Leading the way Forward
In 1998, UTMB School of Nursing pioneered the first online graduate nursing education program in Texas. With that tradition of embracing technology, we look forward to exploring ways of expanding iLead beyond the BSN curriculum. We look forward to investigating innovative ideas as we adapt to new ways of learning using the iPad. These include more student collaborations on projects, poster presentations, class assignments, research, and other activities. We anticipate reaching out to our Health System with student demonstrations and quality improvement projects and adding more Interprofessional Educational ( IPE ) learning activities with the Schools of Medicine and Health Professions.
UTMB successfully launched the iLead program with the Summer 2019 BSN Traditional Undergraduate program's incoming cohort. This cohort was the first to use the iPad as a tool throughout the entirety of their program to ensure an engaging and interactive learning experience.
UTMB School of Nursing has successfully integrated Apple technology into our classrooms within the Department of Undergraduate Studies. Our experience shows that the 1:1 iPad implementation facilitates students' active learning and empowers innovative pedagogy for educating future nurses. The power and immediacy of the iPad technology facilitates students' engagement and encourages critical thinking in a manner equally accessible to novice and tech-savvy students.
To date, 88% of our BSN Faculty are Certified Apple Teachers, and 88% of students that have graduated since iLead began have reported that the iPad has been a positive addition to their curriculum.
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