Australian university to transfer science courses to iPad

Device to replace hard-copy textbooks in some courses

The University of Adelaide intends to replace undergraduate science textbooks with iPad versions from next year onwards.

As part of the plan, students who enrol in an undergraduate science degree from 2011 will get a free iPad.

In a media statement announcing the initiative, Sciences faculty Executive Dean Professor Bob Hill says “Our teaching material will be more accessible, more relevant and more frequently updated, providing the flexible learning environment that students are looking for”.

Hard-copy textbooks will be phased out over several years from 2011, and the content transferred to iPads.

The statement notes: “Extending iPad enhanced learning to other academic areas within the University will be considered following evaluation of this first rollout”.

The University of Adelaide is the first university in Australia to introduce iPad-based courses on such a scale.

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