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iFisher Faculty Resources

The iFisher initiative is broader than just providing iPads to each of our students; it aims to transform the living and learning environments on our campus.

In conjunction with the deployment of iPads, Fisher continues to invest in the future of our physical learning spaces to support more active, flexible, and student-driven learning activities. The primary focus is the revitalization of our classroom spaces, while informal living and learning environments are also part of this work as the project continues.

iFisher and the Strategic Plan

Faculty work in small groups using iPads.

The iFisher initiative will support several aspects of the Strategic Plan: 

  • Enhance our distinctive general education program to prepare our students for 21st-century success
  • Revitalize our liberal arts mission, linking it to the 21st-century context and emerging social needs
  • Extend thought leadership through innovative teaching and learning models
  • Further develop efforts to support community leadership in sustainability, infuse sustainability into the curriculum, and implement sustainable practices
  • Cultivate an environment that supports inclusiveness and accessibility
  • Support professional development of faculty and staff

Training Opportunities

The DePeters Family Center for Innovation and Teaching Excellence offers formal and informal professional development training and workshop sessions. 

Faculty Devices

Faculty and staff with teaching responsibilities are eligible to receive an iPad, keyboard case, and Apple Pencil as part of the iFisher initiative. Deployment of the iPad kit is dependent on an agreement to complete the Fisher Apple Academy training experience. Faculty and staff iPad kits are the same configuration as student models and will be upgraded on a routine basis so that faculty and staff are using the same caliber technology as their students.

Part-time faculty are eligible to receive an iPad loaner bundle for any semester you are teaching at the College. If you are not teaching in a given semester, we ask that you return the bundle to the OIT Service Desk. All faculty, including part-time faculty, must agree to complete the Fisher Apple Academy before being loaned an iPad bundle.

The DePeters Family Center for Innovation & Teaching Excellence provides support to faculty looking to use the iPad to transform their course experience. The first step is to complete Fisher Apple Academy 1.0, but even beyond that, there are a number of additional opportunities to expand your iPad skills and their use within your courses. We also offer Fisher Apple Academy 2.0, which expands upon the skills learned in 1.0. Please reach out to cite@sjfc.edu to start the conversation.

Classroom Technology

There are Apple TVs in all learning spaces on campus, so you can use your iPad to project to class in any classroom.

iPads distributed to faculty, staff, and students all come with a suite of apps consistently used at Fisher. Most of these apps are available for free. Fisher provides one app for all of our devices, Notability. This app is a great tool for so many purposes, from note-taking, presenting, whiteboard drawing, voice commenting, and more. If you have identified another app you would like to require your students to use in a given course, you may do so. If it is free, just ask all students to download it on their own iPad at the start of the semester. If it is not free, you can make it part of the required course materials for students to purchase, or you can work with your department to purchase enough licenses for your students to use. Please contact the OIT Service Desk for support with purchases and distributing apps via departmental purchase.


Frequently Asked Questions

Will all students have an iPad?

Will all students have an iPad?

All on-campus undergraduate students and Pharmacy P1 and P2 students are eligible to receive an iPad.

Can I use my iPad to teach in any classroom?

Can I use my iPad to teach in any classroom?

Yes, Apple TVs have been installed in all learning spaces on campus, so you can use your iPad to project in any classroom.

Are part-time faculty eligible to receive an iPad?

Are part-time faculty eligible to receive an iPad?

Yes, part-time faculty are eligible to receive an iPad loaner bundle for any semester they are teaching at the College. Part-time faculty not teaching in a given semester are asked to return the bundle to the OIT Service Desk. All faculty, including part-time faculty, must agree to complete the Fisher Apple Academy 1.0 before being loaned an iPad bundle.

Are staff eligible to receive an iPad?

Are staff eligible to receive an iPad?

At this time, the deployment of iPads as part of the iFisher initiative is focused on classroom learning. Therefore, only staff members with teaching responsibilities are eligible for an iPad through this initiative.

How will students be oriented to their devices and the connected software?

How will students be oriented to their devices and the connected software?

Support for student success with the devices will take a multi-layered approach. Students will be oriented to the basics of the device when it is deployed to them. First-year students will also receive a basic orientation to iPads as part of Great Beginnings. Support for use of the devices will be integrated into the Freshman Seminar curriculum for continued and scaffolded skill development.

Where do I go for help?

Where do I go for help?

The DePeters Family Center for Innovation & Teaching Excellence provides support to faculty looking to use the iPad to transform their course experience. The first step is to complete the Fisher Apple Academy. There are additional opportunities to expand your skills and utilize the iPads within your courses. Please reach out to cite@sjfc.edu to start the conversation.