A Course-Oriented Mobile Learning Application (HSApp: HS(a)App and HS(b)App) for Health Sciences Education in the Medical Faculty Package
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AbstractThe implementation of a four-year curriculum has posed challenges to teachers of different faculties. The Health Sciences I Course, which forms part of the Faculty Package, was introduced to first year students in September 2012. The course aimed to teach students some basic physical and chemical science with some orientation to human physiology, enabling them to understand the natural physiological processes that occur in the human body. Students from Medicine, Pharmacy, Nursing, Chinese Medicine and Public Health were required to study the course in the first term. However, a number of study and learning issues were identified by these students. In view of the varied difficulties, we maximised the use of technological advances by developing the HSApp in October 2013. This application has two variations in terms of difficulty of content, HS(a)App and HS(b)App, which are targeted to each group of students. The applications were optimised for iOS and android devices and were distributed to students via the Blackboard Learn Platform in mid-November 2013. In summary, there are multiple benefits of a locally run web-based packaged mobile learning application. As e-learning courseware is multimedia intensive, acquiring content instantly from the web requires a certain bandwidth that might reduce the quality of the user experience. Consequently, a local application, with all of the content packaged within the device, provides a better user experience for students. It can run without an internet connection and, thus, the content is more accessible to students without concern over network issues and location.
All Author(s) ListIsabel HWANG, WS CHAN, Paul LAM, Ray LEE, Phoebi CHAN, Joseph LEUNG
Journal nameMedical Education
Detailed descriptionSpecial Issue: Abstracts of the 12th Asia Pacific Medical Education Conference (APMEC) & 3rd International Conference on Faculty Development in the Health Professions (ICFDHP), National University of Singapore, Singapore, 4‐8 February 2015
Volume Number49
Issue NumberSuppl. 2
Pages14 - 14
LanguagesEnglish-United Kingdom

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