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University of Maryland, Baltimore Graduate Program in Life Sciences provides iPads to students

posted Dec 14, 2010, 12:12 PM by Jim Siegl
The Graduate Program in Life Sciences (GPILS) in partnership with the University of Maryland, Baltimore Graduate School is announcing a two year pilot program which will provide all incoming, full-time, GPILS PhD students that are to enroll in the GPILS Core course with an iPad.  Current GPILS students access their course readings, lecture outlines, PowerPoint files and supplemental lecture materials from a Blackboard site in advance of their in class meetings.  Within a few hours of the conclusion of a lecture, students are able to access both video and audio recordings of the lecture via GPILS’ iTunes University website.  These practices, paired with our desire to promote greater use of e-resources, discussion boards, in class, anonymous polling to assess our students’ understanding of topics in real-time, the growing availability of e-books, and a wealth of relevant “apps” made the determination to expand into mobile devices.