Title: Mobile learning materials as a 'prompt' for participation in physiology practical classes

Authors: Hardy Ernst; John Harrison; Kay Colthorpe

Addresses: School of Biomedical Sciences, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia. ' School of Journalism and Communication, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia. ' School of Biomedical Sciences, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia

Abstract: This paper presents evidence that 90-sec video vignettes designed for delivery by way of mobile communication devices contribute to 'engaged learning' as measured by higher student participation and attainment in physiology practical classes. By acting as a 'just in time' prompt or 'trigger' for learning, the vignettes situate the students' learning, bridge the link between lectures and practical classes, and provide a rationale for the relationship of the practical class to the aetiology of various disease states.

Keywords: video vignettes; biomedical sciences; learning triggers; just-in-time prompts; learning materials; videos; physiology classes; practical classes; mobile communications; mobile devices; engaged learning; student participation; student attainment; lectures; aetiology; disease states; diseases; University of Queensland; Australia; universities; higher education; mobile learning; m-learning; online learning; e-learning; electronic learning; online learning; internet; world wide web.

DOI: 10.1504/IJMLO.2012.046880

International Journal of Mobile Learning and Organisation, 2012 Vol.6 No.1, pp.25 - 37

Published online: 14 May 2012 *

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