This study was presented at the Canadian Conference on Medical Education CCME14, 25-29/April/2014, Ottawa, Canada.
Context/ setting: Technology-based learning by means of mobile handheld devices have been among the newly emerging tools of multimedia learning of which the use is getting increasingly popular. This study is intended to explore and evaluate the use of iTunes U as a learning management platform on mobile handheld devices during an anatomy course.
Intervention: Two iTunes U anatomy courses were initiated in parallel with classroom anatomy teaching for second year medical students. iTunes U manager was used to post course material and assignments to enrolled students who have iOS devices. In addition, links to related posts on integrated Facebook Page and YouTube channel were also provided.
Observations: The course played a major role of being a single platform mapped against the academic calendar, which students would be able to view by session’s date and title. Students reported that some of the unique features of iTunes U like “notification”, “reminders”, and “notes” enhanced students control and or follow up of their learning during the anatomy course. It also provided the opportunity to link to related material on social networking sites and benefit from the interactive and collaborative environment of these platforms.
Discussion: Students shared their experience through a focused group discussion, highlighting the advantages and disadvantages of this tool and envisaged its potential applications and the room for better utilization by the students and their faculty.