Analysis of an iPad Initiative: Are Students Using the Technology?

  • Cheryl DuBose Arkansas State University
  • Sanoya Amienyi Arkansas State University
  • Brittany DuBose Arkansas State University


This study follows the implementation of an iPad Initiative program at a university in the midsouth region of the United States.  Freshmen students enrolled in a First Year Experience (FYE) course within the College of Nursing and Health Professions (CNHP) were surveyed regarding iPad use and curriculum implementation. Research questions included which apps are most popular for personal and school related use, which courses most commonly use the iPad, and whether students are satisfied with the current level of iPad integration within the curriculum.

Author Biographies

Cheryl DuBose, Arkansas State University

Department of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences

Assistant Professor

Sanoya Amienyi, Arkansas State University

Dept of First Year Studies

Assistant Professor

Brittany DuBose, Arkansas State University

Dept of Psychology

Undergraduate Student


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How to Cite
DUBOSE, Cheryl; AMIENYI, Sanoya; DUBOSE, Brittany. Analysis of an iPad Initiative: Are Students Using the Technology?. Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies in Education, [S.l.], v. 6, n. 1, p. 15-27, dec. 2017. ISSN 2166-2681. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 21 jan. 2021.


iPad integration; iPad initiative; m-learning, technology; apps; education