iCoN Initiative

Nurses use iPads in simulation and clinical setting.

Leveraging the iPad and Technology to Transform Health Care Education

The initial goal of iCoN – which started in 2012 – was to redefine traditional nursing education pedagogies to transform knowledge attainment. Ultimately, the iCoN Initiative has helped transform the traditional classroom model to meet the educational needs of the next generation of nursing students, redefining how students learn, interact, and collaborate.

Through the years, the use of technology throughout the College has expanded – each classroom was redesigned and is now equipped with standardized technology, lecture capture, and the ability to videoconference. Apple TVs were installed in all instructional and meeting spaces in the college. iPad tablets were also installed in the nursing skills and simulation laboratories to record nursing students as they practice their clinical skills and conduct debriefing sessions. All these changes resulted in a movement toward a more innovative approach to teaching with strong emphasis on the student.

Our in-house instructional design and technology department (Center for Academic Technologies and Educational Resources - CATER) created a comprehensive suite of support, development, and design services to provide vision and education, and assist the transition to a less intimidating view of technology. Professional development was designed to build momentum, community, sustainability, and pedagogical context around the iCoN initiative.

Technology is constantly changing in the health care industry. It is important that, as bedside care providers, nurses are competent in the latest technologies to ensure the safest care possible. The future of nursing will require proficiency in technology, and instilling these skills early in a nurse’s education is the key to acquiring and retaining knowledge.

By creating a culture of committed leadership that embraces and supports the use of technology, UC College of Nursing has successfully changed the delivery of nursing education and faculty-student interactions.

Apple Distinguished Program Designation

For its iCoN Initiative, the College has been recognized as an Apple Distinguished Program (ADP) for the 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 academic years. The ADP designation is reserved for programs that meet criteria for innovation, leadership and educational excellence and demonstrate a clear vision for exemplary learning environments.

iCoN Summer Institute

The college annually hosts the iCoN Summer Institute, a three-day conference (with optional pre-conference sessions) for educators looking to use iPad technology to engage students in the classroom.

This year's conference will take place July 17-19 with a pre-conference session July 16 at the University of Cincinnati College of Nursing's Procter Hall.