RMU Graduate Students Start Classes with iTouch

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Robert Morris University has always prided itself on incorporating the latest educational technology into its many curricula. As the use of hand-held devices has exploded in business and social arenas, it only makes sense for students, particularly at the graduate level, to make the most of these devices and their many applications.

By including leading edge technology in coursework, and integrating its use to bring the most current information available to our students, we are empowering them with the best resources

Robert Morris University has always prided itself on incorporating the latest educational technology into its many curricula. As the use of hand-held devices has exploded in business and social arenas, it only makes sense for students, particularly at the graduate level, to make the most of these devices and their many applications.

Beginning with the fall quarter in September, new and continuing students in the Morris Graduate School of Management will receive the latest version of iPod touch - or "iTouch," the personal digital assistant (pda) from Apple in orientation.

The iTouch includes - and has the potential to include - all the applications of an iPhone, without the cell phone. It will come with a number of specific applications that relate directly to courses in the Morris Graduate School of Management, such as iFinance, which will be used in finance courses; Simple Mind, an app that facilitates brainstorming sessions and will be particularly useful in student team projects; Nest Egg, which deals with hypothetical situations for personal financial strategizing; and additional newspaper/business subscriptions.

Graduate school faculty members have the onus of reviewing different applications and incorporating their use into the individual curricula. For example, if the curriculum in an advanced marketing, an app on electronic advertising would provide a hands-on approach to the topic.

Students will own the device outright and may download any additional applications, podcasts, music, or media as they desire. The only requirement is that the primary use of the device is its connectedness to coursework and intercommunication among students and with faculty. Students will be able to access the internet and the course management system to check grades. Email and text messages will also enable students to stay in contact with faculty and classmates.

All courses of study at Robert Morris University and the Morris Graduate School of Management prepare students with experience in current technology. Nursing and health studies students use devices unique to their professions that help with such issues as medical record keeping and drug interaction. Culinary students can closely observe cooking techniques through camera-to-station monitors that capture chef instructors in action. Art students create digital artwork and animation; the School of Business Administration uses the latest software for accounting and auditing practices.

Michael P. Viollt, president of RMU, remarked that as Morris Graduate School of Management prepares students for the professional world by insuring that each is exposed to the latest technology. "By including leading edge technology in coursework, and integrating its use to bring the most current information available to our students, we are empowering them with the best resources," he said. "They can step into their careers with not just a working knowledge, but the ability to seek out the answers to questions and problems they will encounter as they grow in their selected professions."

Robert Morris University Illinois is a not-for-profit, baccalaureate and graduate degree granting institution, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.* The University serves over 8000 students interested in getting an education in business, graphic arts, nursing and health care, culinary and computer studies at its main campus in Chicago, as well as at locations in DuPage, Orland Park, Bensenville, Springfield, Peoria, Schaumburg and Lake County. For more information, call 800-RMC-5960 or visit the web site at http://www.robertmorris.edu

*Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, 30 N. LaSalle Street, Chicago, IL 60602, 312-263-0456.

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