School of Medicine at Stanford University adopts iPad

August 2, 2010

School of Medicine at Stanford University has adopted Apple’s iPad so reports Appleinsider.

The School of Medicine at Stanford University has adopted Apple’s iPad, providing the device to all incoming first year medical students and Master of Medicine students.

The school cited four reasons behind the new program, including student readiness, noting that iPad “creates opportunities for efficient, mobile, and innovative learning.”

Stanford also noted “the flexibility of iPad technology,” noting that “iPad allows students to view and annotate course content electronically, facilitating advance preparation as well as in-class note-taking in a highly portable, sharable and searchable format.”

Access to information and “information literacy” was also a consideration, with the school pointing out that “students will be able to easily access high-quality information at any place, at any time (for example, images from textbooks on digital course reserve, image databases, journal articles, Lane Library’s various search tools, etc.)”

A fourth rationale was Stanford’s intent to go green, “replacing printed syllabi with PDFs is in line with the Sustainable Stanford initiative, which aims to build sustainable practices into every aspect of campus life.”

It is interesting to see the four reasons behind adopting the iPad. All of these reasons can be applied to laptops and netbooks. However where the iPad wins out will be efficient mobile learning with the instant on, excellent battery life and portability. The iPad is also quite innovative and they have achieved quite a bit of positive press as a result of this move.

Standford has always had good relations with Apple and are quite close to each other geographically.