June 23, 2011 | Suzanne Shaffer | Leave a comment Kaplan University has established themselves as a leader in higher education innovation, serving more than 90,000 students online. Geared toward adult students, Kaplan strives to help them unlock their potential by helping them to prepare for careers by getting a student-centered practical online education. KU Campus Last week, Kaplan University announced the launch of KU Campus, an application developed exclusively for the iPad. This application allows students to use the device to access their online classroom. This app is the first of its kind in private-sector education and is available as a free download from the iTunes store. According to Kaplan’s press release, the key features of the iPad app are as follows: Classes: Students can attend classes, access archived seminars, review course content and course structure. Course Information: The syllabus, course materials, unit information and links, and activities are available. Discussion Boards: Students can join the conversation on the discussion boards and participate in an interactive dialogue with professors and classmates as part of the learning experience. Grades and Credits: Students can view assignment and final grades, and credits earned for each course, as well as cumulative credits and GPA. Financial Aid Information: Students can view charges, payments and balances by term as well as a summary of financial aid or scholarship information. Alerts: Students can access notifications, alerts, and appointments in the message center. Connect with Classmates: Students can find links to Kaplan University’s social networks on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to connect with other students and alumni. Kaplan sees flexibility as the key to their student population, most of whom have jobs and are responsible for care for their families. Fifty five percent of their students are over 30 and 88% take courses online. Gregory Marino, president of Kaplan University Group, when speaking of their new iPad app: “This application is a milestone in Kaplan University’s commitment to delivering high-quality educational options to students who value the flexibility of an online format. Our mission is to help our students succeed in every way possible. By offering technological innovation and continuous accessibility, we can accomplish this in ways yet to be achieved by others in the sector.” Free Ebooks This isn’t the first time that Kaplan has recognized the need to be a leader in information technology. In January of this year, Kaplan announced that they were allowing FREE download of over 130 Ebooks to either the iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, Nook, Sony eReader and Kindle for a limited time. The titles included college prep books, test prep books, books related to graduate studies, legal studies, medicine and nursing. About Kaplan University Kaplan University has more than 200 academic programs and offerings, and serves more than 61,000 online and campus-based students. The University has 11 campuses in Iowa, Nebraska, Maryland and Maine, and Kaplan University Learning Centers in Wisconsin, Indiana, Missouri and Florida. Kaplan University is part of Kaplan Higher Education, which serves more than 92,000 students online and through more than 70 campus-based schools across the United States and abroad. Kaplan Higher Education schools offer a spectrum of academic opportunities, from certificates and diplomas to graduate and professional degrees, including a juris doctor degree. Kaplan Higher Education is part of Kaplan, Inc., a leading international provider of educational and career services for individuals, schools and businesses. Kaplan, Inc. is a subsidiary of The Washington Post Company (NYSE: WPO), and its largest division. For more information about Kaplan University, you can check them out on our site.