech support? Contact the IT Support Desk in person (located on the first floor of the Lynn Library, circulation desk); by phone (+1 561-237-7979); or by email (firstname.lastname@example.org). Hours of operation are Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–6 p.m.
- Will I ever be required to purchase supplemental textbooks, or will everything be available through the iPad/iTunes U? You will need to purchase some additional textbooks because not all courses have iBooks. Lynn faculty-produced iBooks, where available, provide significant cost-savings to students. For example, freshmen who participated in the first year of Lynn’s iPad program will save up to 50 percent off the cost of their core curriculum textbooks over a two-year period.
- How long do I have to return the iPad to Lynn if I don’t complete the program? You must return it within 7 business days.
What changes are you making to the evening programs at Lynn?
Curriculum (online and on campus) delivered via iPad mini
As of fall 2015, we'll deliver evening undergraduate degree programs via our award-winning iPad platform, which includes iTunes U and iBooks. New and returning students will be able to complete their undergraduate degrees online, on campus or through a combination of both for about the cost of a single year's tuition for a traditional degree program.
Highly cost-effective tuition structure
An evening bachelor's degree at Lynn will cost $35,400 for an entirely online program ($295 per online credit hour) and up to $42,600 for an entirely on-campus program ($355 per on-campus credit hour). The university will also reduce its application fee for the evening and online programs from $45 to $30.
New and flexible degree completion option
We've also added the Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts to our array of evening programs. This degree, with its emphasis on critical thinking and creative problem-solving, is an attractive option for working adults who already have some college credits and need to complete their bachelor's degrees.
Credit for prior learning
We offer a non-credit course for adult students to help them develop a portfolio of their learning experiences. Lynn students may submit their life learning experiences for college credits that can be applied to their degree. Our new non-credit course will guide you through the process to gain credit for learning gained outside a traditional academic environment such as working, participating in employer training programs, serving in the military, studying independently, volunteering or doing community service.
What are the benefits of the new evening programs?
Students will now have complete flexibility to earn their bachelor's degree online, on campus or a combination of both. Our online and on-campus programs offer accelerated eight-week terms, easy transfer of college and work experience credits and a highly individualized experience with academic advising and professional coaching services. Students enrolled in our on-campus and online programs will also have access to campus services including the library and career center. SAT/ACT scores are not required.
You'll now be able to pursue your bachelor's degree for about the cost of a single year's tuition for a traditional degree program. Our iPad-enabled curriculum also allows for substantial cost savings with free, faculty-produced iBooks and affordable e-books.
Lynn's iPad-enabled curriculum provides mobile access to rich interactive content for busy adults and professionals. We've been utilizing the iPad program with daytime students since fall 2013, and we've seen increased engagement from students enrolled in those courses. In recent surveys, 99 percent of students and 97 percent of faculty reported that the iPad significantly enhanced the learning experience. We've been honored as an Apple Distinguished School, CIO 100 award recipient and winner of the Association of College and University Telecommunications Administrators (ACUTA) Institutional Excellence in Information Technology Award.
What if adult students aren't comfortable utilizing the iPad technology?
All students enrolled in an evening undergraduate program will take a one-credit course to orient them to Lynn's iPad-based learning ecosystem and help ensure their success in technology-enabled coursework. In addition, both on-campus and online students can contact the IT Support Desk in person (located on the first floor of the Lynn Library, circulation desk); by phone (+1 561-237-7979); or by email (email@example.com). Hours of operation are Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–6 p.m.
Will the new pricing model for evening and online programs compete with your market for the daytime program?
The evening program is for students who have work, family and other obligations that don't allow for a traditional, residential degree program. Research shows that adult students are looking for cost-effective and accelerated programs that allow them to complete their degrees in the evenings or online to allow time for other responsibilities. Meanwhile, students coming directly to Lynn from high school or other colleges are looking for a different, immersive experience that includes on-campus living and a full-time focus on their educational and social development.
What changes are you making to the graduate programs at Lynn?
As of fall 2015, we're expanding our award-winning iPad program to include all master's degree programs in communication, psychology, criminal justice, music and education. Students who enroll in the master's programs will receive an iPad mini, which they can keep after graduation. Mobile content on the iPad more effectively engages students, saves money on textbooks and empowers faculty to teach in exciting ways, breaking the constraints of the traditional classroom.
- When do I get my iPad? You’ll receive your iPad mini prior to the start of the term, upon payment of your deposit. Assuming all fees have been paid, Ed.D. students will pick up their devices during the first week of classes. Lynn will mail the iPads to MBA students. If you would like to come on campus to pick up your iPad you may do so starting August 25th 8am –6pm (Library second floor) or it will be mailed out to you after labor day.
- How much does the iPad cost? MBA and Ed.D. students pay a deposit, which will be applied to the cost of tuition after completion of 12 credits. The deposit is $300. Your deposit should be paid before you register, but must be paid before you receive the iPad. If your payment is received after August 18th, you will not receive your iPad until after Labor Day.
- Can my financial aid or VA benefits be applied to the online MBA or Ed.D. program deposits? Meet with your financial aid counselor to determine eligibility.
- How will the iPad be shipped to me, and who pays for the shipping (for MBA students only)? Lynn will ship the devices via FedEx. Lynn will pay for the shipping.
- Will late applicants receive the iPad before classes start? Lynn will expedite shipping for online MBA students who miss the deposit deadline.
- What happens if I take a leave of absence or terminate the program early—do I have to return the iPad? MBA and Ed.D. students will forfeit their deposit and keep the device.
- What is the cost to ship the iPad back to Lynn if I don’t complete the program? MBA and Ed.D. students will forfeit their deposit and keep the device.
- Who is responsible for loss or damage of the iPad? Apple provides a one-year warranty for product defects, but MBA and Ed.D. students are responsible for lost or damaged devices. Lynn will provide insurance information for students who want to buy additional insurance coverage.
- Whom do I contact for service/tech support? Contact the IT Support Desk in person (located on the first floor of the Lynn Library, circulation desk), by phone (+1 561-237-7979) or by email (firstname.lastname@example.org). Hours of operation are Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–6 p.m.
- Will I ever be required to purchase supplemental textbooks, or will everything be available through the iPad/iTunes U? You will need to purchase some additional textbooks, because not all courses have iBooks. Lynn faculty-produced iBooks, where available, provide significant cost-savings to students. MBA students who join Lynn in Fall 2014 will be provided at least two faculty-produced iBooks, which provides a cost-savings of approximately $400.