Design of a mental calculation app for paramedic students

Bell, Andy ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3319-0456 and Hall, Brendan and Latham, John (2018) Design of a mental calculation app for paramedic students. Journal of Academic Language and Learning, 12 (1). A227-A238. ISSN 1835-5196


Abstract

Paramedics need to perform drug calculations without the aid of a calculator, and meet high standards of accuracy, while in a time critical, high-pressure environment. Paramedic students, however, are not usually in the habit of maintaining their mental arithmetic skills when they first begin their course. Consequently, an MSExcel-based tool is under development that will assist students to help identify, maintain and enhance their mental arithmetic skills. In an attempt to meet the expectations of current students, the design borrows some basic elements of game design, gamification and mastery learning, and covers mathematical skills from simple arithmetic through to contextualised problem solving. This paper shows the design philosophy and needs analysis behind the app, and the methods employed to meet those needs. It also considers some novel challenges with regard to implementing the application within a course.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Health and Wellbeing (1 Jan 2015 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Health and Wellbeing (1 Jan 2015 -)
Date Deposited: 28 Jul 2020 01:20
Last Modified: 29 Apr 2021 06:00
Uncontrolled Keywords: paramedicine course, teaching mathematics, serious game, application design.
Fields of Research (2008): 13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130209 Medicine, Nursing and Health Curriculum and Pedagogy
01 Mathematical Sciences > 0102 Applied Mathematics > 010299 Applied Mathematics not elsewhere classified
Fields of Research (2020): 39 EDUCATION > 3901 Curriculum and pedagogy > 390110 Medicine, nursing and health curriculum and pedagogy
49 MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES > 4901 Applied mathematics > 490199 Applied mathematics not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9303 Curriculum > 930302 Syllabus and Curriculum Development
C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930201 Pedagogy
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/39119

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