By Randy Schafer – Associate Editor
A minimum of 300 iPads will be available to GPC students who enroll in select classes for the fall 2011 semester. iPads are available from student technology fees through the iTeach pilot program for GPC. Beginning in the spring 2011 semester, 20 of 50 faculty members applying for the program were chosen to participate in a faculty learning community. The pilot began in the fall 2010 semester with the Dental Hygiene and Nursing departments.
Each department received 64GB iTouches for first year students and 64GB iPads for second year
students. The technology aids students with quick access to drug eferences, podcasts, apps, and electronic textbooks. “Having an electronic version is a little less expensive and they do not have to lug around their books,” said, Dental Hygiene Freshmen Clinic Coordinator Risa Nettles.
According to the iTeach GPC website, the program is “designed to explore the impact of mobile device technology on faculty perceptions and practices.” A second objective is to “develop strategies with electronically based applications while providing engaging and powerful learning experiences, content, and resources applicable to GPC students.”
“It’s a series of training classes this spring with faculty coming up with plans designing implementations of eBooks and certain apps for students,” said Assistant Director of Instructional Technology Tracy Adkins. “The fall semester courses could range from anatomy [to] English to math.”
According to Adkins, there will be close to 16-17 courses available college-wide using iPads. In these courses, each student will receive full access to their iPad and will be able to take them to and from school for the semester.
Students interested in registering for iPad incorporated classes will have to look for a course note when registering for fall classes. When registering online, the course note will be made available to students with an additional disclaimer explaining liability for lost or broken technology.