iPads for all at cultural college

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iPads for all at cultural college

With the iPad officially entering Korea next month, the ChungKang College of Cultural Industries in Icheon City, Gyeonggi, has announced plans to provide iPads to all students, professors and officials at the university as part of a new initiative, “i-College.”

The university said yesterday that it will start the “i-College,” a system of education featuring the use of the iPad, starting next year. The university said the system will be used in all aspects of education, such as homework assignments, lectures, the submission of homework, test-giving and student evaluations.

The goal is to improve communication between students and professors and make the relationship more interactive.

This is the first time in Korea that an educational institution is adopting an iPad program.

Park In-ha, the senior manager for the entrance department at ChungKang College, said the creation of a digitized campus is a new concept.

“Up until now, some universities in Korea have tried to build a ‘smartcampus’ by using smartphones, but we regard it as a trivial one with basic level of technology, just providing information from their Web sites and databases,” Park said.

“Our ‘smartcampus’ is a totally new one — where a tablet computer enables students to study in a more self-initiative environment,” Park said.

According to the university, a scenario for the use of the iPad will be like this: a 20-year-old takes out his iPad from his bag to check the timetable for his school bus. He uses the time waiting for his bus to skim a draft text of a lecture that day, which pops up on the screen. During the lecture, Kim, with no pen or notebook, sends his homework to his professor via the tablet computer and gets feedback on his work. Later in the day, on his way home, he finds that the syllabus for his next class has arrived in his iPad from the professor. He prepares for the next class by borrowing electronic books from a digital library.

The university said the biggest strength for its “smartcampus” will be to enable professors and students to interact freely and immediately whenever they want, which will lead more students to participate in lectures and improve the quality of classes.

“We also think the iPad will help to enhance learning effectiveness when it comes to lectures, such as animation, computer games or cartoons, which have visual attributes in studies,” said Han Na-yeong, a ChungKang professor. “We are highly focused on using the iPad and we are considering adopting other equipment as well.”

By Yu Gil-yong [heejin@joongang.co.kr]
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