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iPad iPad

As we move toward a greater focus on mobile learning and technology, all freshmen will receive an iPad. Not only will the iPad play a role in preparing students for employment, we expect it to enhance instruction and improve student-learning outcomes. As part of iKnow 2.0, the iPad will allow students to continue the journey of effective, relevant, and transparent use of technology in learning while at Freed-Hardeman University.

The design and ease of use of the iPad is quickly making this interactive device a significant, yet affordable component to our students' higher educational experiences. Educational applications and access to the Internet including podcasts, online books and references, and other educational materials make the iPad the perfect study companion.

One of the most exciting opportunities the iPad offers is access to interactive digital textbooks. Not only does this save money that is normally spent on traditional textbooks, it provides a more participatory learning environment.

iKnow 2.0

The next step in Freed-Hardeman University's iKnow Initiative.

At Freed-Hardeman University you can expect to go to the next level – to be challenged to think in new ways, to learn new things from different perspectives and to take your creativity and productivity to new levels.


iKnow 2.0 is FHU’s next step toward creating collaborative learning environments that are permeated with technology and based upon sound pedagogical principles. It is a culmination of successes of the original iKnow initiative and ideas and suggestions obtained from faculty and other stakeholders.


Launched in the fall of 2008, the iKnow Initiative blends mobile technology with student learning and campus life. Incoming freshmen received a MacBook and a choice of iPhone or iPod Touch. Faculty continue to gain access to pedagogical technologies not previously available, thereby allowing them to become innovative in ways not possible or feasible before the iKnow Initiative began.


Innovations in mobile technology and a renewed emphasis on student learning facilitated a critique of the current initiative and the development of iKnow 2.0. The updated initiative is a culmination of input from faculty focus groups and classroom pilots that demonstrated the benefits of integrating technology such as the iPad into the learning environment. iKnow 2.0 provides an Apple iPad to faculty and all incoming freshmen. Resources provided by iKnow 2.0 support academic endeavors such as the iLearn program. Despite its many enhancements, the objectives for iKnow 2.0 remain grounded in support of academics. iKnow 2.0 is an academic initiative that promises to make a lasting impact on faculty innovation and student learning at Freed-Hardeman University.


Program Details

Technology needs for the 2013-2014 academic year.

All freshmen will receive an iPad when they arrive on campus for the start of the 2013-2014 academic year. Building on the success of iKnow, all students will need to bring a MacBook with them to campus or plan to buy one at the FHU Bookstore. Apple products can be purchased at any time, often at a discount, from http://apple.com/edu/fhu. It may also be possible to use your financial aid to cover the cost of a MacBook. Please call the Office of Financial Aid to discuss details (toll free at 1-800-FHU-FHU1 ext. 6662 or directly at 731-989-6662).


For further answers to questions you may have, please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions page.


*MacBook Pro

More information about the role of the MacBook Pro and iKnow 2.0

The MacBook will continue to play an integral role in the iKnow 2.0 Initiative. However, the method for acquiring MacBooks has changed.


MacBooks will no longer be available for pick-up the first week of classes. Instead, students are asked to purchase their MacBook prior to the start of classes. Students may purchase their MacBook from any Apple retail outlet or they may purchase it from the FHU Apple Store which provides significant educational discounts for students.


This change will provide students a wider range of options for performance and price in regards to their MacBook purchase.


We have published a guide to help you determine which MacBook to purchase or if the MacBook you may already own meets the University's requirements:
FHU Minimum Academic Computing Requirements (On-Campus Students).


Students should contact their financial aid advisor if they have questions regarding the financing of their MacBook. The Office of Financial Aid can be reached by phone at 1-800-FHU-FHU1 ext. 6662 (toll free) or directly at 731-989-6662. You may also send an email to finaid@fhu.edu.