Fresno State to launch DISCOVERe tablet program as classes begin

tablet-fresnoDozens of Fresno State classes have introduced a new interactive tablet curriculum that began Aug. 21 when fall semester classes began. The first 1,200 students have enrolled in the university’s DISCOVERe program and 33 faculty members will teach a variety of courses incorporating tablet technology.

Fresno State had been preparing to launch the DISCOVERe program since President Joseph I. Castro arrived on the campus a year ago, and on Thursday, Castro officially launched the program with a scissor-free, virtual ribbon cutting at the new DISCOVERe Hub, a technology help desk similar to Apple’s Genius Bar, located on the first floor of Fresno State’s Henry Madden Library.

Students and the general public can visit the DISCOVERe Hub for training on how to use their tablets and workshops on apps that can help make tablets more effective in the classroom. Trained student DISCOVERe guides also will provide help with laptops, smart phones and other technology.

“This marks the beginning of a journey that is bold, innovative and laser-focused on student success,” Castro said. “As more courses get redesigned to incorporate technology, our goal is to build a sustainable program that keeps the cost of attending Fresno State affordable while increasing graduation rates.”

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