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Seton Hill University President JoAnne Boyle has been invited to present the University’s mobile learning initiatives at the 2011 Academia@Apple conference, in San Jose, Calif., March 30-April 1. Sponsored by the Council for Independent Colleges and the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, the conference brings together presidents and chief academic officers of independent colleges and universities which are focused on bringing innovation in learning to their campuses.

Boyle will participate in the discussion, “Exploring the Intersection of Mission, Technology and Scholarship,” with Ellen Stauder, Ph.D., dean of faculty, Reed College and Tracy Futhey, vice president, information technology and chief information officer, Duke University.

Seton Hill University attracted international attention last April when Boyle announced the University’s intention to provide an iPad to every full-time student in the fall 2010 semester. Boyle commented, “the challenge for teaching today’s students is figuring out how to use the array of mobile resources that are already at their fingertips, iPhone, iPad, MacBook, to improve learning both in and out of the classroom.”

The Seton Hill undertaking is campus-wide and involves continuing training of faculty, some of whom are taking part in a pilot project using interactive electronic textbooks. The University has also provided pervasive wireless technology and, through an Apple Certified Service Center located on campus, technological support throughout the college community.

The University has been recognized by IvyWise,a New York-based counseling company, as one of five universities in the country as a leader in mobile technology.