Leeds University is issuing iPhone 3GS models to students in a new educational initiative within the Department of Medicine. The devices sill be used to complete assessments and to access 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," the release claims.
The University points out that provision of tools for distance learning for the students makes sense because in the fourth or fifth years students spend extensive time off site, working in hospitals and health clinics. This makes it difficult to maintain regular contact with tutors.
"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 apps that can be downloaded free-of-charge or purchased will be provided too."