These schools include Jacksonville University’s Davis College of Business in Florida, as well as Clemson University, Texas Southern University, Southern Arkansas University, the University of San Francisco, and the University of California campuses in Irvine and San Diego, among others.
Students who enroll in so-called “mobile first” courses in the pilot will access the EmpoweredU platform via smartphones or tablets to stream web-based video content, view online lectures, access news, write essays, develop portfolios, and interact with peers on discussion forums. Students also can complete coursework offline when wi-fi access is not available. Faculty can use the platform to create course sites, administer tests, and grade assignments.
The platform integrates iPad features such as push notifications and FaceTime and supports competency-based learning.
EmpoweredU already has conducted a similar pilot at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. The Haas School has transitioned from pilot to full deployment of the mobile platform for its executive MBA program.