Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Look, Ma, no textbooks!

Remember in college--that sort of exciting, sort of scary trip to get textbooks--those puppies could run a hundred bucks each or more.

Now, freshmen in the new biomedical sciences degree program at the Univ of Texas Rio Grande Valley will never buy a traditional book.

Course materials will be delivered to them in iPads.

This is what they call competency-based education--students advance based on their ability to master knowledge and skills. There will be online, classroom, laboratory, or clinical time.

This is considered a ground breaker in pre-med. The emphasis will be on clinical  application.

Each student's experience will be highly personalized with online support from faculty and student "success coaches."

The iPad is provided--saving hundreds of dollars in those bookstore runs.

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