From iPads at the lab bench to interactive projection microscopes, we empower students to pursue the questions most relevant to their studies as we shift the role of the instructor from “sage on the stage” to “guide on the side.”
For every lab bench, an iPad
Gone are the long lab benches that restrict interaction between student and instructor. Instead, we use small group tables, each with an iPad and other innovative teaching applications. This allows instructors to personalize teaching for each group from a central computer, seamlessly conveying the day’s learning while still addressing individual student questions.
Interactive projection microscope
Instead of asking students to crowd around a single microscope, we use an interactive projection microscope, which lets instructors post images directly from the slide onto oversized classroom screens.
Leading the field
Penn’s long been a technological leader in nursing education. We were the first nursing school to have the interactive Sim-Man when we opened our Matias J. Brunner Laboratory and Nursing Simulation Center in 2001. Since then, we’ve received a $4.35 million grant from the Helene Fuld Trust and HSBC bank to support technological innovation in nursing education, including the development of our high-tech Anatomy-Physiology Lab.