The art of note taking with mobile devices in medical education

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Pyörälä , E , Mäenpää , S , Heinonen , L , Folger , D , Masalin , T & Hervonen , H 2019 , ' The art of note taking with mobile devices in medical education ' , BMC Medical Education , vol. 19 , 96 . https://doi.org/10.1186/s12909-019-1529-7

Title: The art of note taking with mobile devices in medical education
Author: Pyörälä, Eeva; Mäenpää, Saana; Heinonen, Leo; Folger, Daniel; Masalin, Teemu; Hervonen, Heikki
Contributor organization: Department of Education
Life Science Education
The Centre for University Teaching and Learning (HYPE)
University Management
Director and Common Matters
Clinicum
Centre for Information Technology
Common Matters
Medicum
Department of Anatomy
HUS Perioperative, Intensive Care and Pain Medicine
Teachers' Academy
Date: 2019-04-02
Language: eng
Number of pages: 10
Belongs to series: BMC Medical Education
ISSN: 1472-6920
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1186/s12909-019-1529-7
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/301124
Abstract: BackgroundStudents use mobile devices extensively in their everyday life, and the new technology is adopted in study usage. Since 2013, the University of Helsinki has given new medical and dental students iPads for study use. Simultaneously, an action research project on mobile learning started focusing on these students' mobile device usage throughout their study years. Note taking is crucial in academic studies, but the research evidence in this area is scarce. The aims of this study were to explore medical and dental students' self-reported study uses of mobile devices and their best practices of mobile note taking.MethodAn action research project began in 2013 and followed the first student cohort (124 medical and 52 dental students) with iPads from the first until the fifth study year. We explored students' descriptions of their most important study uses of mobile devices and their perceptions of note taking with iPads. The longitudinal data were collected with online questionnaires over the years. The answers to open-ended questions were examined using qualitative content analysis. The findings were triangulated with another question on note taking and focus-group interviews.ResultsThe response rates varied between 73 and 95%. Note taking was the most frequently and consistently reported study use of iPads during the study years. While taking notes, students processed the new information in an accomplished way and personalised the digital learning materials by making comments, underlining, marking images and drawing. The visual nature of their learning materials stimulated learning. Students organised the notes for retention in their personalised digital library. In the clinical studies, medical students faced the teachers' resistance and ambivalence to mobile device usage. This hindered the full-scale benefit of the novel technology in the clinical context.ConclusionsEfficient digital note taking practices were pivotal to students in becoming mobile learners. Having all their notes and learning materials organised in their personal digital libraries enabled the students to retrieve them anywhere, anytime, both when studying for examinations and treating patients in the clinical practice. The challenges the medical students met using mobile devices in the clinical setting require further studies.
Subject: Note taking
Mobile learning
Digitality
Annotation
Medical and dental students
NOTE-TAKING
TECHNOLOGY
CURRICULUM
LEARNERS
516 Educational sciences
Peer reviewed: Yes
Rights: cc_by
Usage restriction: openAccess
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