MU introduces iPads to the curriculum2 min read
Manipal: Manipal University (MU) recently provided around 700 iPads to the first year students of Kasturba Medical College (KMC), Manipal and Mangalore and Manipal College of Dental Sciences (MCODS), Manipal as studying tools.
MU will not be providing eBooks of any kind but will set up an iCloud network in six months to share and distribute notes across classes according to the student’s needs. Students can also download independent eBooks online and avoid carrying books to class. The iPad will also help students study diagrams and the human anatomy through its various features. The iPad’s various other features like internet navigation, storage space of 32GB and 3G networking capabilities can keep the students up-to-date with their class activities.
The iPads were not provided to the engineering colleges due to applications unavailable that are necessary for engineering courses, due to which Acer Travelmate laptops were provided instead. More colleges will be considered for iPads after analysing and gaining feedback on how productive the iPads have been to students under the medicine field.
“Providing us with the iPad was the best decision to be made by MU. We don’t have to carry our extremely heavy books and gives us access to almost everything in the internet in our hands under one thin device. The iPads must definitely be provided to all the colleges under MU so that the whole university stays inter-connected,” said Sachin Suresh, a first year student studying in KMC.
“The students are now in a different ecosystem after providing the iPads. They have access to journals, eBooks and millions of other material available to them via the internet. They will also be able to share notes through the iCloud network that’ll be set up. We have a software development company in Bangalore which is working on developing educational applications for the iPads provided to the university,” said Sathish Kamath, Network Administrator, MU.
The iPad 3 will be provided to any student interested to buy the device from the University at the Chief warden’s office for a discounted rate of 32,137 (Actual cost – 35,000 to 38,000) which was increased from 31,985 due to the increase of VAT rate from five percent to 5.5 percent.
Sub-edited by Bhavani Seetharaman