iPads at NAU

Available To: Faculty, Staff, Students


Apple iPads within the NAU Environment

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The Apple iPad is a portable device that is having a dramatic impact on computing at NAU. This page summarizes some of the issues and opportunities for NAU community members considering the use of an iPad on campus.

Comparing an iPad to a Laptop

The iPad is not a laptop and currently cannot replace a laptop for enterprise work for Faculty and Staff in the NAU environment.

Function iPad NAU Laptop 
Portable YesYes
Browse the WebYesYes
NAU Enterprise Web Apps*NoYes
Microsoft OfficeNo**Yes
Email/ Contacts/ Calendar YesYes
Angry Birds YesNo
Adobe Creative SuiteNoYes
Access NAU File SharesNoYes

*NAU Enterprise web apps include Business Objects Reporting, Peoplesoft (Louie), The ITS ServiceNow system, Blackboard Learn, and others. These may function or function partially in the iPad web browser, but are not certified to run in the iPad browser.  Therefore, they are not supported there by ITS.

**Microsoft Office has recently become available for iPad but doesn't currently support connecting to NAU enterprise file shares for secure document access. We recommend it only for viewing Office documents at this time.

There may be iPad apps in the app store that turn some of the no's in the table above into yeses, or at least yeses with asterisks. ITS does not recommend or support specific apps in the iPad App Store.

ITS Currently Provides Support for the Following Services on iPads:



ITS is also pleased to provide an NAU-specific mobile application for iPhone/iPad. This NAU Mobile app gives access to the Blackboard Learn application as well as campus maps, bus routes, dining options, access to the campus directory, athletics information, and many other NAU resources. iPad users can download the NAU application for free from the iTunes App Store. Search the app store for "NAU Mobile".

iPad App Store Purchasing
Applications on Apple iOS devices like the iPad are licensed to the individual who purchases them through the Apple App Store. Apple does not currently provide a practical mechanism for NAU to purchase apps on your behalf. If you wish to buy an app that will be used strictly for university business, speak to your supervisor and department business manager before you buy the app to see if they can reimburse you for the purchase.
Purchasing an iPad for NAU Work
If you believe an iPad would be a useful tool for your work at NAU, you can purchase one through the Online Apple Store for Education, or from the NAU Bookstore.
To Use This Service, You Will Need:

Apple iOS devices including the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad are often purchased with personal funds. Personally owned devices being used by Faculty and Staff cannot be supported by ITS because policies prohibit use of state resources to support private equipment, and Arizona Board of Regents guidelines that prohibit university services from competing with private businesses.

If your iPad was purchased with NAU funds, please call property services to have it tagged with an NAU Property Control Number (PCN).

Support Information

The ITS Solution Center and Desktop Support are happy to help Faculty and Staff using institutionally owned iPads (with an NAU PCN tag) having issues related to supported services. Please call 928-523-1511 for assistance.

Students can get assistance with personally owned devices such as iPads at the Student Technology Center. Students should call 928-523-9295 for assistance.