Title: Trends of mobile technology-enhanced medical education: a review of journal publications from 1998 to 2016

Authors: Ching-Yi Chang; Gwo-Jen Hwang

Addresses: Department of Nursing, Cheng Hsin General Hospital, Taipei City, Taiwan ' Graduate Institute of Digital Learning and Education, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Taipei City, Taiwan

Abstract: The present study systematically reviewed the publications in journals from 1998 to 2016, examining the application domains, subjects, adopted learning strategies, research issues and the findings of mobile technology-assisted medical education. The results indicated that the applications of mobile technology in medical education and training have not yet gained popularity. Although there were increasing number of mobile learning studies in medical education and the recent research outcomes have become more diverse, mobile learning is mainly applied to medical education for improving learners' knowledge comprehension and skills rather than facilitating their higher order thinking (e.g. problem solving or critical thinking). On the other hand, it is found that the number of studies using an experimental design increased greatly in recent years. Most studies adopted questionnaire surveys to examine learners' cognitive performance and concepts, while learning behaviours were seldom analysed. Accordingly, several research issues of mobile medical education are proposed.

Keywords: mobile learning; ubiquitous learning; medical education; literature review; research trends; learning strategy; technology-enhanced learning; research method; medical course; e-learning.

DOI: 10.1504/IJMLO.2018.095153

International Journal of Mobile Learning and Organisation, 2018 Vol.12 No.4, pp.373 - 393

Received: 13 Jan 2018
Accepted: 16 Feb 2018

Published online: 01 Oct 2018 *

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