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Lynn University Digital Press

 

In fall 2013, Lynn University became one of the first schools nationwide to implement tablet-based learning.

Each incoming freshman on campus received an iPad mini to use for coursework through iTunes U.

The project included the launch of the Lynn University Digital Press (LUDP), run by the Lynn University Library. LUDP publishes faculty-written iBooks for its courses, available to students for free.

At first, LUDP concentrated on publishing materials for required undergraduate courses. Starting there allowed LUDP to impact the greatest number of students right away.

The program’s success led Lynn to expand it quickly.

  • By fall 2014, all undergrads and new grad students on campus received iPad minis.
  • In 2015, online students transitioned to the iPad program.
  • In 2016, Lynn upgraded everyone to iPad Pros with Apple Pencils and Smart Keyboards.

Meanwhile, once LUDP finished its first phase, it began adding publications for courses with high enrollment and multiple sections. By October 2017, 42 faculty members had authored 60 iBooks.

Currently, LUDP is working on developing a peer-review process with an external editorial board. LUDP anticipates that the peer-review process will continue to evolve and be fine-tuned over the next few years.

In the future, LUDP may publish works from authors outside of Lynn University.

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imls180.for.panel.jpgMany of these resources and programs are funded under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Florida's LSTA program is administered by the Department of State's Division of Library and Information Services.