February 10, 2016 — The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) recently awarded National University’s Learning Resource Center (LRC) a technology grant worth $4300. The grant funded a new Technology Bar and iPad Station, expanding digital reference and educational materials available to students at the LRC.
Thanks to the grant, the LRC now has four iPads at its new technology bar and one at the circulation desk. The iPad Air 2s offer apps suggested by National University students, such as:
- Essential Anatomy: a 3-D anatomical model of the human body
- Notability: a powerful note taker
- Khan Academy: offering science sections on physics, chemistry, organic chemistry, health and medicine.
The library’s aim is to create an independent study area using new technology where students can use the electronic resources at their own pace.
Patricia Genardo, LRC director and Russ Iwami, reference librarian, wrote the grant proposal that was one of five proposals funded from the NNLM’s Greater Midwest Region.
“The use of iPads in hospitals and clinical settings is growing,” said Pat Genardo. “We selected tablets and apps based upon student input. We will continue to gather research on useful apps, and ask students for recommendations on future app purchases.”
In addition to providing a new student resource, the LRC is hoping the faculty will visit the technology bar as well. “Faculty who want more exposure to new technology before using it in the classroom, can now explore how the iPad’s app features work. This can help them incorporate these technologies in their lesson plans with more confidence,” said Genardo.
Upgrading digital resources in the LRC is just one of the many ways National University is preparing students to succeed in today’s technology-driven medical environment.