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Saturday, November 12, 2005

Mobile technologies to give health students access to learning resources in the UK community setting

Using mobile technologies to give health students access to learning resources in the UK community setting (Abstract)

Interesting article in the latest edition of Health Information & Libraries Journal (22 (s2), 51-65. doi: 10.1111/j.1470-3327.2005.00615.x ) by, Graham Walton, Susan Childs & Elizabeth Blenkinsopp, which describes a project, using a literature review and questionnaires, to explore the potential for mobile technologies to give health students in the community access to learning resources (m-learning).

At the time of the review the most prevalent mobile technologies were PDAs, laptops, WAP phones and portable radios with use being concentrated around doctors in the acute sector. A range of advantages and disadvantages to the technology were discovered. Mobile technologies were mainly being used for clinical rather than learning applications. The students showed a low level of awareness of the technology but placed great importance to accessing learning resources from the community.

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