MBChB - Medicine• In 18 months I had covered thesame amount of content!• Information overload!• I needed to be able to access• Lots of Info• Quickly• EfficientlyOur core texts had allthe answersNo!But we will tryanyway!
So did I find a solution?YesDigital ConsumptionI am a paperless student
MBChB - Medicine• Search across all my content & resources• Seamlessly switch between notetaking, resource apps & textbooks• ↑ Efficacy• ↓ Time taken• ↓ Stress, ↑ Satisfaction• On demand society
Tablet Computing• Not a new idea• Powerful personalised education tool• 18 months – If not sooner!• Expectations will rise!We remember20% of what we read30% of what we hear40% of what we see50% of what we say60% of what we doWhy use one as a student?• Adoption of a device that allows this = no brainer!• Personalised education experience Flexible• Desire is presentUltimately we remember 90% of what weread, see, hear, say and do• Question - “So why haven’t you bought one?”• Answer – “I’ve always wanted to buy one, but I’venever been sure how I could actually use it.”
Consulting Information• Notes & Resources at my finger tips• Notability (Note taking app)– Take a history from the patient• Answer questions with confidence• Refresh memory• Perform with confidence• Instant feedback
Consulting Information• British National Formulary (BNF)– Resource App Instant learning &subsequent reinforcementPocket Body (Anatomy App)• Recap anatomy• Forefront of mind• Anchor points• Improved learning• ↑ retention
• Cluttered• Analogue & basic• Difficulty w/ multiple sources• Can get lost• Simple, efficient• Interactive textbook• Audio/visual content• Can’t get lost
Notability• Best selling note taker of 2012– Handwritten, Typed, Recorded Notes– PDF annotation, Web clipping, Pictures• Exceptional hand writing quality & speed– Zoom window• Auto sync to the cloud– You can’t lose your notes!• Closest experience to a pen & paper– Marginally slower
GoodReader• PDF Viewer & Library• Fast & Smooth PDF viewing– Tabs allow for multiple PDFs– Opens MS office files, pictures, audio & video• Mark up PDFs– Handwritten & typed notes, pop-up comments– Highlighted text, shapes, underlines & strikeout• Organises & handles large PDF files• Syncs with the cloud
Inkling• Interactive, Smart, Multi-touch – books• The future of the textbook– Intuitive navigation– Interactive, movies, animations, music, podcasts, slideshows, interactive images, 3D models– Search through the entire book– Highlight text, make notes & share them• Purchase per chapter– Free content updates
Maximising digital potential• Interactive textbooks as a base model• Smart textbooks would be irresistible!• Why? Simple You will get a better grade• What do I want my textbook to do?– Whilst I study it, it studies me– Inform me of my progress– Adapt the content of the book to me– Be a personal study buddy– A true personal learning environment– Compare me to my peers
Sharing Is Caring• Mendeley• Papers & Articles– Reference manager– Academic social network– Read & Annotate (basic)– Collaborate– Generate bibliographies– Sync to Mendeley
Barriers to being a digital student1. Awareness– Solutions• Librarians – Digital literacy, Student advisors• Publishers – Free (offline) ebooks with paper copies2. Costs– Solutions• Upfront costs wont change – Loaning from libraries?• Publishers Institutional and Private consumption
Challenges• Key dichotomy– Private consumption– Institutional consumption• I get free access to all the popular texts inpaper form from my library• So why not digital?• Fragmentation, Reduced Variety & VariableQuality
My ideal workflow• Interactive textbooks as a standard– Export content from (in PDF format) to my notes• Interactive textbooks– One universal store to buy them (privately)– One universal platform to view them on– Easy to loan from my library (free)• Apply learning analytics• Institutional subscriptions to Apps
Conclusion• Digital consumption is the future– Smartbooks > Interactive Textbooks > PDFs > ePubs > Paper textbooks– Viewable offline & in third party apps• Paperless students will become more common• Publishers need to adapt– Free tools like iBooks Author– Universities are capable of producing & publishing better quality booksthan what the current market provides (ePub) & for free!– When they realise this Power shift? Are you worried yet?• Libraries & Institutions need to re-organise– Funds to incorporate Apps & more digital content– Improve digital literacy, advise and thus ↑ awareness
Thank you for your timePlease feel free to contact meJoshua James HardingJ.J.Harding@warwick.ac.uk@PaperlessMedichttp://uk.linkedin.com/pub/joshua-harding/6a/56a/467/
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