Tablets at WSU

WSU Digital Life and Learning introduces mobile tablet devices to our powerful set of learning, communication, and social technology tools.

In Fall 2013 all new Winona State students – and students due for their 2-year laptop exchange – will receive a tablet AND a new laptop (Mac or PC).

The mobile tablet device plus laptop will be provided with no increase in current technology costs. We’re the first public university in the Midwest to offer a tablet and a laptop to all of its students.

Students who already have a laptop will receive both a tablet and new laptop when they’re due for their 2-year technology exchange. This means that all full-time, Winona campus students will have both tablets and laptops by Fall 2014. WSU-Rochester students have the opportunity but are not required to participate in the program.

Not part of the initial rollout? Digital Life and Learning will have tablets available for checkout and for all students taking classes where they’re used.


What’s Included?

  • New students – iPad mini + laptop (Mac or PC)
  • Current students during regular rotation – iPad mini or Android-based tablet + laptop (Mac or PC)
  • Technical support – walk-in, telephone, WSU Knowledge Base Wiki 
  • Use of WSU licensed software
  • Senior tablet and laptop purchase (2013 and 2014 seniors may purchase laptop only)
  • No increase in technology costs for students


Tablet Benefits

  • Promotes collaboration, data sharing
  • Sparks hands-on interaction, exploration, discovery
  • Provides alternative to traditional print textbooks – eBooks
  • Enhances media consumption – video, audio, artwork, print, digital
  • Runs thousands of current apps
  • Adapts to different learning styles and lifestyles
  • Compact, lightweight
  • Eco-friendly – less paper, long battery life  

Tablet Specifications

 Apple iPad Mini  16 GB  Samsung Galaxy Tab 2  7”
Student Refresh Date: Spring 2015
Employee Refresh Date: Spring 2016

  • A5 chipset
  • 16GB Storage
  • 7.9” display
  • Front and rear facing cameras
  • Wi-Fi
  • Dimensions LxW:  7.87x 5.3. inches
  • Weight:  11.04 ounces

Student Refresh Date: Spring 2015
Employee Refresh Date: Spring 2016

  • 1 GHZ Dual-Core Processor
  • 8GB base storage plus 8GB MicroSD storage
  • 7” display
  • Front and rear facing cameras
  • Wi-Fi
  • Dimensions LxW:  9x 5.5 inches
  • Weight:  12.2 ounces 

Contact/Support Information

Winona Main Campus - Walk-In Support
Somsen Hall 207
Monday - Thursday: 7:30 am - 8:00 pm
Friday: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
Sunday: 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Winona West Campus - Walk-In Support
Lourdes Hall, G-46
Monday - Thursday: 1:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday: Noon - 4:00 pm
Sunday: 2:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Rochester Campus
Monday - Thursday: 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Summer Hours
Somsen Hall 207
Monday - Friday: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
Lourdes Hall, G-46
Closed for the summer
Rochester Campus
Monday - Friday: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm