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Deployment Jan 5th - Feb 5th, 2016


Fresno State's DISCOVERe tablet program will grow to approximately 150 course sections with 62 faculty members for the Spring 2016 semester that will be offered as tablet only courses. These tablet courses have been designed to offer students an -enhanced learning experience. The tablet will offer students portability, convenience, and teaching materials anywhere anytime. When registering for classes, these courses will be denoted as "tablet required."

"Dr. Castro has graciously announced a $300 grant available for spring 2016 DISCOVERe students who have not previously used tablet grant funds. Students must purchase the device at the Kennel Bookstore to receive the grant. As in previous semesters, students are responsible for paying the remainder beyond what the grant provides. There are currently no grants planned for fall 2016 DISCOVERe courses. However, the President has asked the Provost and Chief Information Officer to recommend a plan for long-term financial sustainability for the future of DISCOVERe."
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"Tablets are a teaching and learning tool that Fresno State will embrace to meet the needs of today's tech-savvy students-those already enrolled and future students from throughout the Valley and state who already are using tablets in K-12 schools." - Joseph I. Castro, President, California State University, Fresno

Required Device

Students enrolled in a DISCOVERe tablet course must have an iPad, Windows or Android tablet that meets the required minimum specifications.

Minimum System requirements for Fresno State DISCOVERe Tablet Program:

  • iOS 7.0+ or newer (iPad 2+ and iPad Mini)
  • Android 4.2+ or better
  • Windows 8.1+ (excluding RT)
  • Front and Rear Facing Web Camera
  • Minimum of 7.9" Screen
  • Minimum 16GB capacity
  • 802.11n Wireless
  • (Must be able to add a mechanical keyboard, headphones)

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Frequently Asked Questions

When using the Class Search:

  1. Locate the Class Type and look for Tablet Course.
  2. Select Detail and look for DISCOVERe Tablet Course- A tablet will be required.
  3. A Pop-Up screen will appear with specific information about the tablet program and an acknowledgement check box.

Yes. Students can use a personally-owned tablet as long as it meets the minimum tablet specifications.
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If you are enrolled in a DISCOVERe tablet course for the spring 2016 semester, you automatically qualify for the $300 grant monies unless you purchased a tablet from the Kennel Bookstore from a previous semester or summer abroad program and used the grant monies. There is no application process to receive this grant, but you must be enrolled in a DISCOVERe tablet course at time of deployment of the tablet devices and stay enrolled for the entire semester. Students will be able to select from five (5) pre-approved tablet device. The grant monies can only be used at the Kennel Bookstore and applied to the cost of the tablet, extended warranty, ewaste fees, and the optional one semester data plan.

Yes, tablet purchases are eligible for financial aid coverage under Textbook and Supplies.

Students who purchased their tablet through the Kennel Bookstore are eligible for a one-time DISCOVERe grant of $300 that can be used towards the purchase of the tablet, data plan, ewaste, and extended warranty. The bookstore is an authorized Apple Campus Store here to serve the needs of students, faculty, and staff. Apple computers and iPads are available at educational pricing. Revenue generated from the bookstore stays on campus and is reinvested back into facilities and services for our students.

Yes, if you are enrolled in a DISCOVERe tablet course for the spring 2016 semester and you are a Freshman, Sophomore or Junior and have a remaining balance of over $250, you will be able to select a payment plan for a term of two (2) semesters. Balances under $250 must be paid at time of purchase. Seniors and Graduate students with at least two (2) semesters remaining to graduate may also select a two (2) semester payment plan. Non-degree seeking students are not eligible. Students must be enrolled as a regular student in an eligible program at Fresno State. A Fresno State I.D. and credit card* are required to participate in the payment plan. In addition, a Tablet Device Agreement will need to be completed at the time of purchase. If you are under 18 years of age, a parent or legal guardian must also sign this agreement. University Accounting will add the semester fee to your student account. This fee may be covered by financial aid (textbooks and supplies).

* For students that do not have a credit card, the Kennel Bookstore will accept a parent or legal guardian's credit card. The Fresno State "High One" Card cannot be used, if you have any questions or need assistance regarding this credit security requirement, please contact the Kennel Bookstore directly at 559-279-4062 or

The two-year extended warranty is included in the bundled purchase price and is not optional. The one semester data plan is optional and cost $200 which includes a MiFi device.

  • iPad Air 32GB
  • iPad Air 2 64GB
  • iPad Pro 32GB
  • Microsoft Surface 3
  • Samsung Galaxy TAB A

Tablet devices will be available starting on Tuesday, January 5, 2016. We strongly suggest that you make a reservation to reserve your tablet using our reservation link. Tablet deployment will run from Tuesday, January 5th - Friday, February 5th.

If you disenroll from the tablet course the net amount of the $300 grant (depending upon the value of the unused data plan) will be due immediately and such amount will be added to your student account in addition to your semester installment payment. If you disenroll from the University, you are responsible for the entire balance due including the $300 grant consistent with the terms and conditions of the Tablet Device Agreement.

Tablets purchased using the DISCOVERe Grant through the Kennel Bookstore are non-returnable/refundable.

Payment amounts will depend on the tablet device you choose. The bookstore staff can help you estimate payments prior to making a final purchase decision. However the estimated semester cost will be affordable depending upon the tablet device selected.

No. The University will add the semester installment amount to your student account. There will be established payment due dates for each semester.

Yes. Fresno State's DISCOVERe tablet program will support platforms for Apple, Android, and Windows devices. Refer to Minimum Tablet Specifications.

If you purchased one of the five (5) approved tablets with MiFi option from the Kennel Bookstore, a one semester data plan is included with your purchase. There is an additional $200 charge for the data plan and MiFi device. If you purchase the Wi-Fi tablet alone then you would need an internet connection at home.

Not all classes will have eTextbooks. The Kennel Bookstore will have eTextbooks available if the instructor has requested and the publisher can provide an eTextbook option.

The apps you will be asked to purchase are, in some cases, considered textbook replacements and will vary in price. The apps selected for classroom use will vary upon the academic department and the instructor.

Yes, you can purchase the tablet device of your choice from the Kennel Bookstore even if you are not enrolled in a DISCOVERe tablet class. Prices vary depending on tablet features and manufacturer. Unfortunately, there is not a payment plan offered for these purchases.

If you purchased your tablet through the Kennel Bookstore using the one time DISCOVERe grant, then an extended warranty plan is included. Contact the Kennel Bookstore Tech Center or warranty plan for assistance.

At the current time, there are no options on campus to rent or lease a tablet device.

MiFi is a portable broadband device that allows multiple end users and mobile devices to share a 3G or 4G mobile broadband internet connection. It acts as a mobile hotspot and is able to connect up to 15 nearby WiFi enabled devices to the internet.

Yes, this is recommended to avoid wait times.