Evaluating use of iPads among 1st year medical undergraduates

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This presentation was given at the University of Leicester Learning and Teaching conference on 8 July, 2014. Dr Mark Hamilton and Terese Bird presented their findings about the Medical School's use of iPads in the 1st year medical undergraduate programme.

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Evaluating use of iPads among 1st year medical undergraduates

  1. 1. www.le.ac.uk Evaluating the use of iPads with first-year Medics Learning & Teaching Conference 8 July, 2014 Mark Hamilton, Gráinne Conole, and Terese Bird School of Medicine and Institute of Learning Innovation University of Leicester
  2. 2. What will we talk about? • Student-led • What has happened • Why we are pleased it has happened • What’s next • You can do it too!
  3. 3. Why? • Clinical medicine is rapidly adopting technology • Proactive/reactive • Quickly respond to change • Provide students with up to date digital tools http://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/10914011.Hospitals_to_replace _bedside_charts_with_iPads/
  4. 4. Vision • For changes to be ground up/student led • Practical/sustainable • Open up teaching and learning opportunities • Catalyst other advances/changes Student’s handwritten note
  5. 5. What we did • Began autumn 2013 • Full-size iPad given to every first year • Workbooks no longer printed; instead, PDFs on LMS • Told students to buy Notability (PDF annotation app) • Told students to bring iPads to all class sessions • Qualitative & quantitative surveys
  6. 6. Survey beginning of term It was easy to initially set up the iPad Strongly agree 67.4% Agree 28.9% Neither agree nor disagree 3.6% Column1 Strongly agree 55.4% Agree 37.3% Neither agree nor disagree 7.2% It was easy to download material from Blackboard LMS to the iPad
  7. 7. Survey beginning of term Overall, I am satisfied with using the iPad to enhance my learning in this course. Column1 Strongly agree 40% Agree 42.2% Neither agree nor disagree 7.2% Disagree 8.4% Strongly disagree 1.2% Unanswered 1.2%
  8. 8. Comparison of survey 1 and survey 2 I am satisfied with the learning experience of reading the assigned material on the iPad 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 Survey 1 Survey 2
  9. 9. Comparison of survey 1 and survey 2 I am satisfied with Notability as a way to read and annotate the learning material 0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40 45 50 Survey 1 Survey 2
  10. 10. Student quotes • “At first I was a little apprehensive as I was used to paper format. However once I started using the iPad I had adjusted to the style of learning.... I now find it easy to use a combination of the iPad and written notes... The iPad is extremely useful when trying to access specific material. It also saves carrying lots of documents!” • “I have found that I am more likely to do spontaneous revision by having all my work so readily accessible on the iPad.” • “I think the iPads have been a good way to learn. It makes studying possible in more locations.” • “The iPad is fantastic to use during groupwork, …in fact, I'm not entirely sure how previous years managed these sessions without it!”
  11. 11. How they learn
  12. 12. Findings • Introducing iPads has been successful – Replaced paper – Achieved with almost no specialised support – High student satisfaction • Student-led innovation – Devising self tests – Creative group work – Mindmaps – Drawing
  13. 13. What’s next? • Interactive ebooks – Video – Audio – Quizzes – Offline viewing – Annotate-able • Catalyst for staff innovation – Webinar tutorials – Interactive lectures • Looking at assessment

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