Leeds University UK is issuing iPhone 3GS models to its students within the Department of Medicine for learning purposes. The devices will be used to complete assessments and to access various course materials.
This will be the first time that a UK medical school has provided undergraduates with all the tools they need to study off-campus via mobile phone technology. According to the University, the provision of tools such as an iPhone 3GS to the students in the fourth or fifth years makes sense because in their final years students spend extensive time off campus, working in hospitals and clinics which makes it difficult for them to maintain regular contact with teachers.
Access to Medical Mobile Applications: According to Professor David Cottrell, Dean of the School of Medicine at the University of Leeds: “Copies of key medical textbooks and reference works, including up-to-date guidelines on administering prescription drugs, will also be distributed as iPhone apps. A range of other relevant medical mobile applications that can be downloaded free-of-charge or purchased will be provided too. This is a fantastic scheme and one that Leeds should be proud of. By equipping our students with smartphones, we are putting a whole suite of training tools and educational resources in the palm of their hand.