LaunchPad Initiative

LaunchPad Initiative

Gather. Lift. Launch.

These three words are the driving force behind everything we do at Southern Virginia University. Our mission is to gather Latter-day Saints and like-minded students, lift them in intellect, character, and spirituality, and launch them into successful lives and careers.

We constantly strive to equip our students with the tools they need for academic and career success. That’s why we place an Apple iPad Pro, Smart Keyboard, and Apple Pencil in the hands of every student and every faculty member at Southern Virginia University.

Prepare to launch.

The Initiative

The University supplies every student, faculty and senior staff professional with a new state-of-the-art 10.5” iPad Pro—the highest performance tablet ever made. Each iPad Pro has an advanced auto-docking Smart Keyboard cover and a digital Apple Pencil for highly precise writing and drawing.

These devices are owned by the University and made available to students for academic or personal use. Every full-time student who graduates from Southern Virginia will own their devices once they complete their degree.

Additionally, each of our classrooms is equipped with a 55”, 65” or 75” high-definition monitor and self-contained Apple TV system for live interactive teaching and learning. We’ve also made major upgrades to the WiFi network across campus for faster and more reliable Internet.

The Impact

Our educational model has never been top-down. Teaching and learning take place through collaboration, discussion, and participation, with both faculty and students favoring a “guide-on-the-side” more than the traditional “sage-on-the-stage” approach. Adding iPad Pros and other technology to the classroom complements and enhances our student-centered approach to teaching and learning.

Since its implementation in 2017, the LaunchPad Initiative has enhanced the classroom experience and improved student learning outcomes, all while driving down the cost of expensive textbooks. Several faculty members have even introduced new, content-rich, interactive class materials such as self-published Smartbooks.

The LaunchPad Initiative is the backbone of a standardized technological ecosystem that gives our students equal access to state-of-the-art technology, facilitates collaboration with their professors and professional staff, and prepares them to launch into successful lives and careers.

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