UC Irvine Med School find new way to increase cost of tuition

They gave out iPads to first year med students last week. From PhysOrg.com:

At an annual ceremony Aug. 6, UC Irvine’s incoming medical were presented with their first white coats - the traditional garb of physicians everywhere. They then received something untraditional: tablet computers loaded with everything necessary for the initial year of course work.

As part of its new iMedEd Initiative, the medical school has developed a comprehensive, iPad-based curriculum, reinventing how medicine is taught in the 21st century and becoming the first in the nation to offer entering students a completely digital, interactive learning environment.

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According to Dr. Warren Wiechmann, the school’s director of instructional technologies, the iMedEd Initiative calls for eliminating the usual lecturer-passive listener model and putting everything students need to succeed in class at their fingertips.

If you want to change the way your instructors teach then change the way your instructors teach. Handing the students a new gadget won't affect the \teaching model. The iPads won't have any more positive effect than the laptops which they are replacing.

And heck, they're not even going to replace the laptops. Med students have too much to record in too little of a time. They will need to type their notes, so they'll still need to carry around a laptop.

Oh, and unless they developed a new app for the iPad, anything that the student received with the iPad could just as easily have been downloaded to a laptop.

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