Conventional wisdom says that loaning Apple’s bestselling iPad to college students would be a popular move. A seven-week-long study by the University of Notre Dame found that students did indeed like learning with the tablet computers, but that they used the devices differently than was expected. The students also identified some drawbacks of bringing iPads into the classroom, such as the difficulty of taking notes on the tablet.
The study kicked off in Aug. 2010 under Notre Dame management professor Corey Angst. Students in Angst’s fall semester undergraduate “Project Management” course were each given an iPad to do reading and other coursework.
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