Use of Digital Devices During Practicum

All teacher candidates and Clinical Educators in practicum will use digital devices (phones, phablets, tablets, etc.) for instruction, self-directed learning, professional development and personal productivity. Candidates are encouraged to make use of their personal digital devices, but will be responsible for downloading any required applications needed to complete practicum coursework. A limited number of iPads are available for candidates to borrow during their P1 and P2 experiences.

UMSL devices are owned, maintained and distributed by the Office of Clinical Experience. Below are the responsibilities of both the college and students who choose to borrow a digital device from the Office of Clinical Experience during practicum: 

College Responsibilities

  • UMSL College of Education will try to provide university-owned devices for required practicum coursework, for candidates who need them.
  • Many useful educational apps will already be downloaded on iPads borrowed from the College of Education (Please note: you will be required to enter credit card information for an Apple ID if you borrow a device). Most educational software is free, but some may have a small charge associated with its use).
  • UMSL does not 'police' the activities of students. Tracking will only be used in the event of reported loss or theft.
  • To protect the student's privacy, upon the return of the device to UMSL College of Education, all student personal information will be deleted and no backups will be made. The student is encouraged to delete personal information before returning device as a best-practice measure against information theft.
  • UMSL College of Education will pursue the recovery of university-owned devices (see the In Case of Damage, Loss or Theft section of this page).

Student Responsibilities

  • The student agrees to keep the device and associated assets in his/her custody and agrees not to loan, or otherwise provide these assets to any other person.
  • The student agrees to check in device upon completion of practicum.
  • The student agrees to return device if he/she does remain continuously enrolled in UMSL College of Education's practicum program.
  • The student is responsible for setting up a lock-screen passcode and Find my iPad with their Apple ID.
  • If the device is lost, the student is responsible for using Find My iPad to locate it.
  • If stolen, the student needs to report theft to local police and the College of Education within two days. A copy of the police report must be delivered to the TLC to avoid financial responsibility.
  • The student will not attempt to uninstall or undermine the mobile device management app VMware AirWatch. If the device is lost or stolen after AirWatch has been uninstalled, the cost of replacing the device falls on the student.

In Case of Damage, Loss or Theft

UMSL College of Education has gone to great lengths to make this technology accessible to our practicum students while minimizing their exposure should something go wrong either through accidental damage, loss or theft. There are few cases in which a student will be financially responsible for these contingencies:

  •  Theft/Loss/Damage in violation of any of the following Student Responsibilities:
    • Theft (or unexplained loss) without a timely police report (within 2 days of discovery of loss)
    • Student not setting a lock-screen passcode
    • Student not setting up Find My iPad with student's Apple ID
    • Device being out of the custody or the supervision of the assigned student

UMSL-owned devices will be distributed at the initial Grand Seminar for candidates who need them (check the 'Important Dates' section of the website for seminar dates). Please contact The Office of Clinical Experience or the TLC with any troubleshooting issues with your borrowed device.

Restoring Device to Factory Defaults:

Before returning your device it is a good idea, for your own privacy, to restore the iPad to factory defaults.                                                                                                       Here's how: 

How To Restore iPad