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Students sharing an iPad in a hospital

Technology & Innovation

Guided by our vision and supported by a group of faculty, staff, students, alumni and community partners who embrace a spirit of innovation, UC College of Nursing prepares nurse leaders to provide the best care for all patients in the ever-changing and increasingly complex reality of patient and health care.

Our iCoN initiative, started in 2012, has helped us transform the way we teach, the way students learn and the way we lead as a college. The initiative continues to expand, and students are now engaging in active learning strategies, using Apple devices and apps to create capstone projects and receiving real-time feedback on assignments and tests. Faculty members continue to find innovative ways to flip the classroom and more fully engage students. The college’s increasing support for the transformation in teaching and learning and our sustainable model for enhancing technology and innovation has led to our recognition as an Apple Distinguished School since 2014.

Learn about our Apple Distinguished School 2016 designation by downloading the PDF or the multi-touch Book.

Learn about our Apple Distinguished School 2018 designation by downloading the PDF or the multi-touch Book.

Updated Technology Requirements

With the goal of providing the best learning experience, we recently updated our technology requirements for incoming Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and first year Accelerated Direct-Entry Master of Science in Nursing (AMSN) students. Our choices were made based on the current technology environment within the college’s classrooms, which are structured around the Apple ecosystem and built to enable active-learning and student engagement through teaching strategies that leverage airplay, screen sharing, iPad and MacBook native apps. The potential need for synchronous online classes has called for our use of Microsoft Teams, WebEx, Honorlock and Proctor U, all of which require camera/video and audio capabilities, as well as the use of various clinical simulation software that require flash.

Scenario 1: You don’t own a device and need to purchase one. Purchase a MacBook Air only (no iPad). This will let you to successfully work in the college’s ecosystem and taking tests at home using Honorlock and ProctorU.

Scenario 2: You already own a Windows-based laptop. Purchase an iPad, with a minimum of 64GB of storage. The iPad will enable you to successfully work in the college’s ecosystem, while your Windows laptop will be used to take tests at home using Honorlock and Proctor U. Please reference the system minimum requirements below to ensure your current laptop meets requirements for testing.

Scenario 3: You already own a MacBook. No need to purchase any other device. You MacBook will enable you to successfully work in the college’s ecosystem and taking tests at home using Honorlock and ProctorU. Please reference the system minimum requirements below to be sure your current MacBook meets those requirements for testing.

Scenario 4: You already own an iPad only. Purchase a MacBook or a Windows laptop. The iPad will enable you to successfully work in the college’s ecosystem, while your MacBook or Windows laptop will be used to take tests at home using Honorlock and Proctor U. Please reference the system minimum requirements below to be sure your new laptop meets those requirements for testing.

We were the first college to integrate the 1819 Innovation Hub into our curriculum, taking the lead on the university’s outward-facing approach to higher education and adopting its mindset of boldly leaning into the future, creating new opportunities and solutions in the process.

Our culture of committed leadership has allowed us to successfully change the delivery of nursing education and faculty-student interactions, while focusing on the goal of graduating nurse leaders who are critical thinkers and confident with technology so they are able to seamlessly access the technology they need to provide effective care without losing sight of what is most important—the patient.