As you prepare for life as a graduate student, one of the things you may be considering is buying a new laptop. However, you may want to check this out before making any big electronic decisions! The Doctor of Chiropractic program (DCP) at Cleveland University-Kansas City (CUKC) is introducing electronic exam software, Examsoft SoftTest-M. This software is available for a free download in the Apple iTunes Store and will allow students and faculty to monitor progress throughout the trimesters. Due to the numerous students on campus already utilizing iPads, they have been adopted as the electronic of choice for the testing software. So, as you venture out to buy a new iPad, make sure to follow these requirements:
Minimum recommended configuration: This must be a full-size iPad 2, with Wi-Fi, 16GB of storage and a compatible Bluetooth keyboard.
– A later version iPad will better support a variety of applications (iPad 3, iPad 4 [Retina Display], iPad 5 [Air], iPad 6 [Air 2], and iPad Pro are also acceptable.
– If you are looking to use your iPad for non-DCP-related content, choose a device with a little more storage, like a 32GB or 64GB.
– The iPad mini does not meet the DCP requirements and its screen is limiting to some applications. This would create a disadvantage when trying to utilize some educational material.
Personally, I just ordered an iPad Pro 12″ 32GB. This will allow me to use it for school and other things. The implementation of the new electronic exam system will be highly beneficial to students and faculty. Students will be able to keep track of their progress throughout the trimester and receive immediate feedback on exams or assignments. For the faculty, they will be able to monitor a student’s progress and be able to provide immediate support for a student if need be. Hopefully, this has helped narrow down your broad electronic “wish list.” Thanks, and as always, keep an eye out for the next blog!