Mobile learning facilitates health schools’ students’ information and learning needs

Suha AlMuhaissen, Faten Hamad, Christine Urquhart, Ruba Tahsin Tarawneh, Muzdalifa Asaad, Mays Abu-Ajamieh

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Abstract

Purpose;

The aim of this research was to investigate the attitudes towards m-learning among medical students in Jordan, and their perceptions about the advantages and disadvantages of m-learning compared to the status quo (mostly face-to-face learning). It also aimed at exploring how m-learning might support information and learning needs during clinical placements in Jordan.

Methodology;

This research used the quantitative research design. Data were collected using a web-based cross-sectional descriptive questionnaire using Google forms. The questionnaire was administered to 703 students from the five medical schools at the University of Jordan and 690 students completed the questionnaire (response rate of 98.2%).

Findings;

Students confirmed that they use mobile devices to support their learning, mainly using their smartphones. Their use of mobile devices for learning was not well advanced, and most preferred face to face learning. There were some differences among the groups of health students, indicating that m-learning habits vary according to existing teaching methods, the type of content required and the particular benefits that m-learning might offer. Also, medicine students appeared to have more diverse information needs and use mobile devices for a variety of learning related activities. Policymakers and educators need to plan carefully and take an organizational approach to ensure that m-learning complements face-to-face learning, effectively and efficiently. Students and staff should be involved in the design of interactive mobile learning materials and tools.

Originality;

n Jordan, Medical education in the University remains traditional, with lecture-based learning supplemented by labs and simulation tools. Several research studies have used technology acceptance models, including, variously, TAM, UTAUT, and TRA (Theory of Reasoned Action) to investigate the factors affecting intentions to use m-learning among higher education students, however, there was no detailed study of medical students’ attitudes exists.

Practical implication;

The results of this research will help policymakers and educators plan infrastructure and curricula for medical education in Jordan, using m-learning to meet the needs of an increased student cohort.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherResearch Square
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Publication statusPublished - 14 Aug 2023

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