iNortheast Mobile Technology Initiative

iNortheast Mobile Technology Initiative

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Northeast State Community College is committed to enhancing the student’s educational experience, which includes transforming the learning, technological, and social environments, as representative of our core value of responsiveness. To best-prepare students to meet current and emerging needs of the 21st century global living and work places, the College implemented the iNortheast Mobile Technology Initiative in 2015 to facilitate teaching, learning, service, and student success through the use of mobile devices.

A careful review of current and anticipated stakeholders’ expectations specific to students’ preparation to meet higher education and/or workplace skills requirements, revealed an opportunity to broaden the scope beyond a single-source device and provide students the option to bring their own device. Consequently, students enrolling in credit courses at Northeast State beginning Fall 2017 are recommended to have access to a personal device meeting the following minimum capabilities:

Device Requirements

Academic departments will determine utilization in the classroom and may require additional capabilities. Any additional program- and/or division-specific requirements will be outlined on course syllabi as well as available through the academic division office.

  • The device must have Wi-Fi capabilities.
  • The device must be able to access the NeSCC network including all web sites and MyNortheast for registration, library services, etc.
  • The device must be able to access the current Learning Management System (LMS), D2L-BrightSpace, in which students may access their course work, upload and download from the LMS, and send and receive emails within the LMS.
  • The device must be able to access and operate the Chrome browser in order to access web-based eTextbooks, videos, apps, and other digital content.
  • The device must be able to operate a word processing program.
  • The device must have a camera.
  • The device must have audio and earphone features and capabilities.
  • The device must be able to perform such functions as displaying eTextbooks, sending and receiving emails outside of the LMS, composing/writing papers, etc.

    Financial Aid

    Students who have completed all student financial aid requirements may be due student aid that exceeds their Northeast State tuition and fees. If a student has available excess student aid, then the student may use this aid on any educational expense. This includes, but is not limited to, books, class supplies, and electronic equipment that aids with class activities.

    Students who have excess student aid on their account will be able to utilize this aid in two ways:

    1. Students will have access to use their aid at the Northeast State Bookstore roughly 5 days prior to the start of class. This aid will be available to use at the bookstore until the start of the second week of class. Exact dates will be listed prior to the start of each semester with the Northeast State Bookstore.
    2. During the second week of class, the Business Office will release any remaining excess student aid to students by way of a mailed check or direct deposit. The Business Office can release student aid if all classes have reported the student as attending.  

    Student aid will be awarded based on a complete record with the office of Financial Aid. Additionally, students must be marked as attending their courses to retain their student aid. Excess student aid can be used at any vendor once a student receives their excess aid check or direct deposit. Excess student aid should be used for educational expenses.

    iOPTiN eTextbooks Faculty Resources Northeast State Bookstore Utilizing Your Mobile Device

    FAQs

    Northeast State Community College is committed to enhancing the student’s educational experience, which includes transforming the learning, technological, and social environments. To best-prepare students to meet current and emerging needs of the 21st century global living and work places, the College implemented the iNortheast Mobile Technology Initiative in 2015 to facilitate teaching, learning, service, and student success through the use of mobile devices.

    Students enrolling in credit courses at Northeast State beginning Fall 2017 are recommended to have access to a personal device meeting minimum capabilities as listed above in the Device Requirements section. [Northeast State Policy 01:13:00]

    The individual use of these devices is a way to empower students to engage in the learning process and maximize their full potential and to create a connection between their curricular and co-curricular activities. The devices provide access to eTextbooks, online resources, campus information and network services, digital reference materials, free digital books, collaboration and productivity tools, and discipline-specific apps.


    Yes. The Northeast State Bookstore, located on the Blountville campus, has been revamped. Students will have access to electronic textbooks (eTextbooks) on the first day of a class term through the Desire 2 Learn (D2L) management system. Students who have completed all student financial aid requirements may be due student aid that exceeds their Northeast State tuition and fees. If a student has available excess student aid, then the student may use this aid on any educational expense. This includes, but is not limited to, books, class supplies, and electronic equipment that aids with class activities. Please see the Financial Aid section above for more information. Continue to monitor the iOPTiN web page for deadlines and updates at www.NortheastState.edu/iOPTiN


    The Northeast State Bookstore, operated by Follett and located on the Blountville campus, sells mobile devices. Visit the Bookstore or go to their web site for a list of available devices.

    The Tennessee Annual Sales Tax Holiday begins the last Friday in July each year at 12:01 a.m. and ends at 11:59 p.m. the following Sunday. During the tax free weekend, computers under $1,500 may be purchased without having to pay sales tax. This includes laptops as well as tablets (iPad and Android tablets). The tax exemption not only applies to items purchased within stores, but also items purchased over the phone, internet, or mail in which the retailer accepts the order during the tax free holiday. 


    Personal devices meeting minimum capabilities are recommended. Please see the section on Device Requirements above.


    If a student has available excess student aid, then the student may use this aid on any educational expense. This includes, but is not limited to, books, class supplies, and electronic equipment that aids with class activities. Please see the section on Financial Aid above for more information on Bookstore purchases using excess student aid.


    Office 365 is compatible with a variety of mobile devices. Supported devices include Windows Phone, iPhone and iPad, Android Phone, Nokia (Symbian OS), and BlackBerry devices. For a list of functionality for each device, please visit Microsoft's official site here. An Office 365 subscription is required to use the applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.). Actively enrolled Northeast State students are eligible for a free Office 365 subscription. The free subscription can be set up at https://products.office.com/en-us/student?ms.officeurl=getoffice365. Students must use their Northeast State student email address (username@stumail.NortheastState.edu) to set up the free subscription.


    Please ask your instructor and/or refer to the course syllabus for information pertaining to apps required for your course.


    Visit one of the IT Service Centers listed below:

    • Blountville Campus - Pierce Building, Room P216
    • Kingsport - Kingsport Center for Higher Education, Room KC305 
    • Johnson City - Room JC1097

    Call 423.354.5103 or 423.354.2409 to speak to a technician.


    • 01:13:00 - iNortheast Mobile Technology Initiative
    • 02:16:00 - Student Technology & eTextbooks
    • 02:17:00 - iNortheast Faculty & Teaching Staff Use Policy

    Revised online 07/20/17


    For additional information on iNortheast initiatives, contact inortheast@NortheastState.edu. For information on eTextbook and mobile device purchases, contact bookstore@NortheastState.edu.