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Title

Diginatives or not? Medical students stumble with mobile learning skills

Theme

eP2 ePosters 2

Authors

Teemu Masalin
Eeva Pyorala
Kalle Romanov
Heikki Hervonen

Institutions

University of Helsinki, Faculty of Medicine

Background

  • All incoming students (170) in 2014 were provided with iPads as a part of University of Helsinki Faculty of Medicine's ongoing mobile learning strategy.
  • Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Driving License is a mandatory course to ensure that all students have necessary ICT skills for their studies. The iPad project brought up new demands in ICT teaching.
  • To help the students acquire versatile iPad skills, we offered in-class meetings, a Moodle online course, iPad guides, instructional videos and low-threshold Pop Up sessions.

Summary of Work

  • Students (N=172) were asked to evaluate their iPad skills in the beginning of their studies and three weeks later at the end of the mandatory ICT course.
  • In the questionnaire 20 skills were surveyed with a Guttman scale.

Summary of Results

  • The proportion of students mastering basic iPad skills was high but several iPad skills that are needed to study effectively rated initially much lower.
  • Some of the study-related skills were evaluated to be higher than they actually were.

Conclusion

  • Most of the students were already fluent in basic skills. However, using tablet device effectively in studies requires more than basic skills.  Study-related skills were inadequate for many, but improved considerably during the course.
  • Being diginative when studying with mobile devices is different than being diginative using devices in general.

Take-home Messages

Even though many students are already using mobile devices, it is important to consider and teach the skills needed in studies.

Background
Summary of Work
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