Instructional Support Services

iPad Pilot (Summer 2014 -Fall 2014 - Spring 2015)

Since Fall 2012 Information Technology Services and the Center for Faculty Excellence have sponsored the Faculty iPad Pilot Program. ITS loans twenty 3rd generation iPads per term to faculty members.   We welcome all Ithaca College faculty to participate in an online iPad faculty learning community in Sakai.

  • Apply now for Summer 2014 and Fall 2014 and Spring 2015.
  • Applicants can apply for personal exploration or with a group or lab.


Summer 2014

Applications due May 13, 2014 at 5PM
iPads distributed by May 20, 2014.
iPads returned to ITS August 15, 2014.

Fall 2014

Applications due by Aug. 1, 2014. (Extended to Aug 11)
iPad distributed week of Aug 18, 2014.
iPad due to ITS Dec 12, 2014

Spring 2015

Applications are being taken on a rolling basis.

Purpose of the Pilot

  1. To explore the use of the iPad for group work in the field, clinical settings and the classroom. 
  2. To explore the use of tablet computing for teaching, research, and personal productivity. 
  3. To learn basic skills of operating an iPad for a variety of functions such as creating media, note taking, annotation.
  4. To find discipline-specific apps, eBooks, or uses of the iPad.
  5. To create a faculty iPad community for sharing ideas and experiences.
  6. For ITS to gain experience supporting tablet devices in an institutional setting.

iPad Specifications

  • The iPads are 3rd generation iPads (16 GB) with wireless and 4G capability.  3G service costs are not included in the iPad Pilot.
  • Each iPad will come with a case.
  • There are 5 keyboard-cases available.

iPad Pilot Activities

Pilot participants who are working on a group project will be:

  • Required to work closely with ITS to coordinate the logistics of managing multiple iPads for their collaborators.

All pilot participants will be:

  • Added to a Sakai Site called "iPad Pilot" for links to resources and to communicate with the other iPad Pilot participants.
  • Encouraged to go through a set of tasks at their own pace from setting up email to making videos to downloading iBooks.
  • Encouraged to do a small project or investigation of apps, books, or uses of the iPad for their own research or teaching.
  • Encouraged to attend iPad round tables.
  • Encouraged to share their experiences with their colleagues.


  1. All full time faculty, with a minimum of a one year appointment are eligible to apply to be in the pilot.
  2. Prior experience with tablets is not necessary.
  3. Applications consist of a short form which includes the applicant's goals for participating in the pilot.
  4. The iPad is not a gift and remains the property of Ithaca College and must be returned by respectve due dates.
  5. Participants must have an Apple ID to sync their iPad and download free or paid Apps or iBooks.
  6. Personal data will be removed after iPads are returned.