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Student Tablet Computers

Congratulations on your acceptance to ISU-UNL Veterinary Medicine program. Included in this email are the instructions on how to order your tablet, I have included information regarding wireless, the tablet warranty and printing at each institution.

Faculty at ISU and UNL want to provide you the best education possible. They realize that today information technology is an essential tool for veterinarians. Our faculty members are implementing valuable new teaching techniques and methods in the classroom. Some examples include:

  • Real time polling to gauge student learning in a lecture
  • Virtual microscope allowing access to slides through the web
  • In class access to extensive online resources
  • Digital movies of procedures
  • Use of digital ink to take notes on instructors presentations
  • Access to classroom capture files for lecture review
  • Wireless in every classroom
  • Real time collaborative note sharing

The wealth of digital veterinary information and the advantages of portable computers combined with wireless networking have led us to conclude that these tools are an essential part of the veterinary education process. That is why all students entering the College of Veterinary Medicine are required to purchase a mobile computer through a college-negotiated bulk purchasing agreement. This year, the computer to be purchased is under review. The total cost of the computer, 4-year warranty, external backup system, Microsoft® Office® Professional suite, and tax will be $2,550.00.

Basic Tablet Configuration

The itemized costs and configuration are outlined in the online order form. Entering students are required to purchase this configuration. If you choose you can add options offered by the manufacturer at additional cost on your own.

Tablet Ordering Process

To place your computer order, please visit http://vetmed.iastate.edu/class-2018-tablet-order-configuration

You must complete the order process by June 25th at midnight.

You will need to have your ISU NetID and setup before you will be able to order your computer. If you don’t have your ISU NetID please setup it up at https://asw.iastate.edu/cgi-bin/acropolis/register. In the upper right corner of the page you will see the Log In.

Processing of Tablets

Tablets ordered for Lincoln students will be delivered directly to UNL. Once they are received, the UNL staff will process the tablets for distribution to UNL students. Tablets ordered for Ames students will be shipped to ISU and ISU staff will process the computers during the summer for distribution to students during fall orientation. Any questions or issues with initial tablet orders should be directed to Steven Kovarik at skovarik@iastate.edu or 515-294-1359 for resolution.

ISU and UNL students will have access to loaner computers should they experience any maintenance issues with their tablets. UNL and ISU desktop support staff will address maintenance issues for their respective students and will interact directly with computer vendor for repair services.

Frequently Asked Questions

If my tablet is ordered in June, why do I have to wait until August to receive it?

There are several reasons for this. First, it takes our technical support staff several weeks to configure and operationally check all these computers. Second, these computers are purchased with university funds and ownership rests with the university until students sign a legal transfer of ownership document when they pick up their computers. By distributing the tablets at orientation our technical staff members can confirm with each student that they have received the equipment they ordered and that it is functioning properly and should any issues arise they can generally be corrected on the spot. Third, the tablets are set up for operation with the network at each institution and the first time students log into their system it must be connected to the local network. Fourth, for various reasons some students who intended to come to school do not, and waiting to distribute computers at orientation forgoes difficulties associated with this circumstance. Finally, the vendor will only ship computers to the universities and since we have students from literally all over the country, not all students are able to stop by and pick up their computers and we do not have the resources to ship systems all over the country and it simply would not be fair to allow some students to get their computers sooner than others.

Why do I have to buy this specific computer model?

You may already own a mobile computer, leading you to wonder why you should be required to invest in a new one. This computer will become part of your everyday learning environment, just like your textbooks or class notes. Because we view your tablet computer as an essential piece of educational equipment, we are committed to ensuring that you are fully supported by the College's IT. Unfortunately, it would not be feasible to provide support for multiple computer makes and models.

How will I be charged for this computer? Will financial aid be available?

After you are admitted to veterinary school, a charge for the cost of the computer will be placed on your University Bill for the Fall Semester. As an entering VM student, the cost of the computer has already been factored into the financial aid award offer which you received in May. If you have questions about the financial aid award please contact the admissions office.

What about printing?

Currently at ISU there are a number of printers (both color and black & white) available for students to use. In Ames student computer fee funds are used to pay for the printers, paper and toner. Black & white printing is charged $0.05 and color printing is available for $0.10 per page. Each student will receive a $25.00 credit at the beginning of the school year for printing. Once this credit has been used up printing will go against the student’s uBill. Questions about ISU printing can be found at http://www.it.iastate.edu/printing/. At UNL charges for printing are $0.09/page and each student is given a one time credit of $2.50 on the N card for Uniprint. Information concerning Uniprint can be found at: https://uniprint.unl.edu/.

Will I have internet access?

At ISU all of our major classrooms and many of the public spaces and throughout the campus have high speed wireless access. All students can access the network and the internet through these connections. At UNL virtually every building on both campuses in Lincoln are set up for wireless access. Information concerning wireless access at UNL East Campus can be found at: http://its.unl.edu/wifi/east-campus-wireless-map.

Who should I contact for more information?

At ISU, if you have any questions regarding the mobile computing initiative, please contact our Director of Information Technology Steven Kovarik at skovarik@iastate.edu or 515-294-1359 and at UNL please contact Roxane Ellis at: rellis1@unl.edu or 402-472-8457.