The Construction Management Department incorporates mobile learning devices as a central component of instructional delivery in a number of our courses. We have been phasing in a requirement to own an iPad for all students enrolled in construction management courses. There are six courses within the department that require an iPad (CMGT 110, 111, 201, 245, 385, 475).
Minimum requirements: You will need an iPad 2 or better with wifi access. You must have your own iPad as many instructors will use them for in-class quizzing and other assignments where sharing is not acceptable. The iPad mini will work, but the smaller screen will be a disadvantage for many uses, especially when looking at construction drawings. There are a variety of brand new iPads available starting at $399. It is also possible to buy less expensive used tablets through e-merchants or refurbished iPads from the Apple Store. Please note that the iPad 1 did not have a camera and will not meet the minimum requirements of the CM department.
Students without an iPad will be at a significant disadvantage for assignments and will likely suffer grade related consequences. Students are welcome to choose another type of tablet (Android, etc), but may be at a disadvantage, as some of the apps we will be using are only available for the iPad at this time. A list of FAQ’s is available below.
We recognize that this may place an undue financial burden on some students. To help offset the cost of purchasing the iPad, you may wish to purchase eTextbooks for some of your courses. Many eTexts are sold for considerably less than a traditional textbook.
In our courses, we envision the use of the iPad for a variety of multi-media student assignments and projects as well as for specialized construction management software. We have students using iPads on internships and many construction companies are becoming more tech-savvy at the jobsite. Ultimately, using the iPad in the classroom will help prepare you for your future career.
We hope you share our enthusiasm about the possibilities that this program possesses for innovative instruction and an enhanced educational experience!
The Construction Management Faculty
Frequently Asked Questions
Here is an excellent website describing how to do a lot of basic (and some not-so-basic) things on your iPad: The Best iPad Tips and Tricks
You can also get an official manual from Apple.
There are also books that you can purchase to help you if you need it. If you prefer in-person help, you can drop by The Zone in the SUB or the ILC. Any Apple Store should also be able to assist you