Vlerick launches pilot project using iPads in education

Anyone starting the MBA-FSI programme in November will now be doing so without paper. Each participant will receive their own personal iPad containing pre-configured applications specially designed for the course. All the teaching material is being digitalised and bundled. The iPad is thereby replacing not only paper courses, but all case studies which need to be read as part of the programme. After completing the course, participants get to keep the iPad. The benefits are clear: better for the environment, cost-effective and more interactive ways of teaching.

Programme manager Jonathan De Grande: MBA-FSI is a specialist MBA programme for the financial and insurance sector. The fact that the bi-weekly modules take place in every corner of the world make this programme an ideal test case. The use of the iPad does not just mean the complete elimination of paper, it also reduces the ecological footprint by avoiding the unnecessary transport of reading materials by plane. Up until now, folders containing printed course material were always dispatched from Belgium to their destination. However fat and heavy course folders are not really very easy for our participants to carry in their baggage. Replacing paper with a digital carrier is a very compact, user-friendly and cost-effective solution, so we are very keen to hear the initial, hopefully positive, feedback from our participants.

Teaching innovation

In addition to the ecological and practical added value, use of the iPad also opens the door to a new, more interactive way of teaching. Lectures are enriched with interactive material, video and other digital possibilities. Use of the iPad will also make it easy for the professors to bring in additional material in-between or during the lectures which can immediately be shared in the group. This ensures greater interactivity between participants among themselves and between participants and lecturers. Things can be adapted, looked up and added instantly.

What does the future have in store?

There will be an initial evaluation of this new way of working very soon. This will allow the pilot project to be adjusted immediately if necessary on the basis of feedback from the participants. In addition, the idea is also to take this first test project to look at whether the move from paper to digital is feasible for other courses at Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School.

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