Wednesday, September 2, 2015
Look, Ma, no textbooks!
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.