UC nursing students to learn with iPad mini

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Nursing students at the University of Cincinnati (UC) will be required to learn with a new technology this fall: Apple iPad mini.

Sophomores at UC's College of Nursing will be the first class to exclusively use an iPad rather than textbooks.

"Our integration of iPad represents a shift—a real opportunity to not just impact education, but to transform the way we learn, interact and collaborate," says Chris Edwards, assistant dean for information technology and communications, and director of the Center for Academic Technology and Education Resources (CATER) at the College of Nursing. Earlier this year, Edwards was named an Apple Distinguished Educator by Apple.

Edwards says the iPad changes the way content is taught to students. For example, students can download apps that let them view an animated heart beating in 3-D and diagnose standardized patients via video.

In addition, they will have the option to take and share notes directly in electronic textbooks, increasing collaboration among students.

The College of Nursing began their iPad initiative in 2011 when UC's nursing educators were taught the skills needed to deliver nursing content to an already tech-savvy student body, such as a four-day training course on how to use the iPad, Apple TV and apps.

UC nursing students can expect the cost of the iPad mini with AppleCare+ to be $530. The students purchase and own the device, which replaces all hard-bound textbooks normally required.

Student fees that previously covered printing costs will be re-allocated to provide nursing-specific software and apps. College of Nursing staff says financial assistance is available based on need.

Fall semester classes at UC begin Monday, August 26. The iPad initiative will eventually encompass use of iPad technology throughout all class levels at the College of Nursing.

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