Mobile Dawg Tablet Initiative


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Mobile Dawg Tablet Initiative

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Innovation. Technology. All of the tools our students need to succeed. That’s what SIU Carbondale offers. We call it Mobile Dawg.

We have some exciting news to share with you!

SIU Carbondale is one of the first, Tier One, public research institutions to launch a campus-wide digital initiative to enhance your learning experience. SIU Carbondale provides every incoming freshman with a new, Dell Venue 11 Pro tablet and snap-on, soft keyboard at no additional cost to you. The tablet is yours, as long as you are enrolled at SIU Carbondale—and when you graduate—the tablet goes with you.

This tablet is not a simple “book reader.” The Dell Venue 11 is a full-blown computer that comes loaded with Microsoft Office Pro; all of the tools you need, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, and OneNote are installed on the tablet and ready for use. The tablet also provides you with wireless connectivity and videoconferencing, around campus or around the world. And…freshman core curriculum, available in eBook form is accessible though the web with your tablet, and included in the cost of the course tuition. Again, there is no additional cost to you.

Many professors incorporate the tablet and the shared technology that it makes available right in the classroom to give you a state-of-the-art learning experience. The tablet enhances communication and interaction with faculty and peers inside the classroom and around campus.

The tablet also provides you with access to all of your favorite digital resources – Skype, YouTube, and Facebook, on the go, all over campus, and because it is your tablet, you can add anything you want to it.

As a new Saluki, the Mobile Dawg app itself will become another favorite and valuable resource. This app connects you with campus information like your class schedule, faculty and student contact information, the university health portal, dining hall information, campus safety, and what’s going on around campus. The Mobile Dawg app also includes amazingly useful tools like the laundry app that lets you know when washers and dryers are available, and the Saluki Express app that shows you bus routes and where the bus is right now. The Campus View app, developed by an SIUC student, allows freshmen to navigate around campus: hold the tablet up in any direction and Campus View identifies all buildings ahead of you.

The tablets are lightweight; imagine carrying a slim device that weighs just a few ounces in your backpack versus forty pounds of textbooks. The tablet is so convenient that you can take it anywhere and have ready access to all of your favorite digital resources, no matter where you are.

Like the BIG screen experience? You can dock your tablet, and add a full-size keyboard and a wireless mouse to enjoy a desktop experience in your room. Need to print something? The SIU Carbondale campus has printers located all over campus for you to send, receive, and print documents from your tablet.

Another amazing benefit of our Mobile Dawg Tablet Initiative is that we want you to use it. You will receive your tablet and training during the first week of classes. Then, help is available by phone at SalukiTech or in person at Morris Library. SalukiTech has certified Dell Technicians who will repair or replace your broken tablet, again, at no cost to you.

Our Mobile Dawg Tablet Initiative is just one of many exciting initiatives at SIU Carbondale; it will revolutionize every aspect of your campus experience. We hope you join us at SIU Carbondale and take advantage of this innovative technology.

Freshman application deadlines

Apply by December 1 to
enroll Spring ‘15

Apply by May 1 to
enroll Summer and Fall ‘15