Using mobile phones on the job
Not only helpful for users in a clinical setting, but becoming increasingly popular for distance learning
- By: Patricia Mechael, Ada Kwan, Sarah Struble
Learning is not limited to the classroom, and in a profession where continuing education is necessary, consideration must be given to learning opportunities anytime and anywhere.1 The use of mobile technologies in health—mobile health (mHealth)—is gaining traction in health education and professional health worker training. Health professionals and students will be expected to incorporate mobile technologies in their day to day responsibilities, especially as mHealth platforms are being used to improve learning. With video, audio, and text features, as well as interactive learning applications, mobile platforms provide new ways to engage, reinforce, and augment material taught through traditional learning. Yet the practice of incorporating mobile learning (mLearning) into the education of health professionals is relatively new and rapidly evolving.
A study published in BMC Medical Education 2 assessed the use and acceptability of personal digital assistants (PDAs) equipped with learning resources given to 387 medical students through surveys, focus groups,