Mobile learning initiatives in nursing education

Rees, Sharon and Moloney, Clint ORCID: and Farley, Helen (2015) Mobile learning initiatives in nursing education. In: Handbook of mobile teaching and learning. Springer-Verlag, Berlin, Germany, pp. 275-289. ISBN 978-3-642-54145-2


Mobile learning is a very exciting approach to learning that has the possibility of changing nursing education, providing learning to nurses when and where they need it and in a manner that will achieve positive learning outcomes. Coming from an apprenticeship model in the military, nurses have traditionally learnt by seeing and then doing. Mobile learning through means such as You Tube and augmented reality offer the best of this traditional way of learning combined with time and cost efficient means of technology use and greater theoretical knowledge. Reaching nurses in rural and isolated communities is also possible through these means. This is achieved through the use of SMS and online learning, that is able to be used at a time and place suitable for the nurse, enabling them to include learning within their lives in a way that suits them. Many isolated trials have occurred in nursing education over the years, starting with the use of PDA’s and although many have shown success there is not a great deal of research been conducted in the use of mobile education in nursing. Considering this research was conducted using a grounded theory approach that investigated nurse’s current use of mobile technology and their beliefs around mobile learning. The study also explored how and when nurses are undertaking continuing education, with the discovery of how they personally resource their learning. When looking at trials of mobile learning within nursing education, it is apparent from these trials and the study that nurses are ready for mobile learning and that mobile learning shows great potential as a method for education within the nursing profession.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
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Additional Information: Chapter 18. Permanent restricted access to Published Version due to publisher copyright policy.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Australian Digital Futures Institute (8 Dec 2010 - 6 Jul 2016)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Australian Digital Futures Institute (8 Dec 2010 - 6 Jul 2016)
Date Deposited: 27 Jun 2016 23:45
Last Modified: 12 Nov 2020 03:45
Uncontrolled Keywords: mobile learning; nursing education; continuing education
Fields of Research (2008): 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
Fields of Research (2020): 39 EDUCATION > 3904 Specialist studies in education > 390405 Educational technology and computing
39 EDUCATION > 3903 Education systems > 390303 Higher education
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930203 Teaching and Instruction Technologies
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