Could iPads replace all textbooks and course packets in the future? According to those involved in early trials of the tablets, we’re not there yet.

The W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University completed trials last fall, assigning tablets to students for use in a few MBA classes.

The W. P. Carey School’s dean, Robert Mittelstaedt, sums up the findings of this unscientific experiment by saying that iPads are great for reading, but still lack a lot of the functionality needed for education.

Tami Coronella, director of student services for the W. P. Carey MBA, said if prices start coming down, and access to textbooks online is offered without expiration, then iPads might make sense as replacements for other course materials somewhere down the line.

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